You cannot begin an application for an immigrant visa at The U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro, or other Posts. The process for all immigrant visas, other than the Diversity Visa Lottery process, begins with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). The family member or employer in the U.S., through whom you wish to qualify, must begin the process by filing an I-130 petition or I-129F Fiancé petition, or the I-140 employment petition with the DHS/USCIS office in the United States, as per the instructions on the forms.
U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro
Av. Presidente Wilson, 147 Castelo
Rio de Janeiro, RJ — 20030-020
Entrance at Rua Santa Luzia
Important Notice: 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). Liquids/drinks are also not allowed (except for applicants with children that require a bottle). 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.
For Consulate General Rio de Janeiro ONLY. Until further notice, on days when it is raining, applicants will be able to bring a small, compact, collapsible umbrella with no sharp points into the Consular waiting rooms. Large umbrellas will not be permitted.
We have found that the vast majority of inquiries we receive are readily answered by information available in this website. However, if you wish to contact us, all inquiries must be sent by e-mail only.
Please do not send your e-mail inquiry more than once, as duplicate inquiries will delay our response time. We make every effort to respond within three working days.
If your inquiry concerns a visa that was not yet assigned a RDJ case number, you should first contact the NVC (National Visa Center), through the public inquiry form.
- For questions regarding immigrant visa issues, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For questions regarding adoption, please e-mail: email@example.com.
- For all U.S. congressional inquiries, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For temporary visitor visa inquiries, please click here.
For American Citizen services inquiries (e.g. U.S. passports, reports of birth abroad and notary services), please send an e-mail to: email@example.com.
Closure to the public:
The Consulate will always be closed on Brazilian and American holidays.