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Embassy Closure List week of Oct 8 8 October 12

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This week Columbus Day is observed. This is an official Federal Holiday, closing banks and Federal institutions such as the State Department’s Passport Office and the Office of Authentications. As with  most US Federal Holidays the Russian Embassy is open and this counts as a processing day for applications already in process. However, their ILS acceptance facilities are closed, so new Russian applications will be submitted today. Also the Chinese Embassy is closed but it’s consulates in LA and San Francisco are open for processing and accepting new visa applications today.

8  October, Monday: Columbus Day – US Passport Offices closed, many embassies and consulates closed including:

Algeria
Bangladesh
Brazil
Cambodia
China – All consulates except LA and SF.
Egypt
India – only the Travisa office in SF, all others are open.
Laos
Malaysia
Nigeria
Myanmar
Kazakhstan
Philippines
Russia – ILS offices closed, but consulates open
Thailand
Saudi Arabia
Turkey
Vietnam
Venezuela closed for Day of Indigenous Resistance


9 October, Tuesday
Uganda closed for Independence Day

10 October, Wednesday
Kenya closed for Moi Day
Taiwan closed for National Day (Double Tenth)

12 October, Friday,  
Equatorial Guinea closed for Independence Day
Laos closed for Day of Liberation

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.

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

China
(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 21 21 September 12

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Ten days after the first protests broke out at US Consulates in Egypt and Libya, demonstrations continue, and have now spread to nations beyond the Islamic world.  In some nations, protesters have targeted locales deemed to be American interests, such as fast food restaurants and movie theaters.  French Embassies and interests are also now at risk, following a French magazine’s publication of cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed on September 19.

The US State Department has responded by temporarily closing dozens of diplomatic missions abroad, and has issued official warnings for the following countries:

  • Austria – planned protest at the US Embassy in Vienna on Saturday.
  • Australia – possible demonstrations in multiple locations in Perth this weekend.
  • India – Several US Consulates have been closed as a precaution following last week’s protests in Kashmir and Chennai.
  • Ireland – planned protest at the US Embassy in Dublin on Friday afternoon.
  • Jordan – several demonstrations planned at the US Embassy and other locations in Amman on Friday afternoon.
  • Mali – high risk of protests and civil unrest targeting the embassies of USA and France in Bamako on Friday and throughout the weekend.
  • Mauritania – high risk of protests at the embassies of USA and France in Nouakchott, as well as at the Grande Mosque and Marche Capital areas on Friday and throughout the weekend.
  • Nigeria – the US Embassy in Abuja and the US Consulate General in Lagos will close at 11:00AM today as a precautionary measure, as demonstrations are likely.
  • Norway – two planned demonstrations on Friday afternoon, one at the US Embassy in Oslo, and one in Oslo’s Youngstorget area.
  • Pakistan – the US Consulate General in Lahore is temporarily closed due to violent protests.  Demonstrations are ongoing in other cities, including Peshawar, Islamabad, Karachi and Rawalpindi.
  • Tunisia – protests at the US Embassy in Tunis are expected on Friday.  The Embassy and Consular Section is temporarily closed to the public.
  • Turkmenistan – although no protests have yet been announced, the US Embassy in Ashgabat warns US citizens of the possibility of demonstrations arising spontaneously.
  • Uganda – the US Embassy in Kampala urges US citizens to “keep a low profile and avoid unnecessary travel,” as demonstrations are likely to occur throughout Uganda this weekend.

Further protests have occurred in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jakarta and several other cities in Indonesia, Quito, Ecuador, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The US State Department has also issued warnings for Gabon, Spain and Malta, although demonstrations in those countries are likely to be for unrelated political and economic reasons.

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.