• As Public Worker Strike Continues, Visa Processing and Document Legalization Remain Suspended
  • July 7, 2012
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) workers are still on strike, and visa processing and document legalization procedures remain suspended, both in Brazil and at many consular posts worldwide. The President of Brazil is scheduled to meet with union officials this Friday, June 29, in the hopes of reaching a resolution that could have the MFA resuming visa and legalization services early next week. The strike will continue until an agreement is reached.

    In Brazil, the striking MFA workers have suspended all local document legalization procedures. They have also stopped forwarding visa pre-approvals to consular posts for issuance to individual applicants.

    Overseas, it is within each consular post’s discretion whether to participate in the strike. Union officials have reported that six MFA offices in Brazil and 125 consular posts abroad are currently observing the strike and are not accepting or adjudicating visa applications, or are operating at limited capacity. Some consular posts in the United States have resumed visa processing and are accepting documents for legalization.

    Immigration processing will likely remain largely suspended until the strike ends. After the strike is resolved, lengthy processing delays are expected for employers and their foreign workers because the government will face a backlogs of applications suspended during the strike.