november 2022 holidays
The Consulate General of Lebanon in New York will be closed on:
- Friday, November 11 : Veterans Day
- Tuesday, November 22 : Lebanese Independence Day
- Thursday, November 24 & Friday, November 25 : Thanksgiving
important notice regarding the processing of formalities
The Consulate General of Lebanon in New York always does its best to serve its citizens and visitors in an efficient and timely manner. However, we kindly ask you to bear with us as, due to severe budget cuts, we are very understaffed, we currently only have three employees processing the formalities of over 200,000 Lebanese Expats in the ten States of the Northeastern U.S.
Moreover, due to the said budget cuts, we are not allowed to hire new employees to replace any employee who resigns or retires. This puts additional, enormous pressure on us, but we do our very best to serve you.
Based on the above, and due to the very high number of calls and emails that we receive daily, we ask you to be patient until your turn comes, as we work on a “first call (or email) first served basis.”
– When you call the Consulate and your call is not immediately answered and you are automatically put on hold, please wait until an employee answers. In case you choose not to wait, please leave a message with your name and phone number, and we will call you back. We answer all calls and always call back.
– As for emails, we also reply to all emails in the order we receive them.
– Regarding Powers of Attorney drafted at the Consulate, no walk-ins, by appointment only. Please call or email to make an appointment.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
important notice regarding formalities
Only money orders payable to the Consulate General of Lebanon are accepted for all formalities.
important announcement regarding biometric passports
In accordance with the instructions of the Directorate of General Security, the Consulate General of Lebanon would like to inform our community members that as of September 15, 2022, all expired biometric passports will be replaced by machine-readable ones with a maximum validity of five years.
Please note that all Passport applications should be submitted to the Consulate three months ahead of the current passport expiration date. The Consulate is not responsible for any delays in travelling to Lebanon or any immigration issue resulting from personal negligence.
Reacquiring Lebanese Citizenship
Dear Fellow Lebanese,
We would like to inform you that the Lebanese pertinent authorities, pursuant to Law # 41 “Reacquiring the Lebanese Citizenship” dated November 24, 2015, have started taking applications from members of the Lebanese diaspora to reacquire the Lebanese citizenship. The said Law stipulates that applications should be submitted before November 25, 2025.
Applications will be considered by a committee within the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities of Lebanon. Applicants can appeal the decisions of the said committee within a month from the time they are legally notified of such decisions at the address they specified in their applications.
Persons eligible to apply should have their names or the names of their paternal ancestors, or male relatives on their father’s side, listed on the records of the census of 1921 – 1924, either residents or immigrants registers, and/or the records of the census of 1932, immigrants registers, available at the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities.
Please click on the link below to learn more about the requirements.
For information on the status of your registration by family name, kindly select the following link:
Consulate General of Lebanon
9 E. 76th St.
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 744-7905
Fax: (212) 794-1510
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday:
From 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM for submitting formalities.
From 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM for retrieving formalities previously submitted.
Closed on national holidays.
New Hampshire (NH)
New Jersey (NJ)
New York (NY)
Rhode Island (RI)
LAW No. 194 ON REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS IN AREAS AFFECTED BY THE BEIRUT PORT BLAST
We would like to bring the Lebanese community’s attention to the following matter concerning real estate transactions in areas and neighborhoods affected by the Beirut Port explosion, specifically in the Port, Saifi, Mudawar, and Rmeil:
In light of the stifling economic crisis that Lebanon is currently undergoing, which was exacerbated by the Beirut Port blast, and based on the urgent need to protect Beirut’s historical heritage landmarks, and given the fact that some parties have exploited the economic crisis and the needs for liquidity of landowners, owners of houses, apartments or buildings in the aforementioned areas, exerting efforts to coerce them to sell their properties at lower-than-market prices, and in order to prevent unjust property sales under such circumstances, Law No. 194 was issued on October 12th, 2020.
Pursuant to this Law, and in accordance with its provisions, it is hereby forbidden, for a period of two years, to carry out any act pertaining to the transfer of ownership of real estate located in the aforementioned areas. Additionally, all powers of attorney signed between August 5th, 2020 and the date of the promulgation of this law regarding the transfer of ownership of real estate located in these areas are effectively frozen, pending examination by the General Directorate of Real Estate Affairs or the most relevant body.