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Closures to make short week starting on January 21 18 January 13

Posted by Jonathan V. Phillips in Embassy Consulate Closure, Passport.
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MLK Holiday DC

There is a short week for visa and passport processing coming up. Starting on Monday the 21st, the combined Martin Luther King Jr. Federal holiday and the Presidential Inauguration will see closures at most Embassies and consulates. Monday will also close  Federal Offices such as all Passport Offices and the Department of State Office of Authentications. Additionally, do to the scale of the Inaugural event and it’s impact on the City, G3’s Washington (Arlington, VA) office will be close operations at noon on the 21st. The other G3 offices in New York, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco are not effected and will be open during normal business hours  Monday.

Thursday the 24th of January sees an important holiday in the Islamic Calendar.  Mawlid al-Nabi or Ma’uled Al-Nabi, which is a celebration of the Prophet Mohamed’s birthday, takes place. The holiday will cause closures at embassies and consulates from Islamic countries around the country who our commemorating the day. Although not a complete list as consular offices  don’t always announce their intention to close,

The Embassies and consulates representing  AfghanistanCameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, IndonesiaJordan and Mali have all announced closures on the 24th. Be advised that this list is not definitive as consular offices don’t always announce their intention to close. Other Islamic consular offices can be expected to be closed. We will up date the known closure list for the holiday as soon as we know.

As is always the case for holiday closures, the closure means no new visa or passport applications can be submitted or completed jobs picked up. A holiday does not count towards the total processing time associated with completing a request.  Because of the two holidays travelers are advised to take into account any extra time their requests my require when determining to how quickly to process a passport or visa.

Embassy Closure List week of 1 October 2012 1 October 12

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October 1 is a big day for national days around the world with
Nigeria, Botswana and China all closed on the first.  Many of
the PRC consular offices are taking additional days and embassy
closure schedule is not standard for the various consulates and the
Embassy in Washington, DC.

Monday, 1 October

China closed for National Day
Botswana closed for Botswana Day
Cameroon closed
Nigeria closed for National Day
Sao Tome and  Principe closed
Uzbekistan closed for Day of Teachers and Instructors

Tuesday, 2 October

China(Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco consulates
only) closed for National Day
India closed for Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday
Guinea closed for Independence Day

Wednesday, 3 October

(Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York consulates only) closed
for National Day
South Korea closed for Foundation Day

Thursday, 4 October

Mozambique closed for Peace and National Reconciliation Day

Friday, 5 October

Egypt closed for Armed Forces Day
Syria closed for Tishreen Liberation War Day

Remember when consular office are closed there are no visa processed
or new applications accepted on that day. When an embassy or
consulate is closed, that day does count as a processing day and
applications currently in for process will have the visa processing
extended to include the non processing closure day. Please account
for extra time if you are applying for a visa to a country whose office closed because of holiday.
If you have any questions on how long your visa request will take
for a particular country please feel free to contact our
professional staff
for more information.

International Protest Update, September 13 13 September 12

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In addition to the September 11 protests in Benghazi, Libya and Cairo, Egypt, protests have occurred in the following countries:

  • Yemen: US Embassy staff have been evacuated following a violent protest today in which hundreds of protesters stormed the embassy grounds in Sanaa.  More than 15 people have been injured.
  • Morocco: Approximately 400 people have demonstrated at the US Consulate in Casablanca, Morocco today, but no violence has been reported.
  • Israel: Israeli Muslims held a small, non-violent demonstration today at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • Bangladesh:  Approximately 100 people held a small protest at the Baitul Mokarram Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh today. Additional protests at the US Embassy and other mosques have been threatened, and may occur after Friday prayers on September 14.
  • Iran: A group of approximately 500 people protested today at the Swiss Embassy in Tehran.  As the US does not maintain an Embassy in Iran, the Swiss Embassy represents US interests.
  • Iraq: Protests have been held today in several cities, including Basra and Baghdad, and reports state that the militia group Asaib al-Haq has threatened attacks on US interests in Iraq.
  • Sudan: On 12 September a small demonstration occurred at the US Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan; no violence occurred.
  • Tunisia: 200 people demonstrated non-violently at the US Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia on September 12.
  • Palestine: On September12,  supporters of a Palestinian militant group held a small demonstration in Gaza City.

Protests have been threatened at the following locations:

  • Kuwait: Although a protest was called for at the US Embassy in Kuwait City for September 12, it may not have come to fruition.
  • Nigeria: Although there have been no demonstrations thus far, security forces have been placed on “red alert” as a precaution.
  • Pakistan: Demonstrations have been called for in Pakistan on 14 September.
  • Afghanistan: Afghan officials, fearing unrest similar to that triggered by a Koran-burning earlier this year, have taken extensive steps to prevent violent protests.