Extension of Validity for Venezuelan Passports

12 June, 2019

As of June 7, 2019 the Department of State recognizes that previously issued Venezuelan passports and “prorrogas” have been extended by decree of interim Venezuelan President Guaido for an additional five years past their printed date of expiration. Passports rendered valid by this decree will be accepted for visa and other consular services.

Important Information on Use of Umbrellas at Consulate in Rio de Janeiro

12 June, 2019

For Consulate General Rio de Janeiro ONLY. Until further notice, on days when it is raining, applicants will be able to bring a small, compact, collapsible umbrella with no sharp points into the Consular waiting rooms. Large umbrellas will not be permitted.

Supreme Court Order on Presidential Proclamation on Visas (December 4, 2017)

11 December, 2017

On December 4, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the Government’s motions for emergency stays of preliminary injunctions issued by the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Hawaii and Maryland, which prohibited the enforcement of certain sections of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (P.P). Nationals of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Venezuela are subject to the restrictions and limitations. More information is available at this link:

Consulate Porto Alegre Biometric Collection

1 November, 2017

Beginning Friday, December 1, 2017, the U.S. Consulate in Porto Alegre will collect biometrics (fingerprints and photos) at the time of the visa interview. We will no longer require applicants to attend a separate biometric appointment at the applicant service center (ASC) prior to their visa interview appointments at the Consulate.

Thursday, November 30 will be the last day for biometric appointments at the ASC on Avenida Carlos Gomes for applicants requiring visa interviews. Those who qualify for the interview waiver program may still drop off their passports, photos, and other supporting documents at the ASC as is current practice.

We expect these changes will make the visa application process convenient for applicants, and demonstrate our commitment to improved customer service.