What is the change? South Korea will observe public holidays on May 7 and 22 and June 6 and 13.

What does the change mean? Government offices will be closed and in-country immigration processing will be suspended on those days.

  • Implementation time frame: May 7 and 22. June 6 and 13.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas, permits and other immigration-related government services.
  • Who is affected: Anyone seeking immigration services in South Korea.
  • Impact on processing times: All in-country immigration processing and other government services will be suspended on the public holidays.
  • Business impact: Businesses may need to make minor adjustments to account for the closures.
  • Next steps: Applicants should submit time-sensitive applications before the holidays if possible.

Background: Government offices will be closed May 7 for the Children’s Day holiday, May 22 for Buddha’s Birthday, June 6 for Memorial Day and June 13 for local elections.

BAL Analysis: Employers should plan for the closures and, if needed, file time-sensitive applications and notifications before May 6. South Korean embassies and consulates around the world may be closed for the holidays as well, though schedules may vary.

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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