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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 administration of this blog routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of the various US Missions in Asia. This is done in this blogger’s attempt to provide a courtesy to American travelers abroad who may be unaware of local holidays or some of the more obscure American Federal holidays. The following was quoted directly from the official website of the United States Consulate in Mumbai, India:

Holidays 2011

Date Day Holiday American/Indian
December 31, 2010* Friday New Year’s Day American
January 14, 2011 Friday

Makar Sankaranti (for Ahmedabad USCS only)

Indian
January 17, 2011 Monday Martin Luther King’s B’Day American
January 26, 2011 Wednesday Republic Day Indian
February 21, 2011 Monday Washington’s Birthday American
April 22, 2011 Friday Good Friday Indian
May 30, 2011 Monday Memorial Day American
July 4, 2011 Monday Independence Day American
August 15, 2011 Monday Independence Day Indian
August 19, 2011 Friday Parsi New Year Indian
August 31, 2011 Wednesday

Ramzan-Id (Id-ul-Fitar) (Not for Ahmedabad USCS)

Indian
September 1, 2011 Thursday Ganesh Chaturthi Indian
September 5, 2011 Monday Labor Day American
October 6, 2011 Thursday Dussehra Indian
October 10, 2011 Monday Columbus Day American
October 26, 2011 Wednesday Diwali (Laxmi Pujan) Indian
October 27, 2011 Thursday Diwali (Balipratipada) Indian
November 7, 2011 Monday Bakri Id (Id-ul-Zua) Indian
November 11, 2011 Friday Veteran’s Day American
November 24, 2011 Thursday Thanksgiving Day American
December 26, 2011** Friday Christmas Day American

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

Note: The Embassy and Consulates are closed to the public on the last Wednesday of every month.

Those seeking Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, US Passports, or new visa pages for a previously issued American passport are well advised to contact an American Citizen Services Section of the nearest Post. In many cases, an American’s request can be better handled by making an appointment online with the local Post.

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

Those seeking non-immigrant visas such as the US tourist visa (B-2 category), the US student visa (F-1 category), the US exchange visitor visa (J-1 category), and/or the US Business Visa (B-1 category) are likely required to process their application through a Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Unit at an American Post abroad. It should be noted that non-immigrant visa applicants are generally subject to Consular scrutiny pursuant to section 214(b) of the US Immigration and Nationality Act. Meanwhile, those seeking immigrant visas such as an IR-1 visa or a CR-1 visa will likely process their request through an Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit of a US Mission abroad. For processing purposes, the K-1 visa application, a non-immigrant US fiance visa, is treated much the same way as an immigrant visa application.

Those seeking an EB-5 visa or an L-1 visa must process an immigration petition through USCIS (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service) prior to processing a visa application at a Post abroad.

For related information please see: K3 Visa India.

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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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