Gambia: Delays possible as Gambia prepares for election

What is the change? Delays in immigration services are possible as Gambia braces for a tense presidential election Dec. 1.

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What does the change mean? Employers and foreign nationals should prepare for work permit and visa processing delays. Those in need of timely immigration services should submit applications as early as possible.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas, permits and other government services.
  • Who is affected: Companies and foreign employees seeking government services before and after the Dec. 1 election.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing may take longer than usual.

Background: Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is seeking a fifth presidential term after taking power in a 1994 coup. Opposition groups have united behind businessman Adama Barrow, who is mounting the most serious election challenge Jammeh has yet faced, according to numerous media outlets. Human Rights Watch has accused Jammeh of using violence and intimidation, tactics which he has denied. The election has Gambia on edge and immigration delays seem likely, both in the lead-up to the Dec. 1 vote and afterward.

B·A·L Analysis: Businesses may have to rearrange travel schedules or start dates if delays become serious. BAL will continue to monitor events in Gambia and provide updates as needed.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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