China: Offices to close for national holiday
Government offices will close in China in observance of National Day and Golden Week Oct.1-7.
What does the change mean? Applicants should expect delays in October and file time-sensitive applications as soon as possible.
- Implementation time frame: Oct.1-7 in China; schedules may vary at overseas consulates.
- Visas/permits affected: All visas and permits.
- Who is affected: Anyone needing to obtain immigration-related government services in China or at a Chinese consulate
- Impact on processing times: Processing will be halted Oct. 1-7 and delays and backlogs should be expected when offices reopen.
- Business Impact: Businesses should be prepared for a post-holiday backlog and may need to adjust schedules accordingly.
Background: National Day marks the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1, 1949 and kicks off a seven-day Golden Week celebration across China, Hong Kong and Macau.
BAL Analysis: Companies and foreign employees should check with their BAL attorney or local officials for office closures. Those in need of government services should plan around office closures Oct. 1-7. Overseas applicants should contact the relevant Chinese consulate for individual holiday schedules.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.
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