Presidential Proclamation 9645 and Presidential Proclamation 9983

21 February, 2020

On January 31, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation (“Presidential Proclamation 9983”) was issued which added to the ongoing travel restrictions of P.P. 9645 by expanding them to the nationals of six additional countries. The restrictions only apply to immigrant visas and/or diversity visas, not nonimmigrant visas. More information is available at this link.

Presidential Proclamation on Novel Coronavirus

20 February, 2020

On Friday, January 31 President Trump signed a proclamation barring entry to the United States of most foreign nationals who traveled to China within the 14 days immediately prior to arrival in the United States. The proclamation is in effect as of Sunday, February 2. This action follows the declaration of a public health emergency in the United States related to the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China.

The proclamation does not apply to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. Foreign diplomats traveling to the United States on A or G visas are excepted from this proclamation. Other exceptions include certain family members of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, including spouses, children (under the age of 21), parents (provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21), and siblings (provided that both the sibling and the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident are unmarried and under the age of 21). There is also an exception for crew traveling to the United States on C, D or C1/D visas.

The full text of the presidential proclamation is available on the White House website at:

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus

6 February, 2020

Any individuals with pending consular appointments who (1) were physically present within the People’s Republic of China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within the last 14 days, (2) are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or (3) believe they have may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, are strongly encouraged to postpone their appointments by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid.

To postpone your appointment, please sign in to your user account, select the “Continue” option, and follow the system instructions under the “ reschedule appointment” action. If you require further assistance please refer to our "Help" section at the bottom of the page.

New restrictions on travel to the United States for non-U.S. citizens

3 February, 2020

Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation. If you reside in China, have traveled to China recently, or intend to travel to China prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from China.

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.

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.