Correios on Strike
10 September, 2019
Due to the Correios (Brazilian Postal Service) strike in some areas of Brazil, home delivery service may be delayed. Please consider the option "Pick up at an Applicant Service Center (ASC) location" as it is the fastest way to receive your passport back.
The U.S. Consulate General in Porto Alegre will resume normal consular operations
16 August, 2019
The U.S. Consulate General in Porto Alegre will resume normal consular operations on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Applicants whose interviews in Porto Alegre were cancelled should reschedule their appointments accessing the scheduling system available at https://usvisa-info.com.
Fee adjustment on June 24, 2019 for international students, certain exchange visitors, and Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) schools
18 June, 2019
On May 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule to adjust the fees charged to international students, certain exchange visitors, and Student and Exchange Visitor Program-certified (SEVP) schools. At 12 a.m. EDT on June 24, 2019, all students will be required to pay the new and increased fees. For additional information, please visit https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov
Extension of Validity for Venezuelan Passports
12 June, 2019
Important Information on Use of Umbrellas at Consulate in Rio de Janeiro
12 June, 2019
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: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/presidential-proclamation-archive/2017-12-04-Presidential-Proclamation.html.
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 www.EVUS.gov. 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 www.cbp.gov/EVUS.