Brazil: Visa Processing and Document Legalization to be Delayed Due to Public Worker Strike

A strike by Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs workers will result in delayed visa processing and document legalization procedures, both in Brazil and at many consular posts worldwide. It is not yet known when the strike will end.

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Aug 25, 2016
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A strike by Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) workers will result in delayed visa processing and document legalization procedures, both in Brazil and at many consulates worldwide.

In Brazil, local document legalization procedures and the transmission of visa pre-approvals to consular posts will be subject to delays, due to reduced personnel.

The MFA Union's website lists the following consulates as participating in the strike:

  • Atlanta, Chicago, Hartford, San Francisco, United States;
  • Berne and Geneva, Switzerland;
  • Berlin, Germany
  • London, England;
  • Santiago, Chile;
  • Shanghai, China;
  • Quito, Ecuador.

Overseas, it is within each individual consular post's discretion whether to participate in the strike. Additional posts could join in the strike at any time.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Immigration processing will likely remain fluid until the strike ends.At this time, there is no indication how long the strike will last. It could expand to workers at other government agencies, though there have been no confirmed reports that this has occurred yet.

Foreign nationals and their employers should be prepared to postpone business travel and/or assignment start dates if needed.Foreign nationals applying for visas or legalizing documents are advised to confirm processing availability with the corresponding consulate.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to brazil@fragomen.com

Fragomen in Brazil is Fragomen Brasil Serviços de Imigração Ltda., operating exclusively as an immigration consultancy and not as a law firm in Brazil.

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