What is the change? Singapore’s upcoming celebration marking 50 years of sovereignty will leave government offices closed from Aug. 7 through Aug. 10.

What does the change mean? Employers should factor the holidays into their timelines for employee start dates and when scheduling appointments for immigration services.

  • Implementation time frame: Aug. 7-10.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas and permits.
  • Who is affected: Anyone needing immigration-related services.
  • Impact on processing times: All in-country immigration services, including issuance of employment passes and biometric appointments, will be suspended during the holiday period.
  • Business Impact: Holiday delays may have a minor impact on business schedules and assignments.
  • Next Steps: Those in need of appointments for immigration services should make them as soon as possible in order to avoid any delays associated with the holidays.

Background: Singapore’s National Day is celebrated Aug. 9 to mark the country’s 1965 independence from Malaysia. This year, Singapore will observe an extended Jubilee Weekend from Aug. 7 through Aug. 10 in celebration of its 50th anniversary of sovereignty. Government offices will be closed on these dates. Consulate posts abroad will also celebrate National Day, though dates of closures may vary.

BAL Analysis: Employers should take note of the holiday and plan accordingly. Those in need of consular services abroad should check holiday schedules before visiting an embassy or consulate.

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

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