Venezuela – Delays Expected to Immigration Procedures Due to Energy Shortages

What has changed

Government offices were forced to cease operations for more than fifteen (15) business days during March 2019, due to nationwide power outages, leading to delays in all immigration processes.

Venezuela suffered a nationwide power failure on March 7, 2019. Power was partially restored in some areas by March 13, 2019. A second blackout, lasting a week, began on March 25, 2019.

Who is affected

Clients who have hired or intend to employ foreign nationals in Venezuela.

What to expect

Additional delays are expected due to electricity rationing starting on April 6, 2019 and lasting thirty (30) days, during which period government offices will operate for six (6) instead of eight (8) hours a day.

What you need to do

Employers and their foreign national employees who may affected by the delays are advised to avoid initiating new immigration procedures until government offices return to normal operations, and to expect significant delays in pending applications.

This alert was prepared with information provided by Newland Chase.