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Gazette Premium Content US resumes visa issuance in Venezuela

Associated Press Updated: April 29, 2014 at 3:18 pm

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Venezuela says it will again issue tourist visas for first-time applicants a month after abruptly suspending them.

The Caracas embassy says that it remains understaffed, but the arrival of several consular officials and the expectation of more reinforcements has allowed it to open up a limited number of appointments.

The embassy in March stopped taking appointments after President Nicolas Maduro's government expelled three consular officials for allegedly helping to spur anti-government protests.

The US has dismissed the charges as baseless but said the expulsions and failure by Venezuela to approve entry for newly assigned diplomats has prevented it from keeping pace with demand for visa services.

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