Brasilia, August 23, 2022: From August 15 to 18, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Rena Bitter visited Brazil. In Brasilia, she led the participation of a U.S. delegation for the bilateral Consular Dialogue with counterparts from the Brazilian government. During the Dialogue, Assistant Secretary Bitter addressed issues such as international parental child abduction and facilitating legitimate travel, including visa issues.
The Assistant Secretary also participated in meetings with the Minister of the Superior Court of Justice, Maria Thereza Rocha de Assis Moura, Ambassadors Leonardo Luís Gorgulho Nogueira Fernandes and Francisco Carlos Ramalho de Carvalho Chagas at the Ministry of External Relations, as well as federal judges and ministers who work with cases involving International Parental Child Abductions and Consular and Judicial Cooperation.
In Brasilia, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, she met with U.S. diplomatic and consular officials and observed new measures put in place in consular service operations at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates. As a result of streamlining and efforts to meet increased visa demand, U.S. consular sections across Brazil are on track to issue visas at significantly increased rates when compared to pre-pandemic issuance.
Commenting on the visit, Chargé d’Affaires Douglas Koneff noted “it is a testimony to the commitment of our consular teams how quickly they have been able to adapt to changing conditions and serve Brazilians who are seeking legitimate travel to the United States. This visit has reinforced our longstanding view of the important strategic partnership our countries have had for nearly two centuries.”