What is the change? The South Korean government has announced a temporary holiday on Friday, May 6. Immigration Offices will be closed May 5-8.

What does the change mean? Processing will be suspended during the holiday break. Applicants whose expiration or notification date falls on May 6 must appear on May 9. Applicants who had appointments scheduled for May 6 should appear with their reservation receipt no later than May 13.

  • Implementation time frame: May 5-8.
  • Visas/permits affected: Immigration processing.
  • Who is affected: Companies and individuals seeking immigration services.
  • Impact on processing times: The holiday break will temporarily suspend processing.

Background: South Korea observes public holidays May 5 for Children’s Day and May 8 for Parents’ Day. The May 6 temporary holiday creates a four-day weekend.

BAL Analysis: Employers and individuals should plan around the holiday break. Those whose permits expire or whose appointments fell on May 6 should follow the make-up dates and procedures for appearing at the Immigration Office to avoid delay or expiration of their permits.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in South Korea. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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