Integrity Legal

4th December 2009

Although the weather is still tropical, albeit cooler, it is the western holiday season in Bangkok, Thailand. This means that the United States Embassy, as well as other government agencies, sees many of their personnel taking leave in order to visit family and friends in the United States of America. This time of year can sometimes cause delays for visa applications, particularly those that are subject to a 221g refusal or have been placed in administrative processing for further review.

Around the American holiday season it is common for Embassy and Consulate staff to take leave in order to return to the United States of America to be with friends or loved ones. This can cause the usual tempo of the post to slow down. As with any organization be it private, non-profit, for-profit, or governmental the holidays can cause delays due to staff shortages. Those with pending visa applications should exercise patience regarding case adjudication during the holidays. That being said, Embassy and Consulate personnel are very diligent in processing cases and, from this author’s observation, really go above and beyond at holiday time to try to keep the process moving at the usual pace.

In order to forestall delays in the processing of US visas it is incumbent upon the applicant to provide all relevant documentation and provide completed visa application forms.

It is wise for applicants to also keep in mind that the United States Embassy is closed on Thai holidays as well as official United States holidays. Many forget this fact and arrive at the Embassy to find it closed. For those in this situation it is wise to note the US Embassy Holiday closing schedule. American Citizens seeking to obtain notarizations, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, visa pages, or new passports should also note that the American Citizen Services section of the US Embassy is also closed on Thai holidays as well as American holidays. The US Consulate in Chiang Mai has the same holiday schedule as the US Embassy in Bangkok. One would be safe in assuming that the Bangkok office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) would be closed on the same days as the US Embassy regardless of the fact that they are two separate United States government agencies.

As with many issues arising in the field of United States Immigration: prior preparation through knowledge of the Embassy closure as well as presentation of a fully compiled visa application can save time for all concerned and go far toward ensuring efficient visa application processing.


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