Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:
The Immigrant Visa Unit in the U.S. Consulate General is performing mission-critical operations. We are making every effort to schedule your immigrant visa case as soon as possible. Please do not contact the Immigrant Visa Unit to inquire about scheduling your interview. The staff will contact you directly.
If you have been advised that your case file has been forwarded to the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, please refer to our website for an overview of the application procedure and begin compiling the necessary supporting documents. You can collect the supporting documents that will be needed for your visa interview, but you may not schedule a medical appointment or immigrant visa interview without specific authorization from the Immigrant Visa Unit. Please monitor our website for updates.
If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-br/iv, or enter in contact via email firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone (https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-br/iv/information/contact_us) to request an emergency appointment.
Information about the travel restrictions
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.
Immigrant Visa Types
Green Card Holders
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.
Child and Family Matters (Adoption)
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 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.