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Apr 23 2019

Immigration Processing Delays Expected During Ramadan

Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

At a Glance

  • Foreign nationals and their employers can expect immigration processing delays from the beginning of May through the beginning of June in the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and parts of Asia during the observance of Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr. Many government offices worldwide reduce their hours and/or close during Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr.
  • Processing delays could continue in the weeks following Ramadan, due to application backlogs that accumulate during the closures.

Foreign nationals and their employers can expect immigration processing delays over the coming weeks in the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and parts of Asia during observance of Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr. Many government offices worldwide reduce their hours and/or close during Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr.

In most of the world, Ramadan is expected to begin on May 3 or 4 and will end on June 5 or 6, with both dates depending on lunar sightings. The Eid-al-Fitr holiday will begin on the first day following the end of Ramadan, though its exact dates and the duration will vary by country. Processing delays could continue in the weeks following Ramadan, due to application backlogs that accumulate during the closures.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of operating hours and office closures for Ramadan. Government office closures are expected in many countries for Eid-al-Fitr, though there have not been official announcements for most countries.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Worldwide.