September 17, 2012

The Chinese Government has issued an official announcement that all government offices will be closed from September 30-October 7, 2012 in observance of a rare, consecutive-day holiday observation of both the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day holidays. This eight-day holiday is referred to as “Super Golden Week” and is the longest national holiday this year.

The U.S. Embassy and U.S. consular posts throughout China will also be closed from September 30-October 4, 2012 in observance of these national holidays

Most Chinese consular posts in the U.S. will be closed from October 1-3, 2012 in observance of the National Day holidays.

ACTION ITEMS FOR EMPLOYERS

Through mid-October, Chinese companies filing work permit applications with local Labor Bureaus should expect a week to two-week delay in processing times until a week’s worth of backlogged applications are cleared. Local Public Security Bureaus will also be closed and may experience similar delays in processing Residence Permit applications.

Assignees should check with their local Chinese consular post as to holiday schedules and approximate processing times for end of September/first week of October visa applications and schedule their travel plans to China accordingly.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader

This is provided as informational only and does not substitute for actual legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a matter. Readers are reminded that Immigration laws are fluid and can change a moment’s notice without any warning. Please reach out to your local Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist should you require any additional clarification. This alert was prepared by Glenn Faulk, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management.