What is the change? Offices in a number of countries that celebrate Easter will close late this week and early next week for Good Friday and Easter Monday.

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: Roughly March 30-April 2. Countries that observe Orthodox Easter may close offices around that holiday, which falls on April 8 this year.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas, permits and other immigration services.
  • 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 their own 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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