What is the change? Employers are reminded that Chinese government offices will be closed Oct. 1-8 as the country celebrates National Day and related holidays

What does the change mean? Employers and applicants should plan around the holiday break and file time-sensitive applications as soon as possible

  • Implementation time frame: Oct. 1-8
  • Visas/permits affected: All immigration-related government services
  • Impact on processing times: Applicants should expect slower processing
  • Business impact: Employers should factor in the holiday period when planning business schedules and start dates.

Background: National Day is celebrated Oct. 1 of every year to commemorate the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The holiday is combined with the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is celebrated in a number of Asian countries, and offices in mainland China will be closed for a full week.

BAL Analysis: Employers should plan around the holidays and anticipate a backlog when offices reopen. Chinese consular posts abroad will also suspend operations or operate on significantly reduced schedules. Overseas applicants should contact their relevant Chinese consulate for specific holiday schedules.