Dept of State: Pending Adoption Alert in Nepal

7 10 2010

FROM: OFFICE OF CHILDREN’S ISSUES, DEPT OF STATE

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 http://adoption.state.gov.  

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 businesswill be closed for many days between October 8 and November 7, as Nepalis typically travel home to theirvillages. 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 AdoptionsNepal@state.gov (for cases being processed by the U.S. Embassy) or to cis.ndi@dhs.gov (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 AskCI@state.gov or to USCIS’s National Benefits Center at NBC.adoptions@dhs.gov.

Please continue to monitor http://adoption.state.gov for updated information on adoptions in Nepal.

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