Announcements

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

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: 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.

自2016年11月29日起,所有持中华人民共和国护照和10年期B1、B2或B1/B2签证的中国公民赴美前,必须通过签证更新电子系统(EVUS)更新与签证申请有关的个人信息和其它信息。此更新须每两年进行一次,或者在获得新护照或新的B1、B2或B1/B2签证时进行更新,以先到期者为准。

EVUS登记网站为 www.EVUS.gov。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 www.cbp.gov/EVUS 向签证持有人公布最新信息。