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.
Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.
For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.
What is a Visa?
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.
- Assistance with the appointment website, including name errors
- Appointment scheduling
- MRV fee payment
- Document delivery
Visit the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil Visa Navigator for more information on visa processing for Brazil. Our Navigator provides a comprehensive overview of the visa application process including information about interview waiver eligibility, passport delivery, fraud reporting, diplomatic and official visas and immigrant visa appointments.
The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil Visa Information Navigator is designed to understand the topic of your question or interest, provide information and links to official sources, and gather needed information in order to respond adequately to your query (if needed).
As you navigate this form, please read the text and visit the webpages at the links provided.
Customer Service Statement
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/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/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.