Election, holiday closures to delay processing

10 Mar 15



What is the change? Israeli government offices will be closed for Election Day, on March 17, and for the Passover holiday from April 3 through April 12.

What does the change mean? Visa and work permit applicants should expect delays during and immediately following the holiday closures.

  • Implementation timeframe: March 17; April 3 through April 12.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas and work permits.
  • Who is affected: Employers and foreign nationals applying for visas or work permits.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing of visas and work permit applications in Israel will be suspended on Election Day and during the holiday period.

Background: Consular posts may suspend or limit processing during the times outlined above. Those applying for Israeli visas abroad should check with their local consular post for details on closures and processing.

BAL Analysis: Employers and applicants should prepare for the closures and file time-sensitive applications as soon as possible.

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