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2nd January 2011

Those who may have seen this blog previously might have taken notice of the fact that the administration routinely posts the holiday closing schedules of US Missions in the Asia-Pacific regions in an effort to provide a courtesy to those with business at an American Mission abroad. The following is quoted directly from the official website of the US Consulate in Hong Kong (Special Autonomous Region of the Peoples’ Republic of China)   with American Consular jurisdiction over the Special Autonomous Region of Macau:

The following list includes all official holidays (both U.S. and Hong Kong) for 2011.

Saturday, January 1
(observed Friday, December 31)
New Year’s Day A
Monday, January 17 Martin Luther King’s Birthday A
Thursday, February 3 Lunar New Year’s Day L
Friday, February 4 Second day of the Lunar New Year L
Monday, February 21 President’s Day A
Tuesday, April 5 Ching Ming Festival L
Friday, April 22 Good Friday L
Monday, April 25 Easter Monday L
Monday, May 2 The day following Labor Day L
Monday, May 30 Memorial Day A
Monday, June 6 Tuen Ng Festival L
Friday, July 1 Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day L
Monday, July 4 Independence Day A
Monday, September 5 Labor Day A
Tuesday, September 13 The day following Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival L
Wednesday, October 5 Chung Yeung Festival L
Monday, October 10 Columbus Day A
Friday, November 11 Veterans Day A
Thursday, November 24 Thanksgiving Day A
Sunday, December 25
(observed Monday, December 26)
Christmas Day A/L
Tuesday, December 27 Second Week-Day after Christmas Day L

A – American Holiday/L – Local Holiday

Notes:  Three local holidays falling on Saturdays are not included in the 2011 holiday schedule (the third day of the Lunar New Year, February 5, the day following Good Friday, April 23 and National Day, October 1)

Those seeking services such as the issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, US Passport, or addition of new visa pages to a previously issued US passport are well advised to contact the American Citizen Services Section of the nearest US Embassy, Consulate, American Institute, or Mission with Consular jurisdiction over the geographical area in which one is located.

Those seeking the homepage of the official website of the United States Consulate: Hong Kong & Macau please click HERE.

Those interested in retaining advice and counsel regarding United States Immigration matters are well advised to contact a licensed American Attorney in order to be apprised of the practical implications of the application of relevant United States immigration law.

Those seeking family based visas typically process their visa application through an Immigrant Visa Unit of a US Mission abroad, for purposes of visa application processing US fiance visa applications (the K-1 visa category) are treated in essentially the same manner as Immigrant visa categories like the CR-1 visa and the IR-1 visa categories.

Business and Investment visa applications for visa categories such as the L-1 visa and the EB-5 visa are typically processed after the adjudication of an initial immigration petition at the American Department of Homeland Security‘s United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

Those seeking non-immigrant visas to the USA under visa categories such as the B-2 (US Tourist Visa), B-1 (US Business Visa), F-1 (US Student Visa), J-1 (US Cultural Exchange Visitor) categories are generally required to process their visa application through a Non-immigrant Visa Unit of a US Mission in their jurisdiction.

For related information please see: US Visa China.

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18th November 2010

This blogger recently came across an interesting periodical in which the recent World Exposition in China was discussed. For those who are unaware, Shanghai, China recently played host to a World Exposition which is similar to the Worlds’ Fairs which were once a mainstay of the international social order. To quote directly from the periodical of Cenlaw:

Premier Wen Jiabao praised the fair Sunday as a “splendid event” that “truly brought together people around the globe.”

World Expositions are galleries of human inspirations and thoughts. Since 1851 when the Great Exhibition of Industries of All Nations was held in London, the World Expositions have attained increasing prominence as grand events for economic, scientific, technological and cultural exchanges, serving as an important platform for displaying historical experience, exchanging innovative ideas, demonstrating esprit de corps and looking to the future.

These expositions have often been the stage upon which the host nations display their achievements to the rest of the world. In the case of China, few are unaware of the achievements which the Chinese economy has boasted in recent years as the most populous nation on Earth (once something of an economic backwater) has risen, due in no small part to effective economic policy, to become the second largest economy in the world. To continue to cite Cenlaw further:

Expo 2010 Shanghai China focused on innovation and interaction. Innovation is the soul, while cultural interaction is an important mission of the World Expositions. In the new era, Expo 2010 Shanghai China contributed to human-centered development, scientific and technological innovation, cultural diversity and win-win cooperation for a better future, thus composing a melody with the key notes of highlighting innovation and interaction in the new century.

This author finds it interesting to note that the Chinese seem determined to create economic “win-win” situations through cooperation and innovative strategy. Hopefully, these efforts will result in fruitful economic and diplomatic relationships for China, the United States, Thailand, and the many nations in Asia which could stand to benefit from increased trade and business opportunities.

On a related note, in a previous posting on this blog, this writer noted that the US Embassy in China has taken steps to see to it that non-immigrant visa applications from China are processed in as timely a manner as possible. In an effort to deal with the large demand for visas such as the US tourist visa, the American Mission in China has gone so far as to schedule interviews on weekends. Hopefully, the upshot of all of this extra effort will be an increase in the number of tourists traveling to the United States of America.

In recent weeks, there has been a great deal of discussion regarding tensions arising from currency imbalances between the United States of America and the Peoples’ Republic of China. At many points in history there have been situations where global tension came about due to the emergence of a new economic player. China’s situation seems no different from earlier examples of this same phenomenon occurring throughout history (most notably: the example of the United States after the end of the Second World War). Although there may be a period of adjustment, hopefully the rise of the Chinese economy and the trade opportunities and efficiencies arising therefrom will fuel a new resurgence in the global economy. In short, this writer truly hopes that a “rising tide raises all ships” in China, the USA, and throughout world.

For related information please see: American Visa China.

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