Integrity Legal

30th January 2011

Frequent readers will, no doubt, note that the administration routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of the various US Missions in Asia as a courtesy to American travelers who may need Consular services while abroad. The following is quoted directly from the official website of the United States Embassy in Seoul, Korea:

The American Embassy will observe the following American and Local holidays during 2011.

2011 Name American/Local
January 17 (Mon) Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday American
February 2,3,4 (Wed, Thurs, Fri) Seol-Nal (Lunar New Year Days) Local
February 21 (Mon) Presidents’ Day American
March 1 (Tues) Sam Il Jul (Independence Movement Day) Local
May 5 (Thurs) Orininal (Children’s Day) Local
May 30 (Mon) Memorial Day American
June 6 (Mon) Hyun Choong Il (Memorial Day) Local
July 4 (Mon) Independence Day American
August 15 (Mon) Kwang Bok Jul (Independence Day) Local
September 5 (Mon) Labor Day American
September 12, 13, (Mon, Tues) Chusok (Korean Thanksgiving) Local
October 3 (Mon) Kae Chun Jul (National Foundation Day) Local
October 10 (Mon) Columbus Day American
November 11 (Fri) Veterans Day American
November 24 (Thu) Thanksgiving Day American
December 26 (Mon) Christmas Day American/Local

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

Those seeking services which can only be provided at an American Citizen Services Section of a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad, such as: issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, issuance of a US Passport, or issuance of additional pages for a US Passport are well advised to schedule an appointment online with the Post in advance, if possible, in order to streamline the processing of one’s request.

Those seeking non-immigrant visa benefits such as the US business visa (B-1 visa category), US tourist visa (B-2 visa category), US student visa (F-1 visa category), or US exchange visitor visa (J-1 visa category) are likely to see their visa application processed at a Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Unit abroad. Those seeking non-immigrant visa benefits are well advised to bear in mind the fact that non-immigrant visa applications are scrutinized pursuant to section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those American Citizens seeking American family visa benefits are likely to only see a visa application for a CR-1 visa or an IR-1 visa processed after receiving approval of an underlying Immigration petition from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). It should be noted that for processing purposes the K-1 visa application, although used by seekers of a non-immigrant US fiance visa, is treated in much the same way as immigrant visa applications.

Those seeking US business visa benefits for travel documents such as an E-2 visa, L-1 visa, or EB-5 visa may be required to process, and receive approval of, an immigration petition at the USCIS.  For E-2 visa seekers this may not be the case, but the unique facts in a given case must be examined prior to making a conclusion regarding the appropriate avenue for processing.

Those interested in related information please see: US Visa Korea.


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