As of January 28, 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced to the public that from now on all visa procedures must be completed online. Foreign Nationals can only approach the Ministry when they are summoned by the authority or when they have received the approval of their visa and need to stamp the visa sticker on the passport.
This change will have an impact on the processing times of all visas, Visitor (V), Migrant (M) and Resident (R), taking into considaration that in the past a visa that could be obtained in person in a couple of hours. As of now, it will be necessary to have the approval of the study of the application online, which takes an approximate time of five (5) business days. In cases where the urgency of a visa or permit is evident, it will be evaluated in a timely manner by our team to review the alternatives in the specific case.