Frequently Asked Questions About Visa Processing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Brazil have compiled these frequently asked questions regarding visa services and travel to the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We hope this information answers your questions.

Beginning November 8, the Embassy and Consulates General will resume processing applications in all visa categories.  Please go to Visa Appointment Service to make an appointment.  Due to health and safety protocols, appointments may be limited.  However, we are regularly adding new available appointment slots.  Be sure to check back frequently.  Continue to monitor this site and https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-br/niv for updates.

All nonimmigrant application fee payments (also known as the MRV fee) made on or after October 1, 2022, are valid for 365 days from the date a receipt is issued for this payment. Applicants must schedule an interview appointment, or submit an interview waiver application, during this 365-day period. The interview doesn’t need to occur during the 365-day period, it only needs to be scheduled during this period. All MRV payment receipts issued before October 1, 2022, were extended until September 30, 2023, and remain valid until this date.

All non-U.S. citizen, non-Lawful Permanent Resident, and non-U.S. immigrant travelers heading to the United States aged 18 and older must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

Limited exceptions apply for unvaccinated foreign travelers. Please visit Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing for International Travel (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/covid-19-faqs-for-travel-to-the-us-information.html) for more details on providing proof of vaccination status please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel/index.html).

Vaccines approved fully and for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration or by the World Health Organization will be accepted.  This includes all vaccines currently approved for use in Brazil (as of October 26, 2021).  The final dose must be administered two weeks prior to starting travel.

Airlines will verify vaccination status either via a paper record, a photo of the paper record, or a digital app.  Please contact your airline prior to traveling to the airport with any questions about verifying your vaccine status.

The airlines will need to:

  • Match the name and date of birth to confirm the passenger is the same person reflected on the proof of vaccination;
  • Determine that the record was issued by an official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency) in the country where the vaccine was given;
  • Review the essential information for determining if the passenger meets CDC’s definition for fully vaccinated such as vaccine product, number of vaccine doses received, date(s) of administration, site (e.g., vaccination clinic, healthcare facility) of vaccination.

You can request an expedited appointment. To request an expedited appointment, first schedule a regular appointment on the closest available date. Then, sign-in to your account, click “Continue”, select “Request Expedite” and follow the instructions. Expedited Appointments will only be granted at the Consular Section’s discretion. Circumstances that may be considered for expedited appointments include:

      1. An immediate relative’s death or funeral, grave illness or life threatening accident taking place in the United States.
      2. Urgent medical treatment for the applicant or their minor child.
      3. An applicant for a student or exchange visitor (F/M/J) visa whose I-20 or DS-2019 has a start date that is earlier than the first available visa appointment.
      4. An unexpected need to travel to the United States for urgent business purposes that is occurring before the first available visa appointment.
      5. An unexpected visit that is of significant cultural, political, journalistic, sporting or economic importance that is occurring within 10 days after the first available visa appointment.
      6. For appointments scheduled November 8, 2021 and later, applicants who were unable to attend a scheduled appointment because of a documented medical reason (such as a positive COVID-19 test).
      7. Children under age 2 traveling with parent(s) who have valid visas.
      8. An unexpected need to travel to the United States for an immediate relative’s significant life event such as a wedding or baptism/christening that is before the first available visa appointment.
      9. Spouses (legally married) and children under age 21 of U.S. citizens.

Circumstances considered for expedited appointments may vary. When you request an expedited appointment, you will see the list of acceptable circumstances in the country where you are applying for a visa.