What is the change? Document processing times have increased and cannot be anticipated or guaranteed as the result of changes in the Venezuelan Administrative Service of Identification, Migration and Foreigners (SAIME) technology system.

What does the change mean? Applicants will have to wait for SAIME to finish processing their application. No estimated or guaranteed processing times are available.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Visa renewal stamping, national ID or cédula (order for issuance for first time applicants, first time printing and renewal printing) and re-entry permits.
  • Who is affected: Applicants for the documents listed above.
  • Impact on processing: Processing times can no longer be anticipated or guaranteed. After submitting an application, applicants must wait until SAIME processes the application on their own time, which is extremely delayed.

Background: SAIME has been changing its processes following the implementation of a new technology system. Document processing delays have increased in recent months as officers have been receiving training in operation of the new system.

Analysis & Comments: Applicants and employers are encouraged to avoid canceling any procedure or application because of the delayed processing times. Processes are expected to return to normal when training in the new system is complete (estimated to be within the next two to three months).

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