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.

Immediate changes to the Interview Waiver Program

15 February, 2017

Per U.S. Presidential Executive Order 13769 signed on January 27, 2017, there are immediate changes to the Interview Waiver Program.

  • Any first-time Brazilian or Argentine applicants aged 14 or 15 or between ages 66 and 79 are now required to appear in person for an interview with a consular officer at the Embassy or Consulate.
  • Any applicant whose B1, B2, B1/B2, C1/D, F, or M visa expired more than 12 months prior to the date of application are also required to appear in person.
  • Applicants under age 14 or over age 79 or whose B1, B2, B1/B2, C1/D, F, M visa is still valid or expired within the last 12 months may still qualify for a waiver of interview.

Attention: Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas in People's’ Republic of China passports

28 November, 2016

As of November 29, 2016, Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas in Peoples’ Republic of China passports are required to update their biographical and other information from their visa application through the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) before travelling to the United States. This update must be done every two years, or upon getting a new passport or B1, B2, or B1/B2 visa, whichever occurs first.

EVUS enrollment is available at There is currently no fee for EVUS enrollment. Until a fee is implemented, travelers can enroll in EVUS without charge. The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will keep visa holders informed of new information at


EVUS登记网站为。目前EVUS登记不收费。在实施收费规定之前,旅客可免费进行登记。美国国土安全部海关和边境保护局(CBP)将通过网站 向签证持有人公布最新信息。