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21 December 2017

GLOBAL: Slow immigration and custom clearance processing during holidays 

During the Christmas and New Year’s holidays many government offices will close or have reduced working hours which will slow immigration and custom clearance processing worldwide. 

The following is a summary of closures by region.

Africa: Christmas and New Year’s coincide with the traditional summer holiday in much of Africa.

•   Immigration authorities in many African countries, notably Gabon and Nigeria will be closed 25 December 2017 and 1 January 2018. 

•   In Ghana authorities will be closed 25-26 December and 1 January 2018. 

•   South Africa’s Visa Facilitation Center (VFS) will be closed 25 -26 December, 2017 and 1-2 January 2018

 

Americas: Most government immigration offices are expected to be closed 25 December and 1 January. 

•   Brazil - Government offices are expected to be closed on 25 December 2017 and 1 January 2018. 

•   In Costa Rica the immigration authority will be closed from 18 December 2017 to 15 January 2018. The offices will only operate for passport pick up and issuance of travel permits for minors (except on 25 December 2017 and 1 January 1 2018, which are public holidays).

•   Canada - Government offices will be closed 25-26 December2017 and 1 January 2018.

•   Mexico - The Mexican National Immigration Institute in Mexico City and in other Mexican cities will be closed from 17 December 2017 to 9 January 2018. 

•   The United States only observes 25 December and 1 January as official holidays. However, some foreign consulates and embassies may be closed for longer periods following the holiday schedules of the country in which they are located.


Asia:
Most countries will observe one or more days for Christmas and New Year’s.

•   China does not officially mark Christmas as a public holiday but will close on 1 January for New Year’s Day.

•   Government offices in Indonesia will be closed 25-26 December 2017 and 1 January 2018. In addition, the Ministry of Manpower will not accept any applications from 22 December 2017 to 1 January 2018.

•   In Japan, both businesses and governmental offices will be closed for a national holiday on 23 December and then also for the Japanese New Year celebrations from 29 December to 3 January. Additionally, Japan will celebrate Coming of Age Day on January 8, 2017.

•   In Malaysia, immigration offices will be closed 25 December 2017 and 1 January 2018. Additionally, in East Malaysia documents won’t be accepted during the period of 22 December 2017- 2 January 2018. In West Malaysia authorities announced additional closure periods due to the scheduled maintenance of its MYXpats Centre and Expatriate Services Division online system. MYXpats Centre will stop accepting documents from Wednesday, 20 December 2017, and the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) online system will cease operation from 6pm on 26 December 2017. Both MYXpats Centre and ESD online systems will resume operations on 2 January 2018.


Europe:
Government offices in most countries in Europe will be closed 25-26 December and 1 January 2018. Authorities will be working with a reduced staff during the year- end season. 

•   In Denmark the immigration authorities will be closed from 23 December to 2 January 2018. Applications can be filed during this period, but the authorities will only start processing them upon reopening.


Middle East:
Christmas and New Year’s are not observed as public holidays, but some private offices may close.

•   In Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, the immigration authority will be closed 1 January 2018.


Oceania: 

•   In Australia, the immigration authority will be closed 25-27 December 2017 and 1 January 2018.

•   Immigration offices in New Zealand will be partially closed from 22 December 2017 to 3 January 2018 due to limited staffing.

 

How Does This Affect the Client?

Processing times will be longer and a backlog of cases may develop immediately following the New Year when offices reopen.

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