Visa issuance suspended: US government orders American Embassies and Consulates to close in Brazil

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On March 17, 2020, in face of the global crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the American government ordered the temporary closure of the U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Brazil. Such measure resulted in the suspension of face-to-face assistance, as well as the cancellation of all immigrant and non-immigrant visa interviews, with no specific date to return to regular activities.

The exceptions will only be made for emergency cases that requires visas, such as the following cases:

  1. Immediate death of a relative, serious illness or life-threatening accident occurring in the United States.
  2. Urgent medical treatment for the applicant or for their minor child.
  3. An applicant for a student or exchange visa (F/M/J) whose I-20 or DS-2019 has an initial date that is set to occur before the first available visa interview.
  4. An unexpected need to travel to the United States for urgent business purposes taking place within 10 days of the first available visa interview.
  5. An unexpected visit that is of significant cultural, political, journalistic, sporting or economic importance and is taking place within 10 days after the first available visa interview.

The request must be substantiated and presented at the time of scheduling the interview. It is important to note that Consulates have a wide discretion to accept or deny emergency requests, which will be evaluated by the Consular Section.

What happens to the non-emergency visa process that was already underway?

For cases of cancellation of a consular interview, there is no loss in relation to the fee paid for your appointment. The consular fee is valid for a period of one year from the date of payment and can be used to reschedule the canceled interview.