Immigration Processing During The Holiday Season

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At a Glance

During the holiday season, many government offices worldwide will close or have reduced staff and operating hours, likely resulting in processing delays for work permits, residence permits and visas over the coming weeks and into the new year. Employers and foreign nationals with travel or relocation plans between now and early 2020 should contact their immigration service provider to discuss the impact of holiday closures on their specific circumstances. The following is a non-exhaustive list of immigration office and government closings during the holiday season. Employers and foreign nationals with travel or relocation plans between now and early 2020 should contact their immigration service provider to discuss the impact of holiday closures on their specific circumstances.

Albania

The government authorities will be closed December 25, 2019, and January 1-2, 2020. In general, reduced staff during the year-end period may delay processing times.

Algeria

The immigration authority will be closed January 1 and January 20, 2020.

Angola

The immigration authority will be closed December 25-26, 2019 and January 1, 2020.

Argentina

Government offices will be closed December 24, 25 and 31, 2019 and January 1, 2020.

Australia

The immigration authority will be closed December 25-26, 2019 and January 1, 2020.

Austria

The immigration authority in Vienna will be closed December 25-26, 2019, and January 1, 2020, and will have limited opening hours (8-11 AM local time) on December 24 and 31, 2019. In general, reduced staff during the year-end period may delay processing times.

Azerbaijan

Government offices will be closed December 31, 2019 and January 1-6, 2020.

Bahrain

The immigration authority will be closed on December 16-17, 2019 and January 1, 2020.

Belarus

The immigration authority will be closed December 25, 2019 and January 1-2 and 6-7, 2020. To compensate, the immigration authority will be open on January 4 and 11, 2020.

Belgium

Government offices will be closed December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020. Federal, regional and municipal authorities are expected to be closed or close early on other days in December and January, but typically announce these on short notice. In general, reduced staff during the year-end period is expected to delay processing.

Bermuda

Government offices are expected to close at 1 pm on December 24 and 31, 2019, and will be closed on December 25 and 26, 2019 and January 1, 2020.

Bolivia

Government offices will be closed December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020.

Bosnia

Government offices will be closed January 1, 2 and 7, 2020. In general, reduced staff during the year-end period is expected to delay processing times.

Botswana

The immigration authority will be closed December 25-26, 2019 and January 1, 2020.

Brazil

The Federal Police and other government offices are expected to close at 11 AM on December 24 and 31, 2019, and remain closed December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020.

Brunei

Government offices will be closed December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020.

Bulgaria

The immigration authority will be closed December 24-26, 2019 and January 1, 2020.

Cambodia

Government offices will be closed December 10, 2019 and January 1 and 7, 2020.

Cameroon

The immigration authority will be closed December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020.

Canada

Government offices will be closed December 25-26, 2019 and January 1, 2020. Foreign nationals traveling to Canada are reminded to confirm that their necessary travel documents (passports, work permits visas and/or electronic travel authorizations, as applicable) are valid before departing Canada. Permanent residents of Canada should be aware that a valid permanent residence card is required to return to Canada by air.

Chad

The immigration authority will be closed December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020.

Chile

Government offices are expected to close at 12 PM on December 24, 2019, and remain closed December 25 and 31, 2019, and January 1, 2020.

China

Government offices will be closed January 1, 2020.

Colombia

Government offices will be closed December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2019. Additionally, some Professional Boards will be closed between December 23, 2019 and January 3, 2020. There may be delays due to a reduced workforce in all governmental offices.

Costa Rica

Government offices will be closed December 23, 2019 through January 3, 2020.

Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

The immigration authority will be closed December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020.

Croatia

Government offices will be closed December 25-26, 2019 and January 1 and 6, 2020. Government offices are expected to close early on December 24 and 31, 2019. In general, government offices will have limited staff between December 24, 2019 and January 7, 2020.

Cyprus

Government offices will be closed December 25-26, 2019 and January 1 and 6, 2020. Government offices will be operating at limited capacity on December 24 and 31, 2019.

Czech Republic

Government offices will be closed from December 23, 2019 up to and including January 1, 2020. Government offices will operate with limited staff January 2-3, 2020.

Democratic Republic of Congo

The immigration authority will be closed December 25, 2019 and January 1 and 4, 2020.

Denmark

The immigration authorities will be closed from December 23, 2019 up to and including January 1, 2020.

Dominican Republic

The National Immigration Directorate is expected to close at 12 PM on December 24 and 31, 2019, and remain closed December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020. The...

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