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Embassy Closures 17 December to 21 December 17 December 12

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17 December,  Monday 

Bangladesh closed for Victory Day (holiday was Sunday)
Bahrain closed for National Day (holiday was Sunday)
Kazakhstan closed for Independence Day
South Africa closed for Day of Reconciliation (holiday was Sunday)

18 December, Tuesday

Qatar closed for National Day

21 December, Friday

Zimbabwe closed for Unity Day (holiday is Saturday)

China Shanghai Beijing 72 Hours TWOV 45 Nationalities 14 December 12

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China’s State Bureau  has recently amended it’s rules for entry. Effective 1 January 2013 travelers from 45 countries, including the USA, Canada and most of the EU, will be permitted to enter China for a 72 hour period with out the prerequisite visa. The new policy applies to travelers both business and tourist, who are enroute to another destination and are merely transiting through China. Travelers should have proof of an onward destination in the form of a plane ticket or visa.

Visa free entry is only available in two cities, Beijing and Shanghai and is restricted to air travelers only. In Shanghai, Hongqiao and Pudong airports will be allowing visitors in Beijing only Beijing Capital International Airport will have the new TWOV policy. Special accommodations like lines and lounge areas are being created at these airports to facilitate the quick processing of qualified travelers. The 72 hour period begins once the passport has been stamped and the traveler is officially admitted into China.

The move is seen to be an economic one. Hoping to stimulate economic zones of Shanghai and Beijing ‘the new rules are attempting to capitalize on tourist revenue that would not ordinarily pass through China or could not leave the airport because of visa issues. Tour operators in China are creating special 72 hour tour packages, including late nigh cinema (most international planes arrive at  night in China) highlight city tours and hotel packages.The current number of foreign visitors to Beijing is 5 million per year. The number is expected to double in three years after the TWOV policy comes into effect.

The new China TWOV rules are not with out restrictions.

  • Must be transit: The policy is for travelers going through China to get to another place. The next destination must not be the one you entered China from.
  • Not for flight crews: Crew personal will still be required a visas to China regardless of the duration of their stay. The new entry rule is effecting transit travel only and flight crews are not considered in transit.
  • Can not leave city: Travelers who enter Beijing or Shanghai under these new visa free rules are not permitted to go out side of  the city limits. Going outside of the city limits will be considered a visa violation and China is warning that violators will be banned from entering China in the future. Travelers must exit the same city from which they entered China from.
  • Police Registration: The rules say individuals should register with the police with in 24 hours of your entry into China. We recommend checking with your hotel or operator as they might have this registration done as part of their service.
  • No Pets: Pets are not permitted into China during the 72 visa free period. Pets brought into China will be kept in quarantine during that period with the exception of utility animals like guide dogs.
  • Don’t Overstay:Travelers who are not able to leave China during their 72 hour period due to illness or other reason, need to visa the Municipal Public Security Bureau and apply for a limited stay visa.

Visas are still required to China for most travelers. Information on obtaining a visa to China prior to departure is available on the G3 forms page. Here is a list of the available types and categories of Chinese visas.

  • F Visa: For travelers who are invited to China for visit, research, lecture, business, scientific-technological and culture exchanges or short-term advanced studies or intern practice for a period of no more than six months.
  • L Visa: For travelers who are coming to China for tourist purposes, family visiting or other personal affairs.
  • Z Visa: For travelers who are to taking up a post or employment in China, and their accompanying family members.
  • X Visa: For travelers who are coming to China for the purpose of study, advanced studies or intern practice for a period of six months or above.
  • C Visa: For crewmembers on international aviation, navigation and land transportation missions and their family members accompanying them.
  • J-1 Visa: For resident journalists.
  • J-2 Visa: For short term journalists.
  • G Visa: For transit
  • D Visa: Residency visas.

We are monitoring the role out of the program and will be providing updates as they develop. If you enter China through this visa free process, we are interested in hearing about your experiences.

Questions about China visas can be addressed to the G3 Country Information Coordinator.

Russian Embassy Winter Holiday Schedule 28 November 12

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Russian Embassy  Holiday Schedule 2013

 

It is time to start planning your visa to Russia if you want to leave with in the next two months.The New Year’s holiday, Orthodox Christmas and the Old New Year Celebration see a seasonal shutdown of the Russian government.The first few weeks in January has official business in Russia come to virtual stand still. This means every thing pertaining to the processing of visas stops for nearly ten days.

Since these holidays fall on different days of the week every year, the way the Russian government takes the holiday is dynamic from year to year. Forecasting the exact dates of the closures becomes an annual event that heralds the coming of the holiday season in Russia. Experience tells that the holiday can be suddenly extended with a situations like  the Foreign Ministry closed and the embassy open and the embassy closing  and the Foreign Ministry open on certain days. Careful planning by a visa expert is essential for travelers to Russia with departure dates in January and February.

Russian Visa Closure Dates:

Although not an official holiday in Russia, there will be no Russian visas processed on Western Christmas, the 25th of December.

New Year’s 2013 is on a Tuesday. The Embassy and the Russian Foreign Ministry will be closed from Monday the 31st of December through the 8th of January. Visa and invitation processing will resume on Wednesday, the 9th of January, 2013.

Old New Years is Monday the 14th January. It is undetermined at this point whether or not the Foreign Ministry or the Embassy will take the holiday. This is usually announced in the week after Orthodox Christmas if there will be a closure.

Vladimir Putin has in the past, extended the holiday by proclamation. It is unclear at this point if this will happen again this year.  These proclamations can sometimes have the Foreign Ministry in Russia  closed, effecting business invitation approvals, but the Russian Consular offices in the US are open. G3 will communicate any additional Holiday closures as soon as they are officially announced or we anticipate it.

Effect on Russian Business Invitations and Visas:

Because of the two step nature of the Russian visa process, Russian business visas travelers have to be especially conscious of their processing schedule and departure. dates during this time. Since,the first part of the visa process is the invitation, the time required by the Russian Foreign Ministry to approve any new invitation will increase. The second part being  the time the embassy takes to make the visa, once they have the approved invitation or telex authorization back from Moscow.

The January holiday schedule can cause huge delays for travelers trying to get to Russia. Travelers are advised to take this holiday schedule into account when figuring out their processing times and make adjustments if necessary  Nobody wants a passport locked in the consulate while it’s closed for ten days.

Not Enough Time? Consider Going as a Tourist :

Travelers to Russia should note that G3 can obtain tourist vouchers even when the government in Russia is closed. This visa support is different from the  business invitation support in that these vouchers, as they are known, don’t require governmental approval and can be issued in as quickly as 24 hours in some cases. If time is essential, a tourist visa could be the solution for some business travelers who do not have enough time to get an approved business invitation before the closure or wait for the government to reopen.

Expert Advise :

It is our experience that the Russian Winter Holiday closures creates inconveniences for many travelers each year. In many cases visas that would not ordinarily have to be rushed have to be expedited to accommodate the Russian schedule. This time of year sees many multiple entry, one year invitation requests, that take 21 business days to be approved,  changed to expedited single or double entry requests in order to meet a departure date.

G3 maintains an expert staff that is able to figure out the best solutions and advise on your trip to Russia. Russian visa questions can be addressed to the G3 Russian Country Information Codinator, Issaia Aponte, at the New York Office or to the Russia team email.

Visas to China, For Non US Citizens 28 November 12

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Chinese visa processing is not uniform. What one Chinese consulate will do, not do or require can differ from consulate to consulate.This situation is especially true for non US citizens who reside in the US who need visas to China. The nationalities most likely to have issues are French citizens (for their country’s support of Tibet) and passport holders from Taiwan. Certain Indian passports have also had issues getting Chinese visas.

Jurisdiction

China is enforcing jurisdiction for visa applicants. The first step in getting a Chinese visa is determining what Chinese visa office serves the state you have your legal residence in.This is usually determined by which state issued your driver’s license.

Map of Consular Jurisdiction for China

China Visa Consular Offices

Chinese Visa Requirements by City

Along with having jurisdiction, there are slight variations between the requirements between the various Chinese consulates in the US. Downloadable visa instructions are linked to the city names below that detail the visa process specific to that jurisdiction.

Washington, DC :

For residents of Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia and Wyoming.

G3’s office in Arlington, VA serves applicants at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC. The office can process Chinese visas for all Non US passport holders including French. Visas for French passport holders  are processed in no less than four days .  All other Non-US passports can do rush processing.

Chicago :

For residents of Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

G3’s Chicago office can not process Chinese visas for passport holders from France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, Norway, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Greece, Sweden, Estonia, Switzerland, Turkey and Luxemburg and Taiwan.  Rush processing is available for most other nationals not listed above.

Los Angeles :

For residents of Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, New Mexico, and the US Pacific Island Territories.

G3’s Los Angeles office can process visas for all non US passports with the exception of those from France and Taiwan. The fastest processing available is no less than four days.

San Francisco :

For residents of Alaska, Northern California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state

G3′ San Francisco office can process visas for  all Non US citizens passport holders with the exception of those from France and Taiwan. If the applicant has never visited China it could take up to 4 weeks for approval. If the applicant has a previous visa in their passport, rush processing is available.

Houston :

For residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas.

G3’s Houston office can  process all European Union passports except those issued from  France.Mission critical processing is not available. The fastest available processing for non US passports is no less than four days.

New York :

For residents of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey,  New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

G3’s New York office can process visas for citizens from all the European Union countries except France Most African countries and Pakistan can be processed. Rush visa processing is available for Non US passport holders.

Expert Advise

G3 Visas & Passports is unique in many ways. With our six offices we are able to serve applicants at every Chinese Consulate General and as well as the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC. G3 is also unique in that we have Country Information Coordinators. These  experts are designated to specialize in the visa processing for a specific country. G3’s China Coordinator is Rebecca Davis. If you have any questions on China visas, processing or need any additional information on China, she is available at the San Francisco office and by email.

Embassy Closures Week of 26 November – 30 November 2012 26 November 12

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This week has no US Federal Holidays and most embassies are open with normal hours this week. There are no major Embassy closures this week at Brazil, India, China or Russia. The list of embassy and consulate closures is below.

26 November, Monday

Sao Tome & Principe closed for Argel Accord Day
Suriname closed for Independence Day

28 November, Wednesday,

Chad closed for Proclamation of the Republic of Chad
Laos closed for That Luang Festival
Mauritania closed for Independence Day
Myanmar closed for Festival of Lights (Thadingyut)

30 November, Friday

Benin closed for National Day

 

Remember when consular office are closed there are no visa processed or new applications accepted on that day. When an embassy or consulate is closed, that day does count as a processing day and applications currently in for process will have the visa processing extended to include the non processing closure day. Please account for extra time if you are applying for a visa to a country whose office closed because of holiday.

If you have any questions on how long your visa request will take for a particular country please feel free to contact our professional staff for more information.

Myanmar: The Next Destination 16 November 12

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Burma, officially named the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is a nation reintegrating itself into the world economy. Since the 2010 elections, the country has undergone a series of economic and political reforms that have moved it from its 40+ year pariah nation status to an emerging democracy and tourist destination in South East Asia.

Secretary of State Clinton’s visit in November 2011 to Myanmar was a first for a US Secretary of State, and  paved the way for the upcoming state visit from President Obama this month. US relations with Myanmar have not had such a positive tone since the Second World War. The visit to Myanmar by the President is also a first for the US, and underscores the importance of the country has for US foreign policy in the region. Tourists are now discovering Myanmar as a top destination for culture and history.

The name Burma refers to the Bamar majority ethnic group, but the country officially recognizes over a dozen distinct cultural groups. Myanmar’s earliest inhabitants were ethnically and culturally linked with Tibet. These links  can still be seen today in the Burmese script, a form of Sanskrit, and  80 % of the population identifies as Buddhist. A regional superpower back in the 16th century, its borders extended to Tibet and incorporated modern day Thailand.  Myanmar’s culture and cuisine is a distinctive mix of Indian and regional South East Asian.

Myanmar is actively encouraging tourism, showcasing its coastline, ancient history, diverse culture and pristine interior jungles for ecotourism.  Although the capital of the country was moved in 2005 and renamed to Naypyidaw, meaning the City of the Kings, Yangon (also called Rangoon) remains the most important entry point for travelers. Many international carriers already fly in to Yangon, with many more adding new routes this October.

Visas to Myanmar

US citizens, as well as citizens of most other countries, must have a visa in advance to enter Myanmar.  Visas are issued by the Embassy in Washington, DC and by the Consulate General in New York City; the Embassy will accept applications from residents of any state except New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, which must process through the New York Consulate.  Processing times are extremely long; even the most urgent requests can take more than two business weeks to be processed.  If you have any questions about visa to Myanmar, please contact G3’s Washington or New York offices for assistance. A list of requirements four tourist and business travelers can be found on the forms page of the G3 website.

Touring Myanmar

Interest in the south east Asian jewel is growing as Myanmar transitions into the world economy and as relations with the United States continue to improve on social and economic levels. Many people are adding Myanmar as a destination in conjunction with trips to already popular destinations like  Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

Tourist infrastructure continues to develop as the government invests in its tourism industry. New hotels are being built, road infrastructure is improving and there is now competition with tour bus operators. A good source for information on hotels in Myanmar as well as general tourist information and travel tips is located at the guide for Myanmar.

Established Tour Companies in the US

Using an established reputable tour company is recommended mode of travel for tourist trips to developing nations like Myanmar. The organized nature of this type of travel is appealing to those who don’t want the worries of individual travel.   These tour companies have already established relationships with Myanmar tour guides and hotels and can provide tourists with an outstanding itinerary of select destinations and attractions.  G3 Visas and Passports recommends the following companies for travelers wanting  to explore Myanmar.

Odysseys Unlimited  A leader in small group travel, Odysseys Unlimited is an experienced operator with a sterling reputation for service and outstanding tours. They have created custom tours for some of America’s most prestigious institutions. Here is a listing of their current tours to Myanmar.

Asia Transpacific Journeys (ATJ) Since 1987 ATJ has been organizing small group and custom tours to Asia. They specialize in cultural travel to Asia. Here is a listing of ATJ’s tours to Myanmar.

Passports

There are a few items regarding US passports that international travelers should be aware of. The first is that your passport is not valid for travel six months prior to the printed expiry date, and adequate visa pages are need in order to obtain a visa to Myanmar. G3 can obtain passport renewals have additional  visa pages placed in your passport. Visit the passport services page or contact passports@g3visas.com for more information.

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Brazil Visa Processing Normalized 15 November 12

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Brazil Visa Processing Normalized

Two weeks after the first announcement that Brazilian consulates were having technical difficulties, visa processing has resumed at all consulates.  The Chicago Consulate was the last to resume processing, but they have begun to accept visa applications again as of today.

At all consulates except for Miami, the visa processing times have reverted to their typical speed.  The Miami Consulate is still maintaining the lengthy processing time of 45 business days that was instituted shortly before the other consulates announced the technical problems.  At this time, the Miami Consulate has not given any indication that they will be speeding up processing times in the near future.

Even at normal processing speeds, acquiring a Brazilian visa can take a significant amount of time. (Please see below for a chart of current processing times.)  G3 recommends that travelers plan ahead and apply for their visas well in advance of their trip.  Brazil visas are valid for 10 years, and may be used for the first time at any time during that 10 year period.  For travelers with urgent departures, Emergency Processing is available through G3; email Brazil@g3visas.com for more information.

Consulate Jurisdiction Processing Time
Atlanta AL,GA, SC,MS, TN 15 business days
Boston ME, MA, NH, VT 12 business days
Chicago IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI 13 business days
DC DC, KY, OH, MD, NC, VA, WV 12 business days
Hartford CT, RI 15 business days
Houston AR, CO, KS, LA, NM, OK, TX 7 business days
LA AZ, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY, Southern CA 22 business days
Miami FL, PR, USVI 45 business days
NYC DE, NJ, NY, PA, Bermuda 6 business days
San Francisco AK, OR, WA, Central and Northern CA 17+ business days

Applicants for visas to Brazil can register their requests directly through the G3 website on our Brazil page.

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Passport Cards: A Good Idea to Have One 14 November 12

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Passport Cards

Passport Cards are a relatively new form of federal id. They are a citizenship document, which allows limited international travel across land and sea borders as well being a valid form of  Real ID. The State Department started issuing these cards in response to the provisions of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) and the Real ID Act, back in July of 2008.

Citizenship Document

Like a passport, the passport card establishes the holder’s US citizenship. Being a federally issued form of identification, it can be used for any domestic purpose that requires verification of US citizenship, such as opening a bank account or entering a federal building that requires an id. The Patriot Act stipulates many more instances that  require a verification of an individual’s citizenship. Having a passport card is a way to satisfy that requirement when required to do so.

Limited Travel Privileges

Traditionally a passport was the international standard for verification of citizenship at a border crossing or when clearing immigration at a sea or an international air port. Since the inception of the passport card, the BCIS officials will recognize the passport card for certain types of US border crossings. Prior to implementation of the (WHTI) US travelers had been allowed to reenter the US with various forms of id that would satisfy the border the officials at that time. These documents ranged from  US birth-certificates, driver’s licenses or an expired passport. Traveler’s coming back into the US from certain border crossings, have indicated that prior to the Patriot Act, and the implementation of the WHTI, entrance back into the US could be granted simply by speaking in non accented American English and convincing the border official that you were a US citizen. Those days of “casually” crossing the US border with out a citizenship document are now part of history.

The passport card does not have all the privileges of the standard passport book Passport cards are only valid for re-entry into the United States at land border-crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Travelers entering back into the US by plane or from any other international destination are required to have a passport. Regardless of whether or not you gained entry into a foreign country with out a passport, entry back to the US by plane is granted only by demonstrating a passport to the immigration official. Because of the limited privileges of the passport card, only travelers who are cruising the Caribbean or conducting non air travel between the bordering countries of Mexico and Canada should use a passport card as their primary method for re-entry into the US. All other travelers need the standard passport book.

Real ID

The Real ID Act, which was passed in 2005, is legislation that established the criteria for identification that is acceptable for “federal purposes”.  This includes visiting sensitive sites or entering a federal building that requires an id to gain entry. Also listed as a federal purpose is boarding a domestic flight. Travelers will be required to present a form of Real ID in order to fly inside the US. More information regarding what constitutes a Real ID is available on our recent article “Everything You Need to Know about Real ID“.

A passport card is a form of Real ID. Domestic air travelers with a valid passport card will be able to pass through TSA’s Real ID checkpoint. This applies to minors as well.

Passport Card Attributes

Aside from meeting the criteria for a Real ID, a US passport card is also an enhanced ID. This form of identification  also meets the standards outlined in the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.  The US Customs and Border Protection, the folks checking your id when you come back into the USA, have a list of certified WHTI IDs.

  • Limited Use – As mentioned earlier, passport cards are only good for travel across certain land and sea borders. They are a valid Real ID and will allow the bearer to board a domestic flight.
  • Validity – Passport cards, like passports are valid for ten years for adults and five years for Minors under 16.
  • RFID Chip – Passport cards, like passports have a radio chip in them that enables it to be read by a vicinity radio scanner. Passport details are stored in the chip.
  • Biometric Information – Passport cards contain a compressed image of the bearer’s  face, other items like fingerprints and retinal scans are not included in the card.

The State Department has a passport card FAQ a document on the differences between a passport book and a passport card

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a list of Ready Lanes that are in place at US border stations that allow special privileges for travelers with RFID chips in their travel documents.

How to Apply

Getting a passport card is a relatively quick and easy process. Basically, applicants for the new cards must,

  • prove your US citizenship (original birth certificate, naturalization document or existing passport),
  • complete the form,
  • submit a color, frontal portrait photograph with a plain background

Printable passport card instructions are available from the G3 Passport Section.

Traveling with Minors

The value of a passport card might not be in it’s ability to get one across the US but rather as a form of ID for traveling domestically inside the US. Beginning in 2013, TSA officials are going to be demanding that all travelers present some form of acceptable Real ID from passengers. Due to opposition to the law, some states driver’s licenses will not be an acceptable form of Real ID. Many states  have passed legislation that bars them from making their driver’s licenses compliant with the criteria established by the DHS. The fact that most minors are not old enough to have a state issued id such as a driver’s license makes the passport card a doubly attractive form of id if they come from a state that is not Real Id compliant.

A passport card is an excellent option to traveling with a full passport book. Being compact and the size of a credit card, passport card fit inside a wallet and are considerably less bulky than a standard passport book. Costing less than a passport book, passport cards are an excellent form of identification for minors, a group that is usually with out any type of official identification until they are driving a car.

Convenience and a Back Up Plan

Passport cards are easy to obtain, cost less than a passport and are compact. They can also act as a back up form of citizenship identification. Carrying a passport card while traveling over seas in addition to your regular passport book, allows bearers to be able to verify their citizenship easily if they loose their passport. Travelers who loose their passports while traveling have to go to a US Embassy or consulate and get their lost passport replaced before they can be allowed to travel back to the US. Having a passport card will assist in getting the lost passport reissued quickly as it verifies the individual’s identity and right as a US citizen to a passport. The citizenship verification process can cause delays for citizens who have lost their passport while traveling overseas and have difficulty proving their identity.

If you have any questions regarding getting a passport card, passports or replacing lost passports, our expert staff is glad to lend assistance. Inquires can be directed to passports@g3visas.comImage

Embassy Closures Week of 12 November 2012 13 November 12

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A Federal holiday on Monday will see most embassies honoring US Veterans Day which is also Armistice Day for those in Western Europe. The State Department’s Passport Offices are all closed Monday as well. The Hindu Festival of Diwali will  see closures at the Indian Embassy and it’s  Consulates General but their outsourcing operations are still open. This week also has Islamic New Year which will cause delays and closures at various consulates and embassies.

The full list of weekly closures by day

12  November, Monday   Veteran’s Day/ Armistice Day
US Passport Offices
Brazil
Cambodia
Vietnam
China (DC, NY, SF only)
India
Laos
Russia(outsourcing closed, consulates open)
Angola closed for Independence Day
Azerbaijan closed for Constitution Day, (outsourcing open)

13 November, Tuesday
India closed for Diwali (outsourcing open)

14 November, Wednesday
Nepal closed for Sambat New Year

15 November, Thursday   Islamic New Year –
Algeria
Bahrain
Djibouti
Egypt
Indonesia
Iraq
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Malaysia
Morocco
Oman
Syria
UAE
Yemen
(expect other consulates to close that have not reported their holiday schedule)
Belgium closed for Dynasty Day
Cote d’Ivoire closed for National Peace Day

Remember when consular office are closed there are no visa processed
or new applications accepted on that day. When an embassy or
consulate is closed, that day does count as a processing day and
applications currently in for process will have the visa processing
extended to include the non processing closure day. Please account
for extra time if you are applying for a visa to a country whose office closed because of holiday.
If you have any questions on how long your visa request will take
for a particular country please feel free to contact our
professional staff for more information.

Brazil Visa Processing Update 7 November 12

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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