What is the change? Japan will observe public holidays on April 29 and May 4-6.

What does the change mean? Government offices will be closed and in-country immigration processing will be suspended during the holidays.

  • Implementation time frame: April 29 and May 4-6.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas and certificates of eligibility.
  • Who is affected: Anyone needing a certificate of eligibility or other immigration-related service.
  • Impact on processing times: All in-country immigration processing, including certificate of eligibility applications, will be suspended.
  • Business impact: Holiday delays may have a minor impact on business schedules and assignments.
  • Next steps: If possible, applicants should submit certificate of eligibility, change of status or renewal applications and complete any immigration-related notifications before the holidays.

Background: Japan’s “Golden Week” holiday period begins April 29 with Showa Day. The country celebrates Greenery Day on May 4 and Children’s Day on May 5. Constitution Memorial Day falls on May 3, a Sunday, but will be observed May 6. All four are public holidays and government offices will be closed.

BAL Analysis: Employers should prepare for the office closures and are encouraged to file time-sensitive applications and notifications before the holidays, if possible.

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

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