March 06, 2013

The Brazilian Consulate in San Francisco has issued an internal request to all qualified third-party visa filing agents to withhold filing any new visa applications during the next two to three weeks. The Consulate has advised that it has very limited supplies of visa vignettes (seals) and will only accept visa applications filed in person in order to preserve remaining supplies. No other consular services are affected at this time. This temporary moratorium only affects the Brazilian Consulate in San Francisco.

What’s Changed?

Thus far, only the Brazilian Consulate in San Francisco has placed a brief two to three-week moratorium on the volume of visa applications it will accept from third-party agents. For those applicants residing in this consular jurisdiction (http://saofrancisco.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/jurisdiction.xml), the Consulate has advised that visa applicants can schedule a personal appointment via its online appointment system (http://saofrancisco.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/visa_appointments.xml). However, please be advised that that appointments are granted on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

All other consular services, such as document legalization, continue to receive normal processing.

ACTION ITEMS FOR EMPLOYERS

Companies that have employees who must file urgent business visitor or work visa applications are advised to either apply online for an appointment or work with their global immigration supplier and/or visa filing agent to determine if a personal appointment can be made during the next two to three weeks.

While the moratorium for the convenience of filing with a qualified visa filing agent is only expected to last during most of March, always please be sure to check with your global immigration supplier/visa filing agent to confirm ability to file in lieu of an employee.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader

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