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VENEZUELA – Increased Processing Times for Immigration Procedures

Effective immediately, processing times for immigration procedures at the Venezuelan Administrative Service for Identification, Migration and Foreigners Control (SAIME) have increased.

Processing times cannot currently be anticipated or guaranteed, due to a recent change of internal systems, and the need to retrain SAIME staff in the new procedures.

Which processes are affected?

The delays affect the following processes:

  • Visa renewal stamping;
  • Applying for ID card (cédula) approval for a first-time applicant;
  • ID card printing (new and renewal);
  • Issuance of re-entry permits.

Action Items

  • Companies and their foreign national employees who may be affected by the processing delays are encouraged to contact their immigration specialist for specific advice.

This alert was prepared using information provided by GoLocal Relocation.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2021 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.