June 26, 2022
There are long queues for visas to the United States even after the borders are reopened  Travel and Travel

There are long queues for visas to the United States even after the borders are reopened Travel and Travel

Even then Reopens borders From United States For foreigners, last Monday (8), many Brazilians had to postpone their expected trip to the country for a while on vacation or at work.

On Monday, US embassies in Brazil Re-visa issuance and renewal services For non-immigrants, but the waiting list is long and there are individuals who will only meet at the end of 2022.

Since May 2020, visas have only been issued for limited places, with priority given to those in emergency situations (other than student visas, such as family funerals or medical treatments).

“We recognize that the waiting period will be longer. We are working diligently to increase the availability of seats for all class visas,” the US Embassy’s press office said.

One of the Brazilians fighting for visa renewal is Vittor Michaels, an executive from Sao Paulo. He is planning work trips in April and October 2022. He was startled when he saw the queue on the embassy’s website late last month.

“After paying the application fee, the surprise came: the only available date is October 2022 and my visa expires in June. I called the embassy. [de SP] The assistant explained to me, fearing that because of the epidemic, they were not meeting 100% of the need, only for emergencies such as some health issues, ”Michaels said.

“He suggested logging in to the site every day. I did this for 5 consecutive days and was able to plan again for September 2022,” he adds.

Administrator Vittor Michaels is trying to renew his visa to the United States – Photo: Personal Archive

The U.S. Embassy Press Office recommends that visa applicants visit the website frequently: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/pt-br/niv, Additional vacancies may be opened without prior notice.

Waiting for a visa also affects those interested in traveling after more than a year and a half of restrictions.

Designer Cecilia Lopes Furtado and her husband had planned a trip to Disney in September this year, but had to postpone it for a year after their visas were subsequently changed.

Cecília Lopes Furtado and her husband had to postpone their trip to Disney for a year. – Photo: Personal Archive

“We were going to get our visa in March, but we got an email from the embassy that it had been rescheduled for July. July came, and it was rescheduled for February 2022,” Cecilia said.

“We paid for the entire trip, the ticket and the accommodation. We contacted the travel agency and postponed it to September next year. But we don’t know if the visa will be reconsidered. We don’t know about that,” it says.

Designer Gabriela Menes also had to shift her vacation to Disney and New York. But, unlike Cecília, the embassy itself changed her visa, and Gabriela often had to log on to the embassy’s website to update her visa. But it was not very successful.

Designer Gabriela Menes also had to shift her vacation to Disney and New York. – Photo: Personal Archive

“The first date was scheduled for February this year. I made about 4 changes in March, May and July. But when it came to July, they had no date and changed it to April 2022.” Let’s climb.

US Government Covit-19 accepts entry of international visitors who have been vaccinated Accredited by the WHO (World Health Organization) or the FDA (US Regulatory Commission equivalent to Anvisa in Brazil).

FDA approved to date:

  • Pfizer / Bioendech
  • Modern
  • Johnson (Johnson & Johnson)

Approved by WHO to date:

  • Pfizer / Bioendech
  • Modern
  • Oxford / AstraZeneca – Made by Fiocruz in Brazil
  • Johnson (Johnson & Johnson)
  • SinoPharm
  • Coronavac – Produced by the Button Institute in Brazil