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11th March 2011

Those who are unaware of recent events in Japan should take note of the recent Earthquake and the possible tsunamis and meteorological ramifications that may arise as a result. To quote directly from the official website of the United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan:

Earthquake Information
March 11 – Due to the recent seismic activity in Japan on March 11, 2011, the U.S. Embassy is closed for the rest of the business day. For information on the whereabouts and welfare of family and friends in Japan, please consult the State Department website or call the toll free number 1-888-407-4747, or 1-202-501-4444.

American citizens in Japan should listen to local news reports, check with your local authorities and contact your neighborhood evacuation center.

The administration of this blog highly recommends that interested readers click upon relevant links above in an effort to find out further pertinent information.

As Tokyo experiences this unfortunate series of events there is little doubt that the residents of Tokyo and Greater Japan, both Japanese and foreign, are in the hearts and minds of people around the globe. Hopefully the Japanese and the international community can direct their efforts to dealing with the fallout from this tragedy. The foreign service personnel as well as all of the Americans resident abroad in Japan or serving in the United States Armed Forces based in Japan are certainly in this blogger’s heart at this time.

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29th January 2011

The administration of this web log routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of various US Missions in the Asia-Pacific region as a courtesy to travelers abroad who may need services from a US Embassy or US Consulate while overseas. The following was quoted directly from the official website of the United States Embassy in Tokyo, Japan:

The Embassy will be closed to the public in observance of the following United States and Japanese holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1, 2011 Saturday (Observed on Fri., Dec. 31)
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday Jan. 17 Monday
National Foundation Day Feb. 11 Friday
Washington’s Birthday Feb. 21 Monday
Vernal Equinox Day March 21 Monday
Golden Week Holidays April 29, May 3-5 Friday, Tuesday – Thursday
Memorial Day May 30 Monday
Independence Day July 4 Monday
Marine Day July 18 Monday
Labor Day Sept. 5 Monday
Autumn Equinox Day Sept. 23 Friday
Columbus Day/Sports Day Oct. 10 Monday
Veterans Day Nov. 11 Friday
Labor Thanksgiving Day Nov. 23 Wednesday
Thanksgiving Day Nov.24 Thursday
Emperor’s Birthday Dec.23 Friday
Christmas Day Dec. 25 Sunday (Observed on Mon., Dec. 26)

Note:

The Embassy will remain open for the following three Japanese holidays in 2011:

Adult’s Day Jan. 10 Monday
Respect for the Aged Day Sept. 19 Monday
Culture Day Nov. Thursday

Those wishing to view the official homepage of the US Embassy in Japan please click HERE.

Those seeking services which can only be provided by a US Mission abroad such as issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, US Passport, or additional visa pages for a US Passport are well advised to contact an American Citizen Services Section of the nearest US Mission with appropriate Consular jurisdiction. In some cases, it may be possible to set an appointment with the Post in advance over the internet. Setting an appointment in advance can greatly streamline the processing of requests as Consular Officers are often better able to anticipate one’s needs.

Those seeking non-immigrant visa benefits such as a US tourist visa (B-2), US student visa (F-1), US exchange visitor visa (J-1), or US business visa (B-1) are likely to see their visa application processed at a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad. It should be noted that non-immigrant visa applicants are scrutinized subject to section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those American Citizens seeking American family visa benefits for a Japanese spouse such as a CR-1 visa or IR-1 visa are generally required to process and receive approval of a United States immigration petition prior to processing a US visa application at a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad. It should be noted that for processing purposes, the K-1 visa, although a US fiance visa, is treated in much the same way as the immigrant visa categories.

Those seeking US business visa benefits such as E-2 visa benefits for certain qualified traders, L-1 visa benefits for intra-company transferees of multi-national corporations, or EB-5 visa benefits for immigrant investors are likely to be required to process, and receive approval of, an immigration petition prior to application for visa benefits at a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad.

Those denied a US visa may be able to still ultimately obtain visa benefits through use of an I-601 waiver of a finding of inadmissibility or through use of an I-212 waiver (depending on the reason for denial). However, all cases must be analyzed based upon the unique set of facts in the case in order to make a determination as to the eligibility of an applicant for any immigration waiver.

Japan currently participates in the visa waiver program. That said, those wishing to travel to the US on their Japanese passport utilizing the visa waiver program must register online via the electronic system for travel authorization (ESTA) system prior to traveling to the USA.

For related information please see: US Visa Japan.

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11th August 2010

Americans traveling or residing outside of the United States are often in need of services that can only be provided by an American Citizen Services Section of a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad. Services often sought include, but are not limited to: US passport issuance, visa page addition, promulgation of Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, an notarization. For those living abroad, trips to the US Embassy can be time consuming and may interfere with one’s day-to-day business. Therefore, streamlining the process for the aforementioned services can save time and resources. For this reason, those Americans seeking services at an Embassy abroad are well advised to check the Embassy’s official website to determine if the Post allows for appointment scheduling online. This can provide convenience to the American and provide the Consular Officers at a given Post with an opportunity to prepare in advance to deal with a customer’s needs.

Those unrepresented individuals with a pending visa application before a Visa Unit at an American Embassy or Consulate should check directly with the post to find out how the visa interview process works as Visa Units generally schedule appointments based upon the Post’s capacity. In many cases, non-immigrant visas and immigrant visas have a separate  interview appointment process (for purposes of US Immigration the K1 visa is often effectively treated as an immigrant visa).

The administration of this blog often post the holiday closing schedules for various US Embassies and US Consulates in Asia in an effort to provide assistance to those who may have business at a Post. The following is the holiday closing schedule for the US Embassy in Japan quoted directly from the official website of the Embassy itself:

The Embassy will be closed to the public in observance of the following United States and Japanese holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1, 2010 Friday
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday January 18 Monday
National Foundation Day * February 11 Thursday
President’s Day February 15 Monday
Vernal Equinox Day * March 22 Monday
Golden Week Holidays * April 29, May 3-5 Thursday, Monday-Wednesday
Memorial Day May 31 Monday
Independence Day July 4 Sunday (observed on Monday, July 5)
Marine Day * July 19 Monday
Labor Day September 6 Monday
Respect for the Aged Day * September 20 Monday
Columbus Day October 11 Monday
Veterans Day November 11 Thursday
Labor Thanksgiving Day * November 23 Tuesday
Thanksgiving Day November 25 Thursday
Emperor’s Birthday * December 23 Thursday
Christmas Day December 25 Saturday (observed on Friday, Dec. 24)

* Japanese holidays are indicated with an asterisk.

Note:

The Embassy will remain open for the following three Japanese holidays in 2010:

Adult’s Day January 11 Monday
Autumn Equinox Day September 23 Thursday
Culture Day November 3 Wednesday
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