Monday, August 2, 2010

Those Are Some Busy People

A question taken at the July 30 daily press briefing sent me to my calculator to do some basic arithmetic.

Question: How many visas are processed at the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez?

Answer: The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez processed over 94,000 immigrant visas and over 144,000 non-immigrant visas in FY2009. Given the temporary closing of the Consulate, all visa applicants will be rescheduled for their interviews at a later date. The U.S. Consulate will reopen tomorrow.

You can read the entire press briefing here.

These are the numbers I've been marveling over:

238,000 - the total number of visa transactions ConGen Ciudad Juarez processed last fiscal year (144,000 NIVs plus 94,000 IVs)

260 - the number of work days in a year (five days a week times 52 weeks)

21 - the number of holidays taken annually by ConGen Ciudad Juarez

1,000 - the average number of visa transactions ConGen Ciudad Juarez processes in one work day (238,000 transactions over 238 annual working days)

That is a whole lot of interviews.


Anonymous said...

We also have two admin days a month to catch up on back-end processing.

TSB said...


With that work load, they ought to give you a couple admin days each week!

Diplodocus said...

Juarez is one of a handful of super-mills. Mumbai does over a thousand NIVs a work day alone, plus a hundred-odd IVs. Manila has similar numbers,as do some of the other India and Mexico posts.

The challenges of working in that kind of environment cannot be overstated.

TSB said...

I didn't realize how many Mumbai did. And with such a dinky office building. You just came from there, I think?

Diplodocus said...

Yup -- Mumbai's situation will definitely improve when the new consulate opens, but for now they are doing 1000+ visa days in the same old space (sitting record is 1600+ NIVs in a day). It was *hard*.

fsohmygod said...

They do that many NIVs in Rio de Janeiro and Caracas. They do more than that in Sao Paulo.

TSB said...

I'm surprised about Sao Paulo, since I think of that as a small post.

Out of curiosity, I wonder if there is an open-source way to get the numbers of Vice Consuls assigned and the numbers of visas transacted so as to do a post-by-post workload comparison? The results could be surprising.