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28th March 2011

The following was quoted directly from the official website of the United States Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan:

Official American and Turkmen holidays for which employees of the Embassy are excused from duty are limited to the following for the calendar year 2011:

Date Day Description Country
December 31 Fri New Year’s Day U.S./Turkmen
January 12 Wed Memorial Day Turkmen
January 17 Mon Martin L. King’s Birthday U.S.
February 21 Mon President’s Day U.S.
March 8 Tue International Women’s Day Turkmen
March 21 Mon National Spring Day Turkmen
May 9 Mon Victory Day Turkmen
May 18 Wed Magtymguly Day Turkmen
May 31 Mon Memorial Day U.S.
July 4 Mon Independence Day U.S.
September 5 Mon Labor Day U.S.
September (TBD)* Oraza Bayramy Turkmen
October 6 Thu National Commemoration Day Turkmen
October 10 Mon Columbus Day U.S.
October 27-28 Thu-Fri Independence Day of
Turkmenistan
Turkmen
November 11 Fri Veterans’ Day U.S.
November 24 Thu Thanksgiving Day U.S.
November (TBD)* Kurban Bayramy Turkmen
December 12 Mon Neutrality Day Turkmen
December 26 Mon Christmas Day U.S.

* The dates of Kurban Bayramy and Oraza Bairamy are determined by the lunar calendar. Therefore, the exact dates for these holidays cannot be announced with any certainty at this time. When notified, an announcement will be sent out to identify the specific dates.
** Turkmen holidays falling on weekends (Sunday) are observed an the subsequent workday.

Those wishing to visit the official homepage of the United States Embassy in Turkmenistan please click HERE.

Those seeking services which can only be provided by an American Citizen Services Section of a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad (such as Consular Report of Birth Abroad issuance, US Passport issuance, or additional visa pages for a previously issued US Passport) are well advised to attempt to set an appointment with the post in advance as doing so can greatly streamline the processing of requests made to the Post.

Those seeking visas such as the US tourist visa (B-2 visa), the US student visa (F-1 visa), the exchange visitor visa (J-1 visa), or the US business visa (B-1 visa) are likely to see their visa application processed at a Non-Immigrant Visa Unit Abroad. It should be noted that such applications are adjudicated pursuant to the provisions of section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those seeking immigrant visas such as the CR-1 visa or the IR-1 visa are likely to see such visa applications processed at an Immigrant Visa Unit of a US Post pursuant to an approved Immigration petition from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). It should be noted that for purposes of visa application processing the K-1 visa (a US fiance visa technically designed for non-immigrants) is treated in much the same way as the immigrant visas cited above.

Those seeking visas such as the L-1 visa or the EB-5 visa are prudent to note that such visa applications are only processed pursuant to an approved visa petition at the USCIS.


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