What is the change? Government and quasi-governmental employees in Beijing will be given a six-day furlough to reduce the number of cars on the road during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

What does the change mean? All government offices, including the Beijing Labor Bureau, Exit-Entry Bureau, Public Security Bureau and Foreign Affairs Office, will be closed Nov. 7 – 12 and will open instead on Sunday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 15.

  • Implementation timeframe: Nov. 2 – 15.
  • Visas/permits affected: All immigration-related services.
  • Who is affected: Applicants requiring immigration services.
  • Impact on processing times: The closures will cause a delay of approximately one week.
  • Business impact: Companies and individuals should plan for the change in schedule.
  • Next steps: Applicants should submit filings as early as possible to avoid delays.

Background: Beijing will host a series of APEC meetings Nov. 4 -11. To reduce traffic and smog, officials in the Chinese capital have instituted alternating odd-even license plate driving days and will increase public transportation.

BAL Analysis: Companies are urged to file as soon as possible and to plan for delays during the suspension in services.

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