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US CONSULATES IN MEXICO LARGELY SHUT DOWN VISA OPERATIONS UNTIL MAY 6TH

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Your Snoutbreak update (hat tip to Jon Stewart). From the State Department's swine flu memo:

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and all U.S. Consulates throughout
the country have suspended all non-essential services to the public
until May 6. Consular services for U.S. citizens will be limited to
emergency assistance and to citizenship applications (passports and
consular reports of birth abroad, or CRBA). Notarial and other routine
services will not be available; anyone with passport or CRBA
appointments is encouraged but not required to reschedule to a later
date. Additionally, Federal Benefits Units are requesting all persons
to postpone interviews on Social Security claims. The Embassy will
monitor this situation continuously during the week and advise before
May 6 if this suspension needs to be extended


The
Embassy's visa unit has suspended all nonimmigrant visa appointments
until May 6. The Embassy will reschedule all nonimmigrant visa
appointments which have been made between April 27 and May 5. The
Embassy's scheduling center will call or e-mail applicants to
reschedule appointments. Alternatively, applicants may re-schedule visa
appointments without being charged by calling 01-800-719-2525. If there
is an emergency visa issue please email visas_mexico@state.gov.


Additionally,
U.S. consulates in Mexico will suspend some nonimmigrant visa
operations until May 6, but may see a limited number of applicants.
More information will be provided on April 28, 2009 about nonimmigrant
visa operations at U.S. consulates. If visa operations need to be
suspended beyond May 6, we will inform the public as soon as possible.


A
separate notice about immigrant visa appointments at the U.S. Consulate
General in Ciudad Juarez will be issued on April 28, 2009.The Benjamin
Franklin Library will be closed to the public.


Finally,
operations at the U.S. consular agencies throughout Mexico may be
curtailed; several are closing to the public entirely for walk-in
services, seeing the public by appointment only. If in doubt, please
contact your nearest consular agency directly.

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  1. Geroge Chell's Avatar
    Not surprising! I am surprised the antis have not yet let out their tirade against Mexicans and Hispanics! They were pretty quick with their vitriol against Asians back in 2003 during the SARS outbreak!
  2. Bob Peters's Avatar
    Well that's unfortunate.. Thanks for the info.
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