Integrity Legal

18th February 2011

Those who follow this blog with an frequency are no doubt aware that the administration routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of the various US Missions in the Asia-Pacific as a courtesy to American Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents traveling abroad. To quote directly from the official website of the US Embassy in Canberra, Australia:

Public holidays observed by the U.S. Mission to Australia
Date Holiday Observed Closures
Monday, January 17, 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday All posts closed
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Australia Day All posts closed
Monday, February 21, 2011 Presidents’ Day All posts closed
Monday, March 7, 2011 Labour Day Perth closed
Monday, March 14, 2011 Labour Day Melbourne closed
Monday, March 14, 2011 Canberra Day Canberra closed
Friday, April 22, 2011 Good Friday All posts closed
Monday, April 25, 2011 Easter Monday All posts closed
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 Anzac Day All posts closed
Monday, May 30, 2011 Memorial Day All posts closed
Monday, June 6, 2011 Foundation Day Perth closed
Monday, June 13, 2011 Queen’s Birthday Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney closed
Monday, July 4, 2011 Independence Day All posts closed
Monday, September 5, 2011 Labor Day All posts closed
Monday, October 3, 2011 Labour Day Canberra and Sydney closed
Monday, October 10, 2011 Columbus Day All posts closed
Friday, October 28, 2011 Queen’s Birthday Perth closed
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 Melbourne Cup Day Melbourne closed
Friday, November 11, 2011 Veterans Day All posts closed
Thursday, November 24, 2011 Thanksgiving Day All posts closed
Monday, December 26, 2011 Christmas Day All posts closed
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 Boxing Day All posts closed
Monday, January 2, 2012 New Year’s Day All posts closed

Those wishing to view the official homepage of the US Embassy in Canberra, Australia please click HERE.

Those seeking services which can only be provided by a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad, such as: Consular Report of Birth Abroad issuance, US Passport issuance, or visa page issuance for a previously issued US Passport are well advised to contact the American Citizen Services (ACS) Section of the nearest US Post with appropriate Consular jurisdiction. Those seeking ACS services may be well advised to attempt to make an appointment with ACS online prior to arrival as doing so can streamline processing for both Officers and Americans seeking services abroad.

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

Those seeking family based visas such as the CR-1 visa or the IR-1 visa are likely to see their visa application processed at a US Post abroad only after receiving immigration petition approval from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). It should be noted that for overseas processing purposes the K-1 visa, a non-immigrant US fiance visa, is treated in much the same manner as the Immigrant spousal visas mentioned above.

Those seeking an EB-5 Visa or an L-1 visa are generally required to process an immigration petition prior to the commencement of the visa application process at a US Post abroad. E-2 visa seekers may be able to submit an application directly to a US Post abroad if the applicant is resident in the Consular jurisdiction.


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