Visas

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil have suspended routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. For information about visa services at U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, please visit usembassy.gov.

The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-br/niv, or enter in contact via email brazil_contactus+br+info+en@visaops.net, or by phone (https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-br/niv/information/contact_us) to request an emergency appointment.

Information about the travel restrictions

Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996 and the subsequent proclamation issued May 24, 2020:

  • Brazil (effective May 26 at 11:59 p.m. EDT)
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
  • The Republic of Ireland;
  • The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran;
  • The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to the above list of countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). For a complete list of the exceptions, please access the fact sheet about the proclamation.

Information about protecting the U.S. labor market

On April 22, 2020, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.  The proclamation became  effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 23, 2020.  Pursuant to a subsequent proclamation signed on June 22, 2020, the April 22, 2020 suspension was extended until December 31, 2020. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those holding valid immigrant visas on the effective date of the April 22, 2020 are not subject to the proclamation.  No valid visas will be revoked under this proclamation.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil have suspended routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments, but as resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services for applicants who are not subject to this presidential proclamation. Please check the full text of the presidential proclamations on the White House website:  Proclamation issued on April 22, 2020 and Proclamation issued on June 22, 2020. Additionally, if you qualify for an emergency appointment, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

Welcome

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

Nonimmigrant Visas

Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.

Immigrant Visas

For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa;
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique;
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous;
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions;
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations;
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website;
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/wait-times.html; and
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life-threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible;
  • Complete your application fully and accurately;
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans; and
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.

Warning: For security reasons, visa applicants and U.S. citizens are not allowed to enter the Embassy or Consulates with cell phones and other electronic devices (including but not limited to, smartwatches, activity monitoring devices, such as fitbits, tablets, laptops, and other recording devices). Bags, with the exception of one small purse or equivalent, are also not allowed.  All visitors and items brought into the Embassy or Consulates are subject to a complete search. Neither the Embassy nor the Consulates  have storage facilities for such items. We strongly discourage our customers from bringing these devices when they come to the Embassy or Consulates to conduct business. If you must bring these devices with you, there are private companies that provide storage facilities for a fee. These companies are not sanctioned by or otherwise affiliated with the U.S. government, and the U.S. government takes no responsibility for devices left in their care.