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U.S. State Department Is Expediting Visas For Relatives Of Surfside Condo Collapse

Miami Herald
A growing memorial wall of flowers and photos at the intersecition of 88th St. and Harding Ave near the collapsed Champlain Towers South Condo at 8777 Collins Ave in Surfside June 28, 2021.

U.S. State Department officials are actively expediting visas for family members of victims and survivors of the Surfside condo collapse.

The efforts to prioritize and speed up visa applications have been a team effort from city and county governments, as well as U.S. consulate and U.S. embassies. From there, requests have been referred to congressional offices, which have then coordinated with the State Department.

Though visa records are confidential under U.S. law. and the Department of State would only say the agency is prioritizing the processing of “urgent” visa applications with “extreme humanitarian considerations,” a federal source with knowledge of the situation told the Miami Herald the condo collapse in Surfside has fallen under that category and will be processed first.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.