This Sunday at 6pm Brasilia time (5pm Caracas time), the ambassador Maria Teresa Belandria, made a one hour live cast through the Instagram account of the Venezuelan embassy in Brazil to explain to those interested the operation of the website and clarify doubts about the procedures that can be made through the platform. Numerous queries about the website were received through the embassy’s social network accounts, especially regarding these procedures. During the live cast, Ambassador Belandria clarified that “for the moment, on the website it is possible to perform the Consular Registration that allows, in a fast, safe and free way, to upload personal data to the platform and thus obtain a document that certifies that the person is residing in Brazil and is registered at the embassy. The page also contains information about the embassy’s team, as well as news about its operations in Brazil.
The ambassador not only answered questions about the website. Many Venezuelans expressed their concern about the opening of the land border between Brazil and Venezuela, which remains closed since last March. The Ambassador took the opportunity to clarify that “Brazil has just issued a new decree that extends for 30 more days the closing of the border, which means that at least until November 2nd it will not be possible to enter this country from Venezuela”.
The launch of the website, which occurred last week, is an important step in the attention of Venezuelans in this country. The seven Venezuelan consulates in Brazilian territory remain occupied by officials of Nicolás Maduro’s regime who are no longer recognized by the Brazilian government, causing confusion among migrants in this country. In addition to charging US$50 for any service, the documents issued by these officials are invalid because they are not accepted by Brazilian authorities. That is why in 2020 Ambassador Belandria began certifying certain documents, such as Venezuelan birth certificates and licenses, free of charge. Thanks to the new website, in a few more weeks these certifications can be done automatically after the interested party uploads their documents to the platform. Responding to the concern of the participants regarding the possibility of issuing some type of identification different from the Consular Registry, the Ambassador clarified that for the time being the Embassy in Brazil cannot issue passports or extensions since the SAIME remains in the hands of the regime and that the identity card is a document that can only be renewed or issued in Venezuela.