As of March 23, 2014, the US Consulate in Caracas, Venezuela announced that it is temporarily unable to schedule appointment for first-time B-1/B-2 visitor visas applicants. The consulate stated that because it is short of staff, it will only offer appointments for B-1/B-2 visas on an emergency basis.

Those people who already have an appointment are encouraged to appear at the appointed date and time as the appointment is not likely to be rescheduled.

The consulate indicates that applicants may apply for B-1/B-2 visas at other US embassies or consulates in other countries, but still will have to prove sufficient ties outside the United States regardless of the place where applying for the visa.

In 2013, the Consular Section at the Caracas consulate processed approximately 255,000 applications for nonimmigrant visas and 2,300 applications for immigrant visas.

The consulate indicates that the staffing problem is because of the expulsion of several consular officials and the Venezuelan government's delay in issuing visas for incoming officers.

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