The following are reminders of recent or upcoming implementation dates that you should know:
- September 19, Brazil – The labor strike by workers in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs enters its sixth week. Significant backlogs and delays continue in the processing of work and residence authorizations and visas in numerous overseas Brazilian Embassies and Consulates. Some consulates have suspended visa services altogether, while Embassies and some consulates are continuing limited visa processing at diminished capacity. Expect significant delays. (See our Immigration Dispatch of September 6 for additional details)
- October 1, Switzerland – Fourth Quarter visa quota opens. L and B Permits may be available but vary by canton. (See our Immigration Dispatch of September 6 for additional details)
- October 1-7, China – Golden Week will be celebrated as a national holiday throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Private companies, public offices, government offices, and overseas consular posts will be closed, but will re-open again on the following Saturday and Sunday (8-9). Expect delays at all stages of the immigration process, both during and after. Also, expect travel within the country to be congested during this time.
- October 2, Saudi Arabia – New significantly higher visit visa fees and re-entry fees take effect. (See our Global Brief of September 2 for fee schedule and additional details).
- October 4, Israel – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) will be celebrated. Private companies, public offices, government offices, and overseas consular posts will be closed.