What is the change? Government offices in countries throughout much of Europe, the Americas and other parts of the world that celebrate Easter holidays will close from Friday through Monday in observance of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. This year, Orthodox Easter coincides with the Gregorian calendar and will be observed on the same dates.

What does the change mean? Applicants should expect a slowdown in processing during the holiday break and potential backlogs when offices reopen.

  • Implementation time frame: April 14-17.
  • Visas/permits affected: All processing.
  • Who is affected: Applicants requiring government services during the break.
  • Impact on processing times: The holiday break may delay processing by one to four days.

BAL Analysis: Applicants should check with their BAL professional for holiday dates of individual countries. Those seeking consular processing should also note that embassies and consulates may observe unique 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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