What is the change? UAE immigration offices will be closed for a four-day weekend, Nov. 30-Dec. 3, as the country observes UAE National Day.

What does the change mean? Offices will reopen Dec. 4. Applicants should account for the closure and expect delays.

  • Implementation time frame: Nov. 30-Dec. 3.
  • Visas/permits affected: All immigration services.
  • Who is affected: Employers and individuals seeking immigration and other services.
  • Impact on processing times: Applicants should anticipate delays and a backlog when offices reopen.
  • Business impact: Employers should factor in the holiday closures and ensuing delays when planning business schedules and start dates.

Background: UAE National Day is a national holiday celebrated on Dec. 2 to commemorate the federal unification of the seven emirates. In observance of the holiday, nationwide celebrations and government office closures are planned.

Analysis & Comments: In addition to the immigration office closures, applicants should check holiday observances for embassies and consulates, as they may vary depending on location. Employers should anticipate delays and submit applications before the holidays if possible.

Source: Deloitte LLP. Deloitte LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC303675 and its registered office at 1 New Street Square, London EC4A 3HQ, United Kingdom.