Virginia, US

Jul 06 2018

Delays in Pending and New In-Country Immigration Processes Ahead


The situation

Effective July 2, 2018, the Director and all personnel at Venezuela’s national immigration office, SAIME, were replaced.


The new personnel must re-review all pending residence visa and work permit applications, including renewal applications, which will delay pending applications by at least one month.

Foreign nationals who submitted residence visa and work permit applications in Venezuela on or after July 2 should also expect delays due to an application backlog.

Since business and visit visa applications are filed in Venezuelan consulates abroad, these are not affected by the delay.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to