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5th September 2010

The administration of this blog often posts the holiday closing schedules of various United States Embassies and Consulates in the Asia-Pacific region in an effort to provide assistance to American travelers and expats or foreign nationals seeking services at an American Mission abroad. The following holiday closing schedule for the US Embassy in New Zealand was quoted directly from the official website of the Post:




January 1 – Friday New Year’s Day NZ/US
January 2 – Saturday Day After New Year’s Day NZ
January 18 – Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday US
January 25 – Monday Wellington Anniversary (Wellington Only) NZ
February 01 – Monday Auckland Anniversary (Auckland Only) NZ
February 6 - Saturday Waitangi Day NZ
February 15 – Monday Presidents’ Day US
April 02 – Friday Good Friday NZ
April 05 – Monday Easter Monday NZ
April 25 – Sunday Anzac Day NZ
May 31 – Monday Memorial Day US
June 7 – Monday Queen’s Birthday NZ
July 5 – Monday Independence Day US
September 6 – Monday Labor Day US
October 11 – Monday Columbus Day US
October 25 – Monday Labour Day NZ
November 11 – Thursday Veterans Day US
November 12 – Friday Canterbury Anniversary (Christchurch Only) NZ
November 25 – Thursday Thanksgiving Day US
December 25 – Saturday Christmas Day NZ/US
December 26 – Sunday Boxing Day NZ

Those traveling to American Missions abroad are often in search of a US Embassy or US Consulate that can assist in visa matters and other proceedings which must be carried out by US government personnel. Such activities include, but are not limited to: Consular Report of Birth Abroad issuance, US passport renewal, addition of visa pages, and notarial services. Generally, the American Citizen Services Section of a United States Consulate can assist in these matters. Those with business at an American Citizen Services post are encouraged to check the official website of the US Embassy in order to ascertain if appointments can be scheduled online. This can greatly streamline processing of requests as ACS officers can anticipate customer requests and prepare to provide appropriate services.

Those seeking a visa to the United States of America often require a visa interview in order to complete the adjudication process. Those seeking a visa interview are well advised to contact the local post or check the official website for details about appointment scheduling. Usually the protocols for non-immigrant visa interview appointments are different than the protocols for setting immigrant visa interview appointments (for purposes of visa processing, generally the K1 visa is considered to be an immigrant visa).

For related information in Thai context please see: US Visa Thailand.

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