Immigrant Visas

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Brazil at the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on travel.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States. Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, or on the list of visa categories below to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

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
Immigrant visa inquiries: immigrationrio@state.gov
Adoption inquiries: adoptionrio@state.gov

A Green Card holder (permanent resident) is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a “Green Card.”

For information on Boarding Foil, instructions for returning resident petition, green card abandonment, removal of conditional resident status, and children of LPR born abroad, please access the Green Card Holders page.

Each year thousands of U.S. citizens adopt children from abroad and many families in other countries adopt U.S. children. Intercountry adoption is governed by both the laws of the country in which the child lives and the country in which the adoptive parents live. Under U.S. law, there are two distinct intercountry adoption processes: the Hague Convention process and the non-Hague Convention process. Since Brazil is a Hague Convention country, it’s the Hague Convention process that must be followed. For more information, please access the Adoption page on this website.

Warning: For security reasons, visa applicants and American citizens are not allowed to enter the Applicant Service Centers, Consulates or the Embassy grounds with bags (with the exception of one small purse), cell phones or any other electronic devices.