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Temporary (Nonimmigrant) Visas

How to Apply

It’s fast and easy to apply for a non-immigrant visa.  The U.S. Government issues them from the Embassy in Brasilia, and the Consulates in Recife, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.  To apply, follow these steps: 

Step 1:  Complete the DS-160 online application form.  You will need to select the city where you wish to appear for an in-person interview, if necessary.  When you complete the application, please print out the confirmation page.

Atention! Before you start filling the DS-160, please make sure you annotate the Application ID and the answer to  the security question that you will choose on your form. Both information are fundamental to access your DS-160 later, in case you need to interrupt filling it out,  or if you need to modify or add any information after you have submitted the DS-160 electronically.

Please also make sure to have your passport, information about other U.S. visas you have had, if any, and any other documents relevant to your intended travel to the United States ready. You will need information in those documents as you fill out the application.

Step 2:  Make your appointment.  In general, applicants should schedule two appointments – one at the Applicant Service Center (CASV) and another at the Consulate or Embassy.  IMPORTANT:  You may be able to obtain or renew a visa without having to appear at the Embassy or Consulate for an interview.  Please read the interview waiver and visa renewal pages to determine if you need to appear in person.  This may save you time and money.

  1. Go to the appointment website: or call the Call Center using one of the local numbers.
  2. Create an account using your DS-160 confirmation code.
  3. Select the location where you want your passport and visa delivered.
  4. 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.  Note:  If you pay by boleto, the payment must be confirmed before you can schedule an appointment.
  5. Schedule your appointment at the CASV, and your visa interview at the Consulate or Embassy (if necessary).  Appointments can be made online, through the Call Center or via SkypeNote:  In Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Recife, depending on the appointments availability, it is possible to schedule same-day appointments at the CASV and Embassy/Consulate.

Step 3:  Attend your CASV appointment to have your photo and fingerprints collected. Applicants must present their current passport, any old passports with previous visas, and their DS-160 confirmation page. Applicants age 66 and older, and minors age 15 and younger do not require fingerprint collection at the CASV. However, they, or a representative, must deliver a 5x5 cm photograph.  The photograph should be recent (less than six months old), and have a white background.  Click here for more information on State Department Photo Standards.  For security reasons, bags (other than one small purse) and electronic devices are not allowed at the CASV or the Embassy/Consulates. 

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

  • Current valid passport;
  • Any old passports with previous visas; and
  • Any additional documents you feel are necessary for the visa interview.

Step 5:  Most applicants will receive their visas within 10 business days. However, some applications may require additional processing time.  To check the status of your application, please go to:  We recommend that you do not finalize travel plans until you have received your visa. 

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

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Exchange Rate

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    Consular Exchange Rate

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

    The consular exchange rate is:
    R$3,70 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.