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New consular fees to begin in July - 07/13/2010

As of July 13th, the U.S. Department of State will change certain consular fees, including those related to U.S. passport and passport card applications, immigrant visas, and other consular services provided to United States and foreign citizens.

The Department of State is adjusting the fees in light of a comprehensive cost of service study completed in June 2009. The study, which was the most detailed and exhaustive ever conducted by the Department of State, established the true cost of providing these consular services, which by law must be recovered.

Fees vary depending on the type of service. Any application received on or after July 13, 2010 will be processed under the new fee schedule. Please click here for the total processing cost (US$).

Please click here for the list of FAQs concerning the new fee schedule.

Notes:

*Applicants for U.S. passports have the option of receiving a 52-page book for the same price as a 28-page full validity passport.  Applicants who know they will use a larger number of pages can get the larger book in advance and therefore avoid paying for additional pages down the road.

** Applicants can avoid paying the fee for file searches by providing adequate citizenship documentation when applying for passport rather than requesting an expensive, time-intensive file search.

All fees listed are paid at the Consulate cashier.

All payments may be made in cash (Dollars or the equivalent in Reais) or international credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Dinners, American Express, Novus/Discover).

In Recife cash payments are only accepted in Reais.

Americans living or traveling in Brazil are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Brazil.  Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.  Please check the Contact Information and Working Hours  to find out the appropriate address, contact information and working hours.