Individuals traveling to another country requires a visa or a particular permission “laissez-passer” supported by state-issued travel documents. Travelers to Brazil must have entry visas, except in some cases where there are visa waiver programs to enter Brazil.
Last year Brazilian officials announced a temporary visa waiver program for the 2016 Summer Olympics and allowed tourists from the United States of America, Japan, Australia and Canada to enter the country for up to 90 days.
The Consulate General of Brazil in Washington DC issues visas to residents of states under its jurisdictions (District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and North Carolina).
There are additional nine Brazilian consulates dotted across the USA. An applicant must check the list of Brazilian Consulates in the US online to determine which consulate is assigned to their area of residence.
Brazil Visa Requirements
If applying for a visa through a third party living within the jurisdiction one must present a utility bill, a copy of a drivers’ license, bank statement or a lease contract as proof of residence. As an American citizen, one is required to have a visa stamped in their passports before traveling to Brazil.
It is prudent for applicants to check on the Travel information about pets, immunizations, customs, and immigration procedures before they travel. The Consulate General of Brazil issues Tourist, Business, Temporary, student, work, and investors visas.
One has to note that the processing of Brazil visas is the same. Generally, every visa applicant is required to complete the visa application and successfully submit it online along with your signature.
Present a Passport with a minimum of two blanks visa pages. The Consulate reserves the right not to accept soiled, damaged or defaced passports. Produce documentary evidence, and two professional passport pictures (less than six months old) 2″ x 2″ with a white background to support the application and pay a determined visa fee.
Types of Brazil Visas
The following are the types of visas obtainable depending on the reasons to travel to Brazil.
Tourists are mainly visitors who travel to Brazil for leisure or visiting friends or relatives. Tourists do not include visa applicants who participant in trade shows, give lectures, or public speakers and receive honoraria or paid athletes, musicians, and comedians.
It is unlawful to engage in business, training, voluntary work or professional activities on a tourist visa. A copy of a round trip ticket or a letter from a travel agency under the applicant name with complete flights details.
The Brazil tourist visa fee is $160.
An individual is eligible for a business visa if traveling to Brazil for business meetings, to participate or to be an exhibitor in a trade or industrial fair. Flight attendants or the crew of ship without international crew cards are also eligible for business visas.
Media personnel who travel to Brazil to cover events or filming, individuals traveling to Brazil child adoption, if custody is already granted are eligible for business visas.
An individual applying for a business visa must produce an original business letter on official letterhead from the employer or sponsoring company in the US signed by a senior manager addressed to the Consulate General.
The letter must convey information such as nature of business of the U.S. company, applicant’s title and job functions in the company, precise nature business and activities to be conducted in Brazil, names and addresses of companies the applicant will deal with, expected travel dates, and responsibility of applicant upkeep.
In the case of those in the media coverage or filmmaking, the applicant must present proof of authorization from the Brazilian Cinema Agency for taking photographs, making audio recordings or filming for commercial purposes. If a Brazilian co-producer is involved, an affidavit is required to ensure that authorization from a competent authority.
The Brazil Business visa costs is $160.
Brazil issues temporary visas to only nationals including spouses and children of Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.
Visa applicants who are over 18 are required to produce FBI Police clearance affirming no international criminal convictions. In the case of family reunion birth certificates of children, marriage certificates and proof of financial dependence are required.
Temporary visa fee is $260.
A work visa applicant must have proof of employment. Without proof of employment, an applicant must have professional training and work experience with advanced degrees. The applicant requires security clearance from the FBI and a proof of employment. In the case of spouse and dependents, marriage certificates and birth certificates of children under 18 years or 24 when dependents are students.
The visa fee of Work Visa is $360.
Student or Intern Visas
Students are by law not required to work for compensation in Brazil during their stay.
Student Visa applicant must have proof of enrollment with an original letter of acceptance from a Brazilian education institution registered with the Education ministry indicating type and duration of studies.
The eligible students are those pursuing technical short-term studies, undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate in academic or theological studies. Student trainees or interns are subjected to a supervised education at the workplace for them to gain work experience and become productive workers. Student trainees or interns must have proof of enrollment in a US college or university prior to course completion.
Student visa fee is $160.
An investor visa allows a foreign to live and work in Brazil. The applicant is allowed to bring the family and can go and come as pleased. A minimum entrance period of 2 years is required to maintain the residence status.
The applicant requires $140,000 investment including buying a property, or piece of land. Residency for a full family presence in the country is not required. The investor visa applicant requires four years to become a citizen.
Getting an investor visa can be done remotely and the visa fee is $360.
Visa Requirements Details
The Brazilian government has its visas categorized by purpose of visit. There are currently four categories of visas including: Temporary (VITEM), Tourist (VITUR), Diplomatic/ Official and Permanent.
From the categories, there are about 10 different types of visas available.
The visas currently available include:
1. Tourist Visa (VITUR); which is generally for tourists, visitors, and people participating in cultural, scientific or cultural seminars. It also includes people participating in sports and artistic competitions without expecting money in return.
2. Temporary Visa I (VITEM-I); this is a temporary visa suitable for professors, scientists, researchers and participants with a technical agenda or under an international cooperation program. It is also best for exchange students, interns and amateur athletes who are not involved in any paid activities.
3. Temporary Visa II / Business Visa (VITEM-II); this is recommended for travelers who are planning to adopt a child from Brazil. It is also good for business purposes where travelers are expected to sign import/ export contracts, look for business opportunities, make commercial contact and visit companies. This visa, however, does not involve the provision of any services from the Brazilian Government. It also covers travelers who are involved in filming and media coverage.
4. Temporary Visa III (VITEM-III); this type of visa is specifically for athletes and artists who are involved in events with paid participation.
5. Temporary Student Visa IV (VITEM-IV); this is for travelers who are pursuing their academic studies in as undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate program.
6. Temporary Visa V (VITEM-V); this type of visa is for travelers who are providing services to the Brazilian government under contract, employment, as trainees or interns, providing training and leasing.
7. Temporary Visa VI (VITEM-VI); this is only for media correspondents.
8. Temporary Visa VII (VITEM-VII); this visa is for travelers who are visiting for missionary/ religious reasons only.
9. Permanent Visas; this visa is sufficient for travelers who have a personal investment in Brazil or have been transferred to work as managers, directors or executives. It is also prefect for family reunions and transfer of residence after retirement or for a job offer.
10. Diplomatic and Official Visas; this visa is solely for Official or Diplomatic purposes.
Brazil’s Entry and Exit Requirements
Travelers are required to have a valid passport with them. The passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure or entry into Brazil.
Except for travelers from the United Kingdom, France, New Zealand and Germany, travelers are required to present one. Visas defer in fee and processing time depending on your nationality. Travelers are required to present one passport photography, proof of travel and a valid passport.
Travelers are issued with an exit/ entry card by immigration officials when entering Brazil which they must present to officials when exiting the country. Travelers who fail to produce this card will be fined and this might cause delays when leaving Brazil.
Dual Citizenship/ Nationality
Immigration authorities require that travelers have two passports, one for their country and another for Brazil and vice versa. Failure to do so may cause delays during boarding or even denied boarding.
Travelling with children
Children will need special documentation, like a letter of authorization, before they are allowed to travel without their parents or legal guardian.
How to Apply
It’s simple. You can visit one of the Brazilian consulates in person and fill out your application. Pay the visa fee and you’ll have to wait a few days for your visa.
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