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Temporary (Nonimmigrant) Visas

How to Apply

All visa applicants should schedule two appointments – one at the Applicant Service Center (ASC) and another at the Consulate or Embassy – following the steps below.

Note that for security reasons applicants are not allowed to enter the Applicant Service Centers (ASC) or embassy/consulates with bags (other than one small purse) or electronic devices. Applicants may enter the ASC with their cell phones as long as they are turned off.

Step 1: Complete DS-160 online application form.

Step 2: Go to the appointment website: or call the Call Center at one of the local numbers.

  1. Register online using your DS-160 confirmation code.
  2. Read the interview waiver and renewal pages to determine if a visa interview is required in your case. 
  3. Pay the visa application fee (MRV fee).  This can be done by credit card through our appointment website or by telephone. Applicants may also pay through a bank boleto at any bank in the boleto network..
  4. Schedule your appointment at the ASC and your visa interview at the Consulate or Embassy. Appointments can be made online, through the Call Center or through Skype.

Step 3: Attend your CASV appointment to have your photo and fingerprints collected. Applicants will need to present their current passport, old passports with previous visas and DS-160 confirmation page. Applicants age 66 and over and minors 15 years old and younger do not require fingerprint collection at the CASV so they, or a representative, should deliver a 5x7in photograph, less than 6 months old and with a white background. Click here for more information on State Department Photo Standards.

Step 4: Attend your interview appointment, if required, at our Embassy or Consulates. You will need to bring the following:

  • Current passport
  • Any old passports with previous visas
  • DS-160 bar code confirmation page
  • Any additional documents the applicant feels are necessary for the visa interview

Step 5: Most applicants will receive their visas within 10 businesses days. However some applications may require additional processing time. We recommend that you do not finalize travel plans until you hae received your visa. 

For information about passport delivery please click here. Details should be available 5 days after the interview at the Consulate/Embassy.

Special Categories

Exchange Rate

  • consular exchange rate
    Consular Exchange Rate

    All fees will be collected in Brazilian Reais, exchange rate is subject to change.

    The consular exchange rate is:
    R$3.10 to US$1.00.

Important Notice

  • Important symbol (image: U.S. Embassy Brasilia) All visa applicants are advised to provide contact information in Brazil (local e-mail and telephone number) when filling out the DS-160, in case the Embassy/Consulate needs to contact them. This is even more important for those individuals who are renewing temporary work visas and are already temporarily residing in the United States (L-1s, official visas, etc).

Visa Wait Times

Important Notices

  • Note about forms

    No forms or documents need to be purchased – they are all available for free. No agency, retailer, or despachantes (expediters) claiming to aid in Consular Services are sanctioned by the U.S. Embassy/Consulates.

  • Emergency Services

    Please contact your local Embassy or consulate directly to request emergency or earlier appointments. 

    Send your request explaining your situation and the reason for your emergency. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Tourism travel will not be considered as emergency.


  • Attention symbol (image: U.S. Embassy Brasília)

    For security reasons, visa applicants and American citizens are not allowed to enter the Applicant Service Centers, Consulates or the Embassy grounds with bags (with the exception of one small purse), cell phones or any other electronic devices.