Operação Tartaruga, or “Operation Turtle”
With the Brazilian labor union asking consulate staff to work under “Operation Turtle,” you can guess there will be delays in your Brazilian visa application processing.
Why? As of June 19, 2012, half the consulate workforce is on strike. While consulates remain open, the loss of manpower—and a command for remaining staff to work at a slower pace—the already lengthy visa application processing time just got more, well, “turtle-like”.
If you’re planning to travel on business, 6 weeks is a good amount of lead time to apply, and wait for your visa. If you’re a tourist, there is less supporting documentation required and 4 weeks is probably safe. The Brazilian consulate in Chicago notes that it has lengthened its wait time to 10 business days, not including the day the application was received. That’s a wait of at least 2 weeks. Further, you may need more time if you’re required to provide additional information after the application is submitted.
As the strike has been going on for over a month and counting, consulates expect to be backlogged. Use a qualified visa consulting agency like Passport Visas Express.com to efficiently and expediently navigate these complications. They’ll walk you through each step of the application process and recommend the appropriate amount of lead time to match your expected date of departure. They’ve had 15 years of experience, strikes and all.
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