Instructions for IH-3 and IH-4 Initial Review

List of Documents for the Initial Adoption Immigrant Visa Review

The U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro has received your provisionally approved I-800 petition from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is ready for the initial review of your immigrant visa case.  In order to continue with the process, kindly mail the following two envelopes to the U.S. Consulate Rio de Janeiro as follows:

Envelope 1: Please mail the following documents to the Immigrant Visa Unit (If more than one child is being adopted, please provide one set of documents for each child.)

Address 1: United States Consulate General
Immigrant Visa Unit
Av. President Wilson 147 – Centro
Rio de Janeiro RJ, Brazil 20030-020.

  • The barcode page of the online DS-260 Immigrant Visa Application. You should fill out the form completely and carefully at CEAC and print out only the barcode page. Before starting filling out the DS-260, enter the Invoice ID Number provided to you by the NVC. The information is located in the NVC instructions you received. If, for any reason you don’t have your Invoice ID Number, you should contact NVC (National Visa Center) through the public inquiry form.
  • Three (3) frontal pictures of the child, 5 X 7cm.

Envelop 2: Please mail a “cashier check addressed to USDO” to our Consular Cashier (If more than one child is being adopted, please include the fees for both children on in one check)

Address 2: United States Consulate General
Consular Cashier
Av. President Wilson 147 – Centro
Rio de Janeiro RJ, Brazil 20030-020.

  • IV fee. Please check the fee list for the appropriate value that must be paid at the Consulate’s cashier.

Please send the above items as soon as possible as the Consulate cannot proceed with your case until they are received.

The consular officer will review the documents necessary for compliance with the Hague Adoption Convention for any possible visa ineligibilities. If there are no ineligibilities, the Consulate will issue a letter to the relevant CEJA that constitutes the U.S. government’s agreement, under Article 17 of the Hague Convention, for the adoption to proceed.  The Consulate will notify you via email as soon as the letter has been issued.

DO NOT complete the adoption until you receive this confirmation from the Consulate.

The United States Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro has no authority to interfere in court proceedings in Brazil. Only a legal counselor knowledgeable in Brazilian family law can provide up-to-date and accurate information regarding the proper procedures for adopting a child outside of the Hague Adoption Convention process.

Please review the DHS information guide for prospective adoptive parents.