Friday, October 26, 2012

Brazil: Number of US Visas to US Rise by 16% in 2012

The number of US visas issued to Brazilians came to 800,000 from January to September 2012, an increase of 16% over the same period last year, according to the Consular Section at the US Embassy in Brasília.
COMMENT: As a result of the dramatic rise in visas to the US, diplomats from both countries will meet in meet in Washington on Monday (October 29) to discuss the possibility of the end of mandatory visa for entry into the United States by Brazilians.

The possibility of eliminating visas was reinforced after the visit of President Dilma Rousseff to Washington in April. Currently, Canadian citizens and some Western European countries, including France, may enter the US without visa issuance. 

This year, the United States determined changes in procedures for Brazilians applying for visas to travel, in order to reduce the time for obtaining  travel documents.