Integrity Legal

4th September 2010

Regular readers will no doubt note that the administration of this blog frequently posts the holiday closing schedule information for some of the United States Embassies and Consulates abroad. This is done in an effort to forestall possibly fruitless trips to a United States Mission abroad due to ignorance of local or American Holiday closure. To quote directly from the official website of the United States Embassy in Australia:

Public holidays observed by the U.S. Mission to Australia
Date Holiday Observed Closures
Friday, January 1, 2010 New Year’s Day All posts closed
Monday, January 18, 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday All posts closed
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Australia Day All posts closed
Monday, February 15, 2010 Presidents’ Day All posts closed
Monday, March 1, 2010 Labour Day Perth closed
Monday, March 8, 2010 Labour Day Melbourne closed
Monday, March 8, 2010 Canberra Day Canberra closed
Friday, April 2, 2010 Good Friday All posts closed
Monday, April 5, 2010 Easter Monday All posts closed
Monday, April 16, 2010 Anzac Day All posts closed
Monday, May 31, 2010 Memorial Day All posts closed
Monday, June 7, 2010 Foundation Day Perth closed
Monday, June 14, 2010 Queen’s Birthday Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney closed
Monday, July 5, 2010 Independence Day All posts closed
Monday, September 6, 2010 Labor Day All posts closed
Monday, September 27, 2010 Family and Community Day Canberra closed
Monday, September 27, 2010 Queen’s Birthday Perth closed
Monday, October 4, 2010 Labour Day Canberra and Sydney closed
Monday, October 11, 2010 Columbus Day All posts closed
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 Melbourne Cup Day Melbourne closed
Thursday, November 11, 2010 Veterans Day All posts closed
Thursday, November 25, 2010 Thanksgiving Day All posts closed
Friday, December 24, 2010 Christmas Day (U.S.) All posts closed
Monday, December 27, 2010 Christmas Day (Aus.) All posts closed
Tuesday, December 28, 2010 Boxing Day All posts closed
Friday, December 31, 2010 New Year’s Day (U.S.) All posts closed
Monday, January 3, 2011 New Year’s Day (Aus.) All posts closed

This author can state from personal experience that traveling to a US Embassy on a Post holiday can be frustrating. That said, holidays are clearly posted on many US government websites. Those needing services at an Embassy or Consulate overseas are well advised to check the holiday closing schedule before traveling to the Post. Those needing assistance from the American Citizen Services Section of a US Consulate may be able to make an appointment in advance in order to facilitate smooth processing.

Those seeking a visa appointment may need to check with the Visa Unit at their local post in order to ascertain how appointments are set. For non-immigrant visas the process may be different than the process for those seeking American immigrant visas (for purposes of Consular Processing, the K1 visa is generally considered to be an immigrant visa).

Those interested in related information regarding Consular Processing in Asia please see: US Embassy Vietnam.


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