What is the change? The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ online apostille and document legalization system is no longer working consistently.

What does the change mean? The online system is available only intermittently, meaning apostille and legalization services are delayed and may be unavailableImmigration processes in other countries that require apostilled or legalized Venezuelan documents may be delayed due to the system’s limited availability.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Immigration services affected: Apostille and legalization services; police clearance certificates apostilles.
  • Who is affected: Individuals requiring the services listed above.

Background: Apostille services are no longer guaranteed and, if available, may be delayed. Applicants should plan for longer wait times for the services mentioned above.

In response, many countries in the region, such as ArgentinaColombia and Costa Rica, have eased visa and residence permit application rules for Venezuelan nationals to account for the difficulties many are facing obtaining apostille services in Venezuela.

Analysis & Comments: Employers should take the suspension into account when planning business schedules. While many countries have eased visa and permit application requirements for Venezuelan documents, many documents still require apostille services, and the ongoing suspension of these services in Venezuela may lead to processing delays. Employers should consult with their immigration advisor to determine the best plan of action.

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