Information about the application process
How do I apply for a visa?
Except as noted above, all those interested in applying for a visa must schedule two appointments, one for biometric information collection at the Applicant Service Center (ASC) and one for the visa interview at the Embassy or Consulate. See the How to Apply page.
I am having difficulties with the Visa Information and Appointment Service. Whom should I contact?
The service provides a special services line which applicants may use to resolve technical difficulties. Please call one of the local numbers for the Call Center or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What documentation is required for a visa application?
- Signed passport. Brazilian passports should be valid, at least, until the date of the return to the country of origin.
- Old passports (whether or not they include U.S. visas, but especially if they include still-valid U.S. visas) should also be presented.
- The confirmation page of completed online visa application form DS-160. Only the confirmation page will be accepted. Please, remember to fill out the form DS-160 at least 72 hours prior to your interview.
- The original receipt for the MRV fee paid online, via telephone or through the bank boleto system. Copies (even notarized) will not be accepted.
Documents that give supporting evidence of your ability to pay for the trip and your strong links to Brazil (eg.: labor card, personal and business income tax returns, pay slips, marriage and birth certificates, corporate documents, bank statements, school statements, documentation of properties you own such as cars or real estate, other evidence of financial resources such as rental properties or savings accounts, etc.). For more detailed information about required and additional documents, please follow this link.
What are the working hours of the Consular Section?
Consular sections are open to the public Monday through Friday, except on Brazilian and American holidays. As the hours for each consular section vary, please check the Contact Information and Working Hours page to find out the appropriate address and working hours.
Should I appear in person at the Consular Section?
All applicants who don't meet one of the waiver of interview criteria and who are not renewing a previous full-validity visa must go personally to the Embassy or Consulate where they have made their interview appointment.
How long should I expect my appointment to take?
We make every effort to ensure that visa applicants spend as little time as possible at the Embassy or Consulate. At the same time, there are a number of steps that must be completed for every visa interview. It is very important that you arrive as close as possible to your designated appointment time, understanding that up to approximately 150 people may share the same half-hour appointment block. Scheduling appointments in this manner allows us to attend to applicants with the greatest possible degree of efficiency.
Because there are so many travelers seeking visas, please be aware that you may spend several hours at the Embassy or Consulate, depending on a variety of factors. We advise that you bring along some reading material. You may also wish to bring a snack. In Brasilia, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, a limited selection of food and beverages is on sale at the on-site café or food cart to which applicants have access.
Do I need to bring my family members' passports to the interview, even if they are not planning to travel?
Bringing your spouse's passport (and those of other family members) can be very helpful in establishing your ties to Brazil. Although you are not required to bring the passports of family members who are not applying for a visa at the same time as you, presenting their passports to the Consular Officer can sometimes help establish your own ties.
Must I show my airline ticket when applying for a visa?
It is not required to present airline tickets when applying for a visa and we recommend that applicants do not purchase non-refundable tickets until they have received their passport with the visa. You may need to present your tickets or itinerary when in transit in the United States.
I am not a Brazilian Citizen. Can I apply for a visa in Brazil?
The Consular Sections for the U.S. Mission in Brazil will accept applications from all persons ordinarily resident in Brazil (Brazilians and foreign citizens). If you are not a Brazilian citizen and your habitual residence is in Brazil, just schedule an appointment through the regular process.
If you are a foreign citizen who doesn't ordinarily reside in Brazil and you are planning to apply for a visa during your visit to Brazil, we strongly recommended you apply for a visa in your country of citizenship or habitual residence. If you decide to apply in Brazil, please note that there is no guarantee that your visa will be approved as the Consular Officers may not be in a position to properly evaluate your application. You should also schedule the appointment through the regular process.
If I am issued a visa, how will I get my passport and visa back?
Passport delivery is included in the $160 MRV fee. Generally passports are delivered within 10 business days, unless additional processing is required.
I want to book my travel as far in advance as possible. How long will it take to get my visa back?
The amount of time required to issue visas and return passports to applicants was addressed in the previous question. However, applicants are strongly advised not to book their travel until after they receive their passport and new visa. There is no way for us to guarantee or for you to be certain in advance that you will be issued a visa. In addition, applicants sometimes arrive for the interview lacking an essential document, or with an injury that prevents us from being able to collect acceptable finger prints, or some similar issue. In these cases, while the visa may still eventually be issued, there will be delays beyond the normal processing time.
The best way to avoid the unpleasant circumstance of having bought an airplane ticket only to find out that the visa was refused, or that you will need to go through the costly process of changing your tickets to another travel date, is to wait until after your visa arrives at home. If you have an unforeseen emergency circumstance, you may request expedited scheduling of your interview, but there is still no guarantee that the visa can be issued in time for your optimal travel date.
When I received my visa, I discovered that it had an error. What should I do?
We make every effort to ensure that visas include the applicant's full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, visa type and class, passport number, and expiration date, all accurately printed on the visa. Fortunately, errors are extremely rare. However, should you discover an error, then it is very important for you to bring your visa to the post where it was issued. The procedure for correcting visa errors varies among the posts; please verify details with the post where your visa was issued (please check working hours).