Integrity Legal

6th Mar 2011

The following holiday closing schedule was quoted directly from the official website of the United States Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq:





January 2 Sunday New Year’s Day US**
January 16 Sunday Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday US**
February 17 Thursday Prophet’s Birthday Iraq**
February 20 Sunday President’s Day US**
May 1 Sunday Labor Day Iraq
May 29 Sunday Memorial Day US**
July 4 Monday Independence Day US
July 14 Thursday Republic Day Iraq
August 30 – September 1 Wednesday Eid Al-Fitr Iraq*
September 4 Sunday Labor Day US**
October 9 Sunday Columbus Day US**
November 6 Sunday Eid Al Adha Iraq*
November 10 Thursday Veterans’ Day US
November 24 Thursday Thanksgiving US
November 26 Saturday Islamic New Year Iraq*
December 25 Sunday Christmas US**

* This Iraqi holiday is determined by the lunar cycle. Exact dates must be confirmed by local authorities and are subject to change.

** In keeping with the spirit of the Monday Holiday Bill, the intention of which is to provide three-day holiday weekends, U.S. holidays covered by the Monday Holiday Bill will be observed on Sundays.

The Embassy will consider moving the observation date of local holidays (religious and secular) falling on weekends in the event that the Iraqi Government issues guidance mandating that the private and public sectors change the observance date.

Those interested in visiting the official website of the United States Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq please click HERE.

Those seeking services which can only be provided by staff at a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad (such as issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, US Passport, or issuance of new pages for a previously issued US Passport) may find it efficient to attempt to set an appointment with the American Citizen Services Section of a US Post prior to arrival at said post. It may be possible under some circumstances to set an appointment online prior to traveling to the post. Setting an appointment online can greatly streamline the processing of requests at US Posts abroad.

Those seeking a US tourist visa (B-2 visa), US business visa (B-1 visa), US Exchange visitor visa (J-1 visa),  or a US student visa (F-1 visa) are likely to see their visa application processed by a Non-immigrant visa unit at a US Embassy or US Consulate abroad. It should be noted that such visa applications are scrutinized pursuant to section 214(b) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.

Those Americans seeking an immigrant visa for a foreign spouse (such as the CR-1 visa and the IR-1 visa) are likely to see their loved one’s visa application processed at an Immigrant Visa Unit abroad. It should be noted that for processing purposes the K-1 visa (a non-immigrant US fiance visa) is treated in much the same manner as the Immigrant visa categories.

Those seeking visas such as the L-1 visa for intra-company transferees or the EB-5 visa for immigrant investors are likely to only see a visa application processed pursuant to an approved immigration petition at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

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