Integrity Legal

11th Aug 2010

Americans traveling or residing outside of the United States are often in need of services that can only be provided by an American Citizen Services Section of a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad. Services often sought include, but are not limited to: US passport issuance, visa page addition, promulgation of Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, an notarization. For those living abroad, trips to the US Embassy can be time consuming and may interfere with one’s day-to-day business. Therefore, streamlining the process for the aforementioned services can save time and resources. For this reason, those Americans seeking services at an Embassy abroad are well advised to check the Embassy’s official website to determine if the Post allows for appointment scheduling online. This can provide convenience to the American and provide the Consular Officers at a given Post with an opportunity to prepare in advance to deal with a customer’s needs.

Those unrepresented individuals with a pending visa application before a Visa Unit at an American Embassy or Consulate should check directly with the post to find out how the visa interview process works as Visa Units generally schedule appointments based upon the Post’s capacity. In many cases, non-immigrant visas and immigrant visas have a separate  interview appointment process (for purposes of US Immigration the K1 visa is often effectively treated as an immigrant visa).

The administration of this blog often post the holiday closing schedules for various US Embassies and US Consulates in Asia in an effort to provide assistance to those who may have business at a Post. The following is the holiday closing schedule for the US Embassy in Japan quoted directly from the official website of the Embassy itself:

The Embassy will be closed to the public in observance of the following United States and Japanese holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1, 2010 Friday
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday January 18 Monday
National Foundation Day * February 11 Thursday
President’s Day February 15 Monday
Vernal Equinox Day * March 22 Monday
Golden Week Holidays * April 29, May 3-5 Thursday, Monday-Wednesday
Memorial Day May 31 Monday
Independence Day July 4 Sunday (observed on Monday, July 5)
Marine Day * July 19 Monday
Labor Day September 6 Monday
Respect for the Aged Day * September 20 Monday
Columbus Day October 11 Monday
Veterans Day November 11 Thursday
Labor Thanksgiving Day * November 23 Tuesday
Thanksgiving Day November 25 Thursday
Emperor’s Birthday * December 23 Thursday
Christmas Day December 25 Saturday (observed on Friday, Dec. 24)

* Japanese holidays are indicated with an asterisk.


The Embassy will remain open for the following three Japanese holidays in 2010:

Adult’s Day January 11 Monday
Autumn Equinox Day September 23 Thursday
Culture Day November 3 Wednesday

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