• Strike to Cause Processing and Appointment Delays
  • May 18, 2015
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Brazilian embassies in the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific (including Australia and New Zealand) and Europe are operating with a reduced staff due to a strike that started today. It is unclear how long the strike will last. In the United States, the Washington D.C. embassy is the only one that has posted an announcement regarding reduced staff, however others are likely affected.

    While embassies and consulates will remain open, the spots available on the electronic scheduling system are expected to be reduced by 30% and the processing times for pending documents and applications are expected to double.

    Those on strike include diplomats who are demanding better salaries, payment of past-due housing allowances, and official passports for all ministry personnel posted abroad.

    What This Means for Foreign Nationals

    Affected foreign nationals should check the official website of their Brazilian consular post to determine whether it is affected by the strike. If nothing is mentioned on the website, foreign nationals should call the consular post to determine whether it is affected.

    Affected foreign nationals should account for processing delays and appointment postponements during and after the strike, and should contact their immigration professional to determine the effect of the delays.