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Brazil Visa Processing Update 7 November 12

Posted by Summer Jenkins in Visa News.
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Last week, the Brazilian Consular Service announced that severe technical difficulties were halting the issuance of visas at consulates worldwide.  In the US, the Chicago Consulate was the first to stop issuing visas, swiftly followed by the consulates in Houston, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Meanwhile, the consulates in Washington, DC and New York City were shut down by Hurricane Sandy.

It has since been revealed that the technical difficulties are actually a contract dispute between the Brazilian Government and the manufacturer of their visa stickers.  Consulates are running low on visa stickers, and do not know when they will again be available.  They have reacted by extending visa processing times, issuing visas only to applicants who appear in person with urgent requests, or by shutting down processing entirely.  In recent days, however, processing times at some consulates have been returning to more normal speeds.

G3 is checking with the consulates daily to determine their visa issuance status, which we will continue to update here.

Brazil Visa Issuance Status

Consulate                   Accepting Applications? Processing Time
Atlanta Accepting 15 business days
Boston Accepting 12 business days
Chicago Personal Appearance Only At consular discretion
DC Accepting 12 business days
Hartford Accepting 15 business days
Houston Accepting 7 business days
LA Accepting 22 business days
Miami Accepting 45 business days
NYC Accepting 6 business days
San Francisco Not Accepting N/A

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