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27th June 2013

In an effort to provide relevant information for those Americans living abroad as well as those foreign nationals who may have business to conduct at a US Embassy or US Consulate it has been the practice of the administration of this blog to post the holiday closing times for US Embassies and Consulates in and around Southeast Asia. The following is quoted directly from the official website of the United States Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand:

Official Holidays 2013
Month Date Day Occasion
January 1 Tuesday New Year’s Day
January 21 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
February 18 Monday Presidents’ Day
April 8 Monday Substitute day of King Rama I Memorial and Chakri Day
April 12 Friday Songkran Festival
April 15 Monday Songkran Festival
April 16 Tuesday Substitute day of Songkran Festival
May 6 Monday Substitute day of Coronation Day
May 24 Friday Visakha Bucha Day
May 27 Monday Memorial Day
July 4 Thursday Independence Day
August 12 Monday Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday
September 2 Monday Labor Day
October 14 Monday Columbus Day
October 23 Wednesday Chulalongkorn Day
November 11 Monday Veterans Day
November 28 Thursday Thanksgiving Day
December 5 Thursday His Majesty the King’s Birthday
December 10 Tuesday Constitution Day
December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day
December 31 Tuesday New Year’s Eve

Those seeking information about the United States Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand are encouraged to visit their homepage by clicking HERE.

The US Embassy in Bangkok is tasked with adjudicating visa applications for non-immigrant visas such as the B-1 visa, the B-2 visa, and the F-1 visa; the immigrant visa section adjudicates applications for visas such as the CR-1 visa, the IR-1 visa, the K-1 visa, and the K-3 visa. American Citizen Services is responsible for assisting Americans in renewing passports, issuing new visa pages for US passports, issuing Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, providing notary services, as well as a wide variety of other functions. Generally, it is advisable to make an appointment prior to traveling to the Embassy as this can facilitate quicker processing of relevant requests.

For related information please see: US Visa Thailand.

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20th February 2011

The following was quoted directly from the official website of the United States Embassy in Moscow, Russia:

American holidays that fall on weekends will be observed on either Friday or Monday. Russian holidays that fall on weekends will be observed the following workday after the holiday (usually Monday or Tuesday). In the above list, the actual date (Saturday or Sunday) appears in parentheses.

Official American and Russian Holidays for December 2010 and the Year 2011

December 24 Friday (Saturday) US Christmas Day
December 31 Friday (Saturday) US New Year’s Day
January 3 Monday R New Year’s Day
January 4 Tuesday R New Year’s Day
January 5 Wednesday R New Year’s Day
January 6 Thursday (Saturday) R New Year’s Day
January 7 Friday R Orthodox Christmas
January 10 Monday (Sunday) R New Year’s Day
January 17 Monday US Martin Luther King’s
February 21 Monday US President’s Day
February 23 Wednesday R Defender’s Day
March 7 Monday R Bridge holiday
March 8 Tuesday R Women’s Day
May 2 Monday (Sunday) R May Day
May 9 Monday R Victory Day
May 30 Monday US Memorial Day
June 13 Monday (Sunday) R Russian Independence Day
July 4 Monday US American Independence Day
September 5 Monday US Labor Day
October 10 Monday US Columbus Day
November 4 Friday R Day of Consent & Reconciliation
November 11 Friday US Veteran’s Day
November 24 Thursday US Thanksgiving Day
December 26 Monday (Sunday) US Christmas Day

Saturday, January 1, and Sunday, January 2, by Russian Law will be celebrated on Thursday, January 6, and Monday, January 10. Friday, January 7 is Russian Orthodox Christmas, and is already a holiday.

Those wishing to view the official homepage of the United States Embassy in Russia please click HERE.

Those seeking services traditionally provided by an American Citizen Services Section of a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad (such as issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, US Passport, or additional visa pages for a previously issued US Passport) may be well advised to attempt to contact the post to make an appointment for such services in advance as doing so may streamline the processing of requests.

Those seeking non-immigrant visas to the USA such as the B-2 visa (tourists), F-1 visa (students), J-1 visa (exchange visitors), or B-1 visa (business visa) are likely to see their visa application processed by a US Non-immigrant visa unit abroad. Such applications are usually processed pursuant to the language of section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents seeking immigrant spouse visas such as the CR-1 visa or the IR-1 visa are likely to see their visa application processed at an Immigrant Visa Unit abroad. It should be noted that although the K-1 visa is technically a non-immigrant US fiance visa it is generally processed in much the same manner as the immigrant spouse visas.

Those seeking an EB-5 visa as a prospective immigrant investor in the USA are likely to only have a visa application processed pursuant to an approved immigration petition from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). The same could be said for those seeking an L-1 visa.

For related information please see: EB-5 Visa Russia.

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20th February 2011

Those familiar with this web log may have noticed that the administration routinely posts information pertaining to the holiday closing schedules of the various United States Missions in Asia as a courtesy to American travelers worldwide. The following 2011 holiday closing schedule is quoted directly from the official website of the United States Consulate in Vladivostok, Russia:

December 24 Friday (Saturday) US Christmas Day
December 31 Friday (Saturday) US New Year’s Day
January 3 Monday R New Year’s Day
January 4 Tuesday R New Year’s Day
January 5 Wednesday R New Year’s Day
January 6 Thursday (Saturday) R New Year’s Day
January 7 Friday R Orthodox Christmas
January 10 Monday (Sunday) R New Year’s Day
January 17 Monday US Martin Luther King’s
February 21 Monday US President’s Day
February 23 Wednesday R Defender’s Day
March 7 Monday R Bridge holiday
March 8 Tuesday R Women’s Day
May 2 Monday (Sunday) R May Day
May 9 Monday R Victory Day
May 30 Monday US Memorial Day
June 13 Monday (Sunday) R Russian Independence Day
July 4 Monday US American Independence Day
September 5 Monday US Labor Day
October 10 Monday US Columbus Day
November 4 Friday R Day of Consent & Reconciliation
November 11 Friday US Veteran’s Day
November 24 Thursday US Thanksgiving Day
December 26 Monday (Sunday) US Christmas Day

Those wishing to visit the official website of the United States Consulate are encouraged to click HERE.

Those seeking services such as the issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, the addition of pages to a US Passport, or the issuance of a new US Passport are well advised to contact American Citizen Services (ACS) at a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad. In many cases, making an appointment with ACS prior to arrival at the Post can greatly streamline the processing of requests.

Those wishing to obtain non-immigrant visa benefits for the United States [such as a US tourist visa (B-2 visa), US student visa (F-1 visa), US business visa (B-1 visa), or a US exchange visitor visa (J-1 visa)] are likely to see their visa application processed at a non-immigrant visa unit abroad. Applicants should note that non-immigrant visa applications are generally scrutinized pursuant to section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those Americans wishing to obtain Immigrant spouse visa benefits (such as the CR-1 visa and the IR-1 visa) are likely only eligible to do so after receiving an approved immigration petition from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Those seeking non-immigrant US fiance visa benefits in the form of the K-1 visa are likely to see their visa application processed in a manner similar to the Immigrant spouse visas noted above.

Those seeking immigrant investor visas such as the EB-5 visa or the L-1 visa are likely to only see their visa application processed after the approval of an immigration petition from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

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19th February 2011

Those who read this blog with any frequency are no doubt aware that the administration routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of the various Asia-Pacific US Missions as a courtesy to the public. The following 2011 holiday closing schedule is quoted directly from the official website of the United States Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand:

Date

Occasion

Location

January 1 – Saturday (holiday Dec 31, 2010 (US), Jan 3 (NZ)) New Year’s Day NZ/US
January 2 – Sunday (holiday Jan 4 (NZ)) Day After New Year’s Day NZ
January 17 – Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday US
January 24 – Monday Wellington Anniversary (Wellington Only) NZ
January 31 – Monday Auckland Anniversary (Auckland Only) NZ
February 6 - Sunday Waitangi Day NZ
February 21 – Monday Presidents’ Day US
April 22 – Friday Good Friday NZ
April 25 – Monday Easter Monday NZ
April 25 – Monday Anzac Day NZ
May 30 – Monday Memorial Day US
June 6 – Monday Queen’s Birthday NZ
July 4 – Monday Independence Day US
September 5 – Monday Labor Day US
October 10 – Monday Columbus Day US
October 24 – Monday Labour Day NZ
November 11 – Friday Veterans Day US
November 11 – Friday Canterbury Anniversary (Christchurch Only) NZ
November 24 – Thursday Thanksgiving Day US
December 25 – Sunday Christmas Day NZ/US
December 26 – Monday Boxing Day NZ

Note: The Embassy and Consulate observe New Zealand and American public holidays.

Those wishing to visit the official website of the US Embassy in New Zealand please click HERE.

Those wishing to obtain services which can only be performed by American Consular officers (such as Consular Report of Birth Abroad issuance, US Passport issuance, or issuance of additional visa pages to a previously issued US Passport) are well advised to attempt to make an appointment online with the American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the US Embassy or US Consulate with appropriate geographic jurisdiction.

Those seeking Non-Immigrant Visas such as the US student visa (F-1 visa) or the J-1 exchange visitor visa are likely to see their visa application processed by a non-immigrant visa unit. It should be noted that applications for the visa categories noted above are likely to be scrutinized pursuant to section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those American Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents seeking immigrant visas such as the CR-1 visa and/or the IR-1 visa for a foreign spouse are likely to see the beneficiary’s visa application processed at an Immigrant Visa Unit abroad. It should be noted that for processing purposes the K-1 visa (A non-immigrant US fiance visa) is treated in much the same manner as the spousal visa categories noted above.

EB-5 visa seekers and L-1 visa seekers must generally obtain approval on an immigration petition from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) prior to making a visa application at a US Mission abroad. E-2 visa seekers may be required to process an immigration petition or apply at a US Post abroad depending upon the applicant’s circumstances.

For more information about Immigration In America by Investment please see: EB-5 Visa New Zealand.

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