Japan: ‘Golden Week’ holidays to suspend processing

Japan will observe combined public holidays April 29 and May 3-5, known as Golden Week.

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What does the change mean? Government offices will be closed and in-country immigration processing will be suspended during the holidays.

Implementation time frame: April 29 and May 3-5.

Visas/permits affected: All visas and certificates of eligibility.

Who is affected: Applicants seeking services from government offices in Japan.

Impact on processing times: All in-country immigration processing and other government services will be suspended.

Business impact: The annual holidays will cause minor delays to business schedules.

Next steps: Applicants should submit time-sensitive applications before the holidays, including applications for certificates of eligibility, changes of status, renewals, and any immigration-related notifications.

Background: Golden Week begins April 29 with Showa Day. Constitution Day is observed on May 3, Greenery Day on May 4, and Children's Day on May 5. All four are national holidays and government offices will be closed.

BAL Analysis: Employers should plan for the upcoming office closures and, if needed, file time-sensitive applications and notifications before the break.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Japan. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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