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U.S. Mission to Brazil Organizes “Visa Surge”

Brasília, June 16, 2011

Super Saturday visa program to meet growing demand
for travel to the United States

 
The U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, along with the U.S. consulates in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Recife, will open on Saturday, June 18, to accommodate Brazilian travelers seeking visas to visit the United States. U.S. consulates in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo will also open on July 23.  All appointment openings for visa interviews were rapidly filled.

 “The U.S. Mission in Brazil is working overtime to help Brazilians travel to the United States”, said U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas Shannon. “U.S. diplomats and staff from throughout our Mission are dedicated to this endeavor.  We hope that this effort will help Brazilians meet their travel plans, whether for business, studies, or tourism”.

Trade, commerce, education, and tourism between Brazil and the United States have grown dramatically over the past several years.  This has fueled a 230 percent increase in non-immigrant visa (NIV) demand in Brazil since 2006.  In 2010 alone, the U.S. Consulate General in Sao Paulo issued more than 319,000 NIV’s – more than any other post worldwide.  This demand is expected to continue and even increase by up to 30 percent over last year.

About 95 percent of all Brazilian visa applicants receive visas, and most visas issued are the new combined B1/B2 for business and tourist travel with ten-year validity.
 
More information on applying for visas in Brazil and the Super Saturday Visa program can be found on http://brazil.usembassy.gov/ or in Portuguese on http://portuguese.brazil.usembassy.gov/

For further information on the Super Saturday Visa program in Rio de Janeiro, please contact Laura Gelbert at the Press Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro through the telephone (21) 3823-2119 or e-mail gelbertld@state.gov.