Posted 21 July 2009 - 01:42 PM
I mentioned on another post that going through the Brazilian embassy in Washington DC was very difficult 2 and 3 years ago when I had to get visas. For a soccer tour, they required letters of invitation from Brazil. This was organized by Brazilians in the US so they had to have the people they were working with in Brazil come up with invitation letters. These were faxed up, but the embassy said faxed signatures weren't good enough (I can't remember how they got this approved, perhaps a PDF signature). They also required documentation from the travel agency in Brazil that was organizing hotels and travel. Also contact phone numbers.
It wasn't just this group either--most people were getting rejected for some reason or other. A city delegation from Annapolis had to cancel their trip. Brazilians also were getting rejected a lot for whatever they were applying for. A Brazilian woman next to me rolled her eyes and said as if to explain: "3rd-world bureaucracy".
I would urge the IPS to figure out how to comply with the letter of the law on this one, and find out how to create "a letter of invitation from the organization in Brazil which is hosting the event" that will satisfy a nitpicking embassy bureaucrat. Better to start on it right now, than wait for an emergency from some people who ran into a tough bureaucrat and couldn't get a visa.
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