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U.S. partially suspends visa appointments in Caracas

U.S. partially suspends visa appointments in Caracas

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on March 24, 2014

This Sunday, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas announced through a statement the temporary suspension of appointments for tourist visas due to the recent expulsion of US diplomats.

The embassy explained that the Consular Section does not have enough staff to meet demand, which led to the partial suspension of the service. Therefore, the change applies to all first-time applicants seeking tourist visas (B1/B2).

The full statement:

Notification
March 23, 2014

We regret that as a result of the expulsion of several consular officials and Venezuelan government delays in issuing visas for incoming officers, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas does not have sufficient consular staff at present to continue to schedule appointments for first-time tourist (B-1/B-2) visa applicants. Until further notice, we are able to offer such appointments only in emergency situations. 

If you already have an appointment, please appear at the appointed date and time, because it is unlikely under current staffing conditions that we will be able to re-schedule your interview in a timely manner. 

Applicants may apply for first-time tourist (B-1/B-2) visas at other U.S. embassies or consulates abroad, but still must prove ties outside the United States when applying, regardless of the place of application. Once our consular staffing is allowed to return to normal levels, we anticipate being able to schedule appointments for first-time B-1/B-2 visa applicants. 

Please note that there are still timely appointments available for renewals of B-1/B-2 visas (so long as the visa has not been expired for more than a year) and for all other classes of visas at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas. 

We sincerely regret the inconvenience and hope to return to our customary level of service in the future.

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