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2nd May 2011

It recently came to this blogger’s attention that the Premier of China has expressed interest in expanded trade relations with the economies comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). To quote directly from the official website of the China Post, ChinaPost.com.tw:

JAKARTA — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Saturday Beijing wants to boost cooperation in trade and security with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

In a policy speech on the last day of a three-day visit to Indonesia, the current chair of ASEAN and its biggest member, Wen extolled the virtues of an ASEAN-China free trade agreement (FTA) that came into effect in January.

It should be noted that the trade between the jurisdictions comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China is not negligible. As the economy of China has shown tremendous growth in recent years, so too have many of the ASEAN nations. It is interesting that as both regions grow, they seem to create a mutually beneficial feedback loop in terms of trade and business. To quote further from the aforementioned article in the China Post:

“Last year, China became ASEAN’s biggest trading partner. We launched the largest FTA among developing countries and we have set the target of US$500 billion in two-way trade by 2015,” he said.

The administration of this web log highly recommends that readers click upon the above hyperlinks to learn more on this story and the issues associated therewith. It would appear as though the current trading relationship between ASEAN and China is highly beneficial to many of the economies concerned.

Meanwhile, of possibly more pressing interest to some, it would appear as though the United States Embassy in India is taking some precautionary measures in the aftermath of the recent announcement that notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden is deceased. To quote directly from the official website of the Times of India:

NEW DELHI: Immediately after the United States informed India on Monday about the killing of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden by American forces in Pakistan, security was tightened around the US Embassy in New Delhi and consulates in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

“Besides asking Delhi Police to enhance its deployment around the US embassy here, the home ministry issued advisories asking states having US consulates to strengthen the security of these places”, said a senior home ministry official.

The administration of this blog again strongly recommends that readers click upon the hyperlinks above to read the above story in detail. Frequent readers of this web log may take note of the fact that the United States maintains the American Corner Bangalore.

Clearly authorities are taking precautions in reaction to recently announced events. It is likely that further information will come to light regarding all of these subjects in the coming weeks, months, and years. Hopefully, all of these precautions will prove unnecessary, but this remains, as of yet, to be seen.

For related information please see: business in China or US Visa India.

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11th January 2011

Those who read this blog with any regularity may have noticed that the administration routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of the multiple United States Embassies and United States Consulates in Asia. This is done in an effort to hopefully forestall fruitless trips to an American Embassy abroad on a holiday. The following was quoted directly from the United States Consulate in Hyderabad, India:

DAY DATE HOLIDAY TYPE
Friday December 31, 2010* New Year’s Day (American)

Friday January 14 Sankranthi (Indian)
Monday January 17 Martin Luther’s King’s Birthday American
Wednesday January 26 Republic Day Indian
Monday February 21 Washington’s Birthday American
Monday April 4 Ugadi Indian
Friday April 22 Good Friday Indian
Monday May 30 Memorial Day American
Monday July 4 Independence Day American
Monday August 15 Independence Day Indian
Wednesday August 31 Idu’l Fitr# Indian
Thursday September 1 Ganesh Chaturthi Indian
Monday September 5 Labor Day American
Thursday October 6 Dusshera Indian
Monday October 10 Columbus Day American
Wednesday October 26 Diwali Indian
Monday November 7 Idu’Zua Indian
Friday November 11 Veterans Day American
Thursday November 24 Thanksgiving Day American
Monday December 26** Christmas Day American

* In lieu of January 1, 2011 (Saturday)

** In lieu of December 25, 2011 (Sunday)

(#)  Exact date to be confirmed according to the lunar calendar

Note: In the year 2011, one Indian National Holiday, Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday, falls on Sunday. The post will observe this holiday on Sunday, October 2, 2011.

Those seeking issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, US Passport, or new visa pages for a previously issued United States Passport are well advised to contact an American Citizen Services Section of the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. In many cases, those seeking such services can make an appointment in advance and thereby streamline the overall process.

For those wishing to visit the official homepage of the US Consulate in Hyderabad directly please click HERE.

Those seeking non-immigrant visas such as the US tourist visa are generally required to process their application through a Non-Immigrant Visa Unit of a US Consulate abroad. In virtually all cases, such applications must be scrutinized pursuant to section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those seeking family based visas such as the IR-1 visa or the CR1 Visa are generally required to process such applications through an Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit. The K1 visa application, although technically for a non-immigrant US fiance visa, is processed in much the same manner as an Immigrant visa.

Those seeking an EB-5 visa (Immigrant Investor Visa) or an L-1 visa (intra-company transferee visa) are usually required to first obtain an approved immigration petition from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

For related information please see: K1 Visa India.

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11th January 2011

The following was directly quoted from the official website of the United States Consulate in Chennai, India:

The U.S. Mission will officially observe only the holidays listed below.

Date

Day

Holiday

Type

December 31, 2010*

Friday

New Year’s Day

American

January 17

Monday

Martin Luther King’s Birthday

American

January 26

Wednesday

Republic Day

Indian

February 21

Monday

Washington’s Birthday

American

April 14

Thursday

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s Birthday

(not for Karnataka)

Indian

April 22

Friday

Good Friday

Indian

May 30

Monday

Memorial Day

American

July 4

Monday

Independence Day

American

August 15

Monday

Independence Day

Indian

August 31

Wednesday

Idu’l Fitr (Ramzan)

Indian

September 1

Thursday

Vinayakar Chathurthi

Indian

September 5

Monday

Labor Day

American

October 5

Wednesday

Ayutha Pooja

Indian

October 6

Thursday

Vijaya Dasami

Indian

October 10

Monday

Columbus Day

American

October 26

Wednesday

Deepavali

Indian

November 1

Tuesday

Karnataka Rajyotsava Day

(for Karnataka only)

Indian

November 7

Monday

Idu’l Zuha (Bakrid)

Indian

November 11

Friday

Veterans Day

American

November 24

Thursday

Thanksgiving Day

American

December 26**

Monday

Christmas Day

American

* in lieu of January 1, 2011 (Saturday)
**  in lieu of December 25, 2011 (Sunday)

This blog routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of United States Posts abroad because this blogger has personally found himself at an American Mission that was closed due to observance of a holiday. It is hoped that by posting this information it will forestall this from happening to others in the future.

Those seeking the official homepage of the US Consulate in Chennai, India please click HERE.

Those seeking services such as issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, US Passport, or additional visa pages for a previously issued American passport are well advised to contact an American Citizen Services Section of the nearest US Embassy or US Consulate. In many cases, those seeking services may book an appointment online and thereby streamline the overall processing of a request.

Those seeking a temporary visa such as a US Tourist Visa are likely to process their application through a Non-Immigrant Visa Unit at a US Post abroad. Those seeking such visas are generally scrutinized pursuant to the legal presumptions imposed by section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those seeking a US Marriage Visa for an Indian spouse are likely to process their IR-1 or CR-1 visa application through an Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit at a US Post abroad. In general, the K-1 visa, considered a non-immigrant US fiance visa, is treated in much the same way as immigrant visas for processing purposes.

Those wishing to acquire an EB-5 visa for investment purposes or an L-1 visa as an intra-company transferee must usually have an immigration petition approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) prior to processing a visa application.

For related information please see: US Visa India.

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11th January 2011

The following is directly quoted from the official website of the United States Consulate in Kolkata, India:

The U.S. Consulate General, the Consular/Visa Section, the Public Affairs Office at the American Center comprising of The American Library(AIRC), USIEF(United States India Educational Foundation) and the United States Foreign Commercial Service at Kolkata, India will observe the following American and Indian holidays in the year 2011.

DATE

DAY

HOLIDAY

TYPE

December 31

Friday*

Substitute for New Year’s Day

American

January 17

Monday

Martin Luther King’s Birthday

American

January 26

Wednesday

Republic Day

Indian

February 21

Monday

Washington’s Birthday

American

April 22

Friday

Good Friday

Indian

May 30

Monday

Memorial Day

American

July 4

Monday

Independence Day

American

August 15

Monday

Independence Day

Indian

August 31

Wednesday

Id-Ul-Fitre

Indian

September 5

Monday

Labor Day

American

October 4

Tuesday

Astami – Durga Puja

Indian

October 5

Wednesday

Nabami – Durga Puja

Indian

October 6

Thursday

Dashami – Durga Puja

Indian

October 10

Monday

Columbus Day

American

October 11

Tuesday

Lakshmi Puja

Indian

October 26

Wednesday

Kali Puja

Indian
November 7

Monday

Id-Ul-Zoha

Indian

November 11

Friday

Veterans Day

American

November 24

Thursday

Thanksgiving Day

American
December 26

Monday**

Christmas Day

American


*In lieu of Saturday , 1/1/11
** In lieu of Sunday, 12/25/11

The administrator of this blog routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of various United States Missions in Asia in an attempt to forestall fruitless trips by Americans abroad to a US Embassy or US Consulate only to find such Posts closed in observance of either an American or, for these purposes, Indian holiday. Those wishing to obtain a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, US Passport, or additional visa pages in a previously issued US Passport are well advised to contact an American Citizen Services Section of the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate. In many cases, an appointment can be made in advance over the internet.

Those interested in visiting the official homepage of the American Consulate in Kolkata please click HERE.

Individuals seeking a temporary United States visa for tourism (B-2 visa), studying (F-1 visa), business (B-1 visa), or cultural exchange (J-1 visa) are usually required to process their application through a Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Unit of a United States Embassy or Consulate abroad. It should be noted that non-immigrant visa applicants must overcome the legal presumption enshrined in section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those seeking an American family based visa are generally required to process their application through an Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit abroad after the adjudication and approval of an immigration petition at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Although not technically an immigrant visa per se, the K-1 visa, a US fiance visa, is treated much the same way as an American immigrant visa for processing purposes.

Those seeking an L-1 visa or an EB-5 visa are also usually required to process an immigration petition through USCIS prior to making an application for an actual visa at a US Embassy abroad.

For related information please see: Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

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11th January 2011

Those who read this web log with any frequency may have noticed that the administration tries to post the holiday closing schedules of many of the US Embassies and US Consulates in Asia. This is done in an effort to forestall possibly fruitless trips to a closed US Embassy observing either an American or foreign holiday. The following is the holiday closing schedule of the United States Embassy in New Delhi, India as quoted directly from that Embassy’s official website:

Date Day Holiday Type
December 31,  2010* Friday New Year’s Day American
January 17 Monday Martin Luther King’s Birthday American
January 26 Wednesday Republic Day Indian
February 21 Monday Washington’s Birthday American
April 22 Friday Good Friday Indian
May 30 Monday Memorial Day American
July 4 Monday Independence Day American
August 15 Monday Independence Day Indian
August 22 Monday Janamashtami Indian
August 31 Wednesday Idu’l Fitr Indian
September 5 Monday Labor Day American
October 6 Thursday Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami) Indian
October 10 Monday Columbus Day American
October 26 Wednesday Diwali Indian
October 27 Thursday Govardhan Puja Indian
November 10 Thursday Guru Nanak’s Birthday Indian
November 11 Friday Veterans’ Day American
November 24 Thursday Thanksgiving Day American
December 6 Tuesday Muharram Indian
December 26** Monday Christmas Day American

*    in lieu of January 1, 2011 (Saturday)
**  in lieu of December 25, 2011 (Sunday)

Those seeking services such as the issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, US  Passport, or additional visa pages for a previously issued American passport are well advised to contact the American Citizen Services Section of an American Mission abroad. In  many cases, Americans seeking such services can make an appointment in advance. Making an advance appointment can greatly facilitate the processing of requests as Consular Officers are provided with an opportunity to foresee the customers needs when an appointment is made in advance. In order to make an appointment online one may be required to register an appointment on the US Mission’s official website.

Those seeking the homepage of the official website of the United States Embassy in New Dehli, India should click HERE.

Those seeking visas such as the US Tourist Visa (B-2 visa), US Student Visa (F-1 visa), US Exchange Visitor Visa (J-1 visa), or the US Business Visa (B-1 visa) may be required to process their visa application through a Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Unit at a US Consulate abroad. In many cases, such applications are scrutinized pursuant to section 214b of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act which can create difficulties for those applicants who cannot show “strong ties” to India and “weak ties” to the United States of America.

Those Indian Nationals with Lawful Permanent Residence or American Citizens wishing to obtain an IR-1 visa or a CR-1 visa for an Indian loved one will likely be required to process their visa application through an Immigrant Visa Unit abroad. Unless it is possible to execute a Direct Consular Filing for such a visa, it is likely that such a visa application would only be adjudicated after the initial adjudication of an immigration petition at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). For application processing purposes it should be noted that the K1 visa, although a non-immigrant US fiance visa, is generally treated  in much the same manner as an immigrant visa application.

Those Indian Nationals seeking an EB-5 visa for immigrant investment purposes or an L-1 visa for an intracompany transferee are generally required to process an immigration petition at USCIS prior to visa application abroad.

For related information please see: K1 Visa India.

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23rd November 2010

The administrator of this blog recently came across a press release from the United States Mission in India. The following is quoted directly from the press release as distributed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA):

New Delhi – In an effort to make the visa application process more convenient for all Indians, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and Consulates General in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad now accept visa applications from across India at all visa facilities, regardless of the applicant’s home address or city of residence. This is part of Mission India’s ongoing effort to facilitate legitimate travel to the United States.

Following the opening of Consulate General Hyderabad in 2008, the U.S. Mission has looked for ways to best capture the dynamism of India’s growth across the nation. As a result, we also redesigned our consular districts. Therefore, effective immediately, our consular districts will be reorganized as follows: Embassy Delhi: Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bhutan; Consulate Mumbai: Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Diu and Daman, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli; Consulate Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh, Orissa; Consulate Chennai: Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands; Consulate Kolkata: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal

U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer said, “With these changes, we believe our Consulates General and our Embassy in New Delhi will be even better positioned to support and serve Indian visa applicants, as well as American citizens and businesses throughout India.”

Actions such as those noted above can have a tremendous positive impact upon those Indian Nationals seeking United States Immigration benefits as the ability to process such travel documents at any Post in India generally results in a great deal more convenience compared to the policy of keeping Consular jurisdictions mutually exclusive.

Each year, many Indian Nationals seek visa benefits of the United States of America. While some may seek US family visa benefits in order to reunite with loved ones. Other applicants seek non-immigrant visas for short terms stays in the USA. Still others seek employment based visas to the US such as the L1 visa. Meanwhile, there are some who opt to seek United States Permanent Residence by investment through use of the EB-5 visa program.

Policies such as the aforementioned one adopted by the US Mission in India should be applauded as this shows a sincere effort on the part of the Mission in India to take measures which may be beneficial to those seeking visas to America.

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

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6th August 2010

As stated in recent postings on this blog, Holiday Closing Schedules for US Embassies and US Consulates overseas are routinely posted on this site in order to provide insight to those American travelers abroad who may be seeking services from a US Embassy or US Consulate located in one’s host country. Also, foreign nationals seeking services at an American Mission abroad may benefit from information regarding Post closure. The following Holiday closing schedule is directly quoted from the official website of the United States Consulate in Chennai, India:

The U.S. Mission will officially observe only the holidays listed below.

Date Day Holiday Type
January 1 Friday New Year’s Day American
January 14 Thursday Pongal/Tamil New Year’s Day
(not for Karnataka)
Indian
January 15 Friday Thiruvalluvar Day Indian
January 18 Monday Martin Luther King’s Birthday American
January 26 Tuesday Republic Day Indian
February 15 Monday Washington’s Birthday American
April 2 Friday Good Friday Indian
April 14 Wednesday Dr. Ambedkar’s Birthday Indian
May 31 Monday Memorial Day American
July 5* Monday Independence Day American
September 1 Wednesday Krishna Jayanthi Indian
September 6 Monday Labor Day American
September 10 Friday Idu’l Fitr (Ramzan) Indian
October 11 Monday Columbus Day American
November 1 Monday Karnataka Rajyotsava Day
(for Karnataka only)
Indian
November 5 Friday Deepavali Indian
November 11 Thursday Veteran’s Day American
November 17 Wednesday Idu’l Zuha (Bakrid) Indian
November 25 Thursday Thanksgiving Day American
December 17 Friday Muharram Indian
December 24** Friday Christmas Day American

* in lieu of July 4, Sunday
** in lieu of December 25, Saturday

Generally, Americans seeking assistance at a US Embassy or US Consulate overseas are in need of services such as Passport replacement, retrieval of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, addition of visa pages, or signature notarization. For services such as this American Citizens are generally wise to check with the American Citizen Services (ACS) section of an Embassy or Consulate overseas in order to ascertain if appointments can be scheduled online. The reason why this is so important is due to the fact that many ACS sections have a great deal of demand placed upon their time. Therefore, scheduling an appointment in advance and specifying the services sought can assist the Consular Officers in streamlining their services in such a way that the customers needs are met quickly, efficiently, and effectively.

Those seeking a US visa abroad must check each Post’s policy regarding visa interview scheduling. Generally, non-immigrant visa interviews are conducted in a different manner compared to Immigrant visa interviews. It has been this author’s experience that for purposes of visa application adjudications abroad K1 visa applications are treated as Immigrant visa applications even though the visa itself is a non-immigrant quasi-dual intent travel document.

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4th August 2010

Every year, many Americans travel throughout Asia. As a result, these American travelers sometimes find themselves in need of services that can only be handled by an officer of the government of the United States of America. For example, an American Citizen who loses his or her passport overseas is well advised to travel to the nearest US Embassy or US Consulate in order to apply for a replacement passport. Unbeknownst to some, American Missions abroad generally close their facilities in observance of both American holidays as well as holidays observed in the host country. This author has personally traveled to the US Embassy Bangkok only to find the Post closed in observance of American Veterans’ Day. Hopefully, by posting Embassy and/or Consulate holiday closing schedules on this blog it will forestall futile travel to a closed Post. The following is directly quoted from the official website of the United States Consulate in Mumbai, India:

Holidays 2010

Date

Day

Holiday

American/Indian

January 01

Friday

New Year’s Day

American

January 14 Thursday Makar Sankaranti (for Ahmedabad USCS only) Indian

January 18

Monday

Martin Luther King’s B’Day

American

January 26

Tuesday

Republic Day

Indian

February 12 Friday Mahashivratri Indian

February 15

Monday

Washington’s Birthday

American

March 1

Monday

Holi

Indian

March 16

Tuesday

Gudi Padwa (for Ahmedabad USCS only)

Indian

April 2

Friday

Good Friday

Indian

May 27

Thursday

Buddha Pournima

Indian

May 31

Monday

Memorial Day

American

July 05 *

Monday

Independence Day

American

August 19 Thursday Parsi New Year Indian

September 06

Monday

Labor Day

American

September 10 Friday Ramzan-Id (Id-ul-Fitar) Indian

October 11

Monday

Columbus Day

American

November 5

Friday

Diwali (Laxmi Pujan)

Indian

November 11

Thursday

Veterans’ Day

American

November 17 Wednesday Bakri Id (Id-ul-Zua) Indian

November 25

Thursday

Thanksgiving Day

American

December 24**

Friday

Christmas Day

American

* In lieu of July 4, Sunday
** In lieu of December 25, Saturday

Note: The American Citizens Services Unit will remain closed for services on every last Wednesday of each month for administrative purposes.

American Citizen Services (ACS) generally assists US Citizens, or Lawful Permanent Resident traveling abroad, with matters such as Passport issuance, Consular Report of Birth Abroad issuance, issuance of new visa pages, as well as notarizations. Those who may need to request the services of ACS are well advised to check the holiday closing schedule and also look to the official Consulate website in order to ascertain whether or not the Post provides online appointment scheduling. Scheduling an appointment online can greatly streamline dealing with ACS as Consular Officers are put on notice of requested services and can plan accordingly.

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3rd August 2010

This blog frequently posts the holiday closing schedules of US Embassies and US Consulates overseas in an effort to forestall Americans or foreign nationals making an unnecessary and fruitless trip to the Post facilities of a US Mission abroad. The following is the holiday closing schedule for the United States Consulate-General in Kolkata, India as quoted directly from the official website of the US Consulate in Kolkata:

The U.S. Consulate General, the Consular/Visa Section, the Public Affairs Office at the American Center comprising of The American Library(AIRC), USIEF(United States India Educational Foundation) and the United States Foreign Commercial Service at Kolkata, India will observe the following American and Indian holidays in the year 2010.

DATE

DAY

HOLIDAY

TYPE

January 1

Friday

New Year’s Day

American

January 18

Monday

Martin Luther King’s Birthday

American

January 20

Wednesday

Shree Panchami

Indian

January 26

Tuesday

Republic Day

Indian

February 15

Monday

Washington’s Birthday

American

April 02

Friday

Good Friday

Indian

April 15

Thursday

Bengali New Year

Indian

May 31

Monday

Memorial Day

American

July 5

Monday*

Independence Day

American

September 6

Monday

Labor Day

American

October 11

Monday

Columbus Day

American

October 14

Thursday

Durga Puja(Saptami)

Indian

October 15

Friday

Durga Puja(Ashtami)

Indian

October 22

Friday

Lakshmi Puja

Indian

November 05

Friday

Kali Puja

Indian

November 11

Thursday

Veterans’ Day

American

November 17

Wednesday

Id-Ul-Zoha

Indian
November 25

Thursday

Thanksgiving Day

American
December 17

Friday

Muharram

Indian
December 24

Friday**

Christmas Day

American


*In lieu of Sunday , 7/4/10
** In lieu of Saturday, 12/25/10

Some of the popular reasons why American Citizens travel to a US Consular Post or a US Embassy overseas is to obtain new passports, visa pages, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, or notarizations from the American Citizen Services Section of the Consulate. Those seeking such services are well advised to check the operating hours of the American Citizen Services Section of the Consulate as well as the holiday closing schedule in order to forestall a futile trip to the Post due to unforeseen closure.

It should also be noted that many United States Embassies and United States Consulates allow those with business at the post to book appointments online. This provides the Consular staff with an opportunity to better prepare to provide appropriate services to those seeking Consular assistance abroad.

Those seeking a visa to the United States do not deal with the American Citizen Services section of most US Consulates and/or Embassies as American visa applications are generally adjudicated by either the Immigrant visa unit or the non-immigrant visa unit (generally for purposes of Consular adjudication of a visa application the K1 visa is considered an Immigrant visa).

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2nd August 2010

Frequently, the administration of this blog posts holiday closing schedules for US Embassies and US Consulates overseas. This information is posted in an effort to forestall unnecessary trips to a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad. Many natives of the host country of an American Mission abroad are unaware of some of the holidays celebrated by Americans (which may result in the closing of a Post abroad in observance of said holidays). Furthermore, many Americans are unaware of certain local holidays observed by the host country (which may also necessitate Post closure). The following information is conveyed in an effort to provide clarification regarding Post closure. To quote directly from the official website of the US Consulate in Hyderabad, India, the following is a breakdown of the holidays observed by that Post:

DATE DAY HOLIDAY TYPE
January 1 Friday New Year’s Day American
January 14 Thursday Pongal Indian
January 18 Monday Martin Luther King’s Birthday American
January 26 Tuesday Republic Day Indian
February 12 Friday Maha Shivarathri Indian
February 15 Monday Washington’s Birthday American
March 1 Monday Holi Indian
March 16 Tuesday Ugadi Indian
April 2 Friday Good Friday Indian
May 27 Thursday Buddha Purnima Indian
May 31 Monday Memorial Day American
July 5* Monday Independence Day American
September 2 Thursday Janamashtami Indian
September 6 Monday Labor Day American
October 11 Monday Columbus Day American
November 5 Friday Diwali Indian
November 11 Thursday Veterans Day American
November 25 Thursday Thanksgiving Day American
December 17 Friday Muharram Indian
December 24** Friday Christmas Day American

* in lieu of July 4, 2010.

** in lieu of December 25, 2010.

Note: In the year 2010, two Indian National Holidays – Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanthi fall on a Sunday and Saturday. The post will observe these holidays on Sunday, August 15, 2010 and Saturday, October 2, 2010 respectively”

Many Americans traveling abroad seek services from a US Consulate or Embassy overseas. Those who seek services from an American Citizen Services section of a US Embassy or US Consulate are well advised to check the local Post’s hours of operation, holiday closing schedule, and also ascertain whether or not the Post takes appointments online. For those seeking services from a US Consulate overseas, the process can be far more efficient where an American makes an appointment online s the appointment system often provides the customer with the opportunity to explain the services sought prior to the appointment date. This provides the Consular Officers with an opportunity to prepare themselves to best serve the customer’s needs.

United States Visa applications are not generally adjudicated by the American Citizen Services Section of a US Consulate. For more information about US Immigration generally please see: US visa.

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