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Nonimmigrant Visas

Temporary (Nonimmigrant) Visas

International visitors add greatly to our nation's cultural, academic, and economic life. We continue the proud tradition of welcoming visitors to the United States, with secure borders and open doors.

Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers temporarily visiting the United States. The visa allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (airport, for example) and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection immigration officer to enter the United States. A visa does not guarantee entry.

International travelers visit the United States for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, studies, business, medical treatment, and certain types of temporary work. To determine which type of visa you need, visit our Visa Types page. The Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Brasília or at the Consulates in Recife, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo will make the final determination of what kind of visa you need when you apply.

Advance planning can smooth the visa application process for you. Apply for your visa well in advance of your travel! Do not make non-refundable travel purchases until you have your visa in hand!

Important tips to remember:

  1. Review your visa status, and find out if you need a U.S. visa or a renewal.
  2. Check the "Contact Information / Working Hours" page to select the most convenient place for you to apply for your visa.
  3. Visas are valid for entry into the United States up to and including the date of expiration on the visa. There is no need to renew a visa six months prior to its expiration. For more information regarding visa validity and length of stay click here.
  4. On the day of your interview, arrive no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time

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.

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  • Thinking of applying for a tourist visa? Here are the basics you should know, in English and Portuguese.

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Visa Wait Times

Know Your Rights

  • Coming to the U.S. for work or study? Make sure you get the best out of your stay by being informed of your rights. Click here for more information; in English and Portuguese.