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Immigrant Visas


Welcome to the Immigrant Visa information of the U.S. Mission in Brazil. An immigrant visa is required of anyone who wishes to enter the United States to reside there permanently, whether or not that person plans to seek employment in the United States.

U.S. immigration law provides for the issuance of immigrant visas in four general categories: immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, family based, employment based (including investors), and Diversity Immigrant Visa program, known as the "green card" lottery.

We encourage applicants to learn as much as they can about the laws, regulations and policies involved in processing an immigrant visa application.

The information in this web page is designed to help prospective immigrants understand the process and come to the visa interview prepared. Simply click on one of the links on the left side of the page to begin.

Technical Difficulties

  • Attention symbol (Image: U.S. Embassy Brasilia)

    The U.S. Department of State continues to experience technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems.  This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.  We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability.

    Due to the systems issues, we must cancel all visa appointments in Brazil on Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19.  Applicants will be contacted and given details on how to re-schedule.  Appointments are also canceled in São Paulo on Wednesday, June 17. 

    For more information, please click here.

Scam Alert

  • Scam Alert

Glossary of Visa Terms

  • Glossary of Visa Terms

Fraud Notice / Warning

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