Embassy of the United States
Public Affairs Office
U.S. EMBASSY CLOSES VISA UNIT
27 December 2002
Due to a reduction in staff, the
Embassy of the United States announces that effective Monday, January 20, the
nonimmigrant and immigrant visa units will be closed to routine visa
applications until further notice.
Beginning January 20, the
non-immigrant visa unit will only accept visa applications from high-level
Venezuelan officials and diplomats, third-country diplomats who are accredited
to Venezuela, the spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens who wish to depart
Venezuela temporarily, and documented emergency humanitarian and medical cases.
We will notify the public when
visa appointments beginning January 20 can be rescheduled. The Embassy of the
United States regrets this measure and hopes for a swift resolution of the
crisis affecting Venezuela.