Notice Concerning Upcoming Embassy Closures
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 9:59 PM
From:"Lincoln, Ruth A"
To: "Lincoln, Ruth A"

Dear Prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers with Nepal programs,

The following notice is sent as a reminder about the upcoming holidays in Nepal, and the dates on which the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu will be closed. This notice will also be posted on our website, at .

Upcoming Embassy Closures

October 6, 2010

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu will be closed on the following days:

October 8 - Ghatasthapana
October 11 - Columbus Day
October 14-18 - Dashain
November 5 - Tihar

The Embassy’s Consular Section will be open on October 12 and 13 and will continue to work on pending adoption cases and respond to public inquiries. The Consular Section will make every effort to investigate cases, to the extent possible, during the festival period, but Government of Nepal offices and business will be closed for many days between October 8 and November 7, as Nepalis typically travel home to their villages. The actual days off will vary, so it is difficult to predict when individual Government of Nepal offices will be open.

In case of an emergency, American citizens in Nepal may contact the Embassys after-hours hotline at: 977-1-400-7266 and 977-1-400-7269.

Inquiries concerning adoptions cases may be directed to (for cases being processed by the U.S. Embassy) or to (for cases that have been sent to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in New Delhi). Inquiries may also be directed to the Office of Children’s Issues at or to USCIS’s National Benefits Center at .

Please continue to monitor for updated information on adoptions in Nepal.

Ruth Lincoln
Adoption Division
Office of Children's Issues
U.S. Department o f State
Washington D.C.
Tel: (202) 736-4995