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New Regulations Regarding Non-Immigrant Visa Applications

Brasília, June 24, 2003 — The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Recife will modify several procedures for processing non-immigrant visa applications. As of July 15, all applicants for a U.S. non-immigrant visa will have to come to the Embassy or Consulate in their district for an interview, unless they fit into one or more of the criteria listed below.

  1. Children 16 years of age or under;
  2. Persons 60 years of age or older;
  3. Official government employees, members of international organizations and NATO representatives, traveling on official mission;
  4. Applicants for a diplomatic or official visa;
  5. Applicants who within twelve months of the expiration of the applicant's previously issued visa is seeking re-issuance of a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification at the consular post of the alien's usual residence, and for whom the consular officer has no indication of visa ineligibility or noncompliance with U.S. immigration laws and regulations; Applicants who have a B2 visa and are applying for a B1 visa are also qualified.

In all other cases applicants will have to schedule and appear personally for an interview. According to the new procedures, spouses will no longer be able to come for an interview in place of their partner or child over 16. All visa requests must be made at the Embassy or Consulate which serves the applicant’s town of residence.

More information about the procedures for visa applications and scheduling interviews can be obtained through the site www.visto-eua.com.br, or by calling 0300-313-0800. Information is also available at the Embassy web site www.embaixadaamericana.org.br, under the “Visas” option.