Holiday closures to delay processing

18 Sep 14

ISRAEL

IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Government agencies will be closed during the observances of Rosh Hashana and Sukkot.

What does the change mean? No work permits or visa applications will be processed.

  • Implementation timeframe: Rosh Hashana is Sept. 24-25 and Sukkot is Oct. 8-18.
  • Visas/permits affected: All permits and visas.
  • Who is affected: Applicants for permits and visas.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing will be halted for the holidays and temporary backlogs may result for a time.

Background: All government offices in Israel will close for the holidays. Consular posts will have the option of closing or staying open on a part-time schedule.

BAL Analysis: Employers should be mindful of these holidays and submit planned applications as soon as possible so that they are processed immediately. Applicants for visas and permits should check with their local consulates for holiday schedules.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Israel. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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