IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Venezuela has developed a process that allows passport holders to extend their passport validity by two years.

What does the change mean? Venezuelan nationals living in or outside of the country may apply for two-year passport extensions if they hold a recently expired passport or one that will expire in the next six months. They may apply for the extension by logging onto the Service of Identification, Migration and Foreign People website, and completing an application. Once applications are approved, applicants will be directed to bring their passport to the appropriate government office, where the extensions will be finalized.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing. The process was implemented Nov. 1.
  • Visas/permits affected: Passports.
  • Who is affected: Venezuelan nationals seeking to extend the validity of their passports.
  • Impact on processing times: The procedure for obtaining a two-year passport extension is expected to be significantly quicker than that of obtaining a new passport.

Background: The passport extension process was developed after Venezuela experienced a shortage of material, which hindered its ability to issue new passports. Those applying for extensions must have a passport that is in good condition with at least four blank pages. The process does not require a new photograph or changing biographic details and is not available to children under the age of 18. After two years, applicants may apply for a second extension, provided they still have at least four blank pages in their passport. The service is only available to those holding biometric passports.