The Russian government announced that it would implement nine “non-working days” from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7. The non-working period may affect visa application processing and immigration services.

Key Points:

  • Government services centers and other state-run businesses may be closed or operate at reduced capacity during this time.
  • Individual states retain the right to modify the dates of the “non-working days” and the extent in which the policy will be applied to businesses.
  • Individuals should check with their local authorities for exact dates and closures during the “non-working days.”
  • The Russian government maintains the right to extend the “non-working days.”

Background: The “non-working days” regime was first implemented in March 2020 and lasted for a month. During that time, the acceptance of immigration documents was significantly limited and carried out using electronic resources or by preliminary appointment.

BAL Analysis: The decision to institute nationwide “non-working days” is intended to slow the spread of COVID-19. Individuals should check with their local authorities to find location specific details. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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