Know before the interview- Required procedure and tips

Important: all immigrant visa interviews are conducted at the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro no matter what state the applicant lives in Brazil.

IMPORTANT! Required procedure before the interview:

  1. Every immigrant visa applicant is required to register (for those who already have an IV interview date) or schedule an IV interview at: Registering at this link is mandatory for confirmation of your immigrant visa interview;
  2. Upon completing the registration, choose your preferred delivery option for receiving the visa (pick-up at ASC- Applicant Service Center – or by mail);
  3. Schedule a visit to the Applicant Service Center – ASC — to collect applicant biometrics (photo and fingerprints) prior to the date of the immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro. The photo capture is independent from the photo required for the process. Do not forget to bring a photo on the day of your interview at the consulate.
  4. Schedule an appointment for your interview at the consulate. However, if you already have an IV interview date no need to make a new appointment;
  5. Print your confirmation page and bring it to the CASV.

This service is provided by all ASC branches throughout Brazil.

You should schedule the interview at the CASV website not only for you but also for your dependents who are immigrating at the same time.

For issues pertaining to appointment scheduling, rescheduling, etc., forward your inquiries exclusively to CSRA, the company that provides us these services.

  • Please read the important information regarding Rights and Protections for Foreign-Citizen Fiancé(e)s and Spouses of U.S. Citizens and Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents.
  • See a list of all required documents at our next page.
  • 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  kids 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.
  • 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 at the Consulate in Rio de Janeiro.  Large umbrellas will not be permitted
  • The Immigrant Visa Unit is located on the Mezzanine, which is only accessible via a staircase. There is no elevator in the public areas of the Consular Section. If you require special assistance, please send an e-mail to before you come to the consulate.
  • On the day of the interview, the beneficiary (applicant) must appear in person at the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro at the scheduled time. The petitioner’s presence at the interview is always encouraged. Attorneys may accompany their clients but they will not be allowed into the visa interview room.
  • At the time of applicant’s interview and his/her subsequent entry into the United States, petitioners are required to be domiciled in the U.S. or must be able to establish to the consular officer’s satisfaction the intent to return to the U.S. at the time the beneficiary relative immigrates with his/her immigrant visa.
  • All applicants (including minors) must be physically present on the day of the interview.
  • Applicants under 14 years of age or those physically incapable of providing a signature should appear for the immigrant visa interview accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  If the applicant has no parent or guardian, a person with legal custody or a legitimate interest in the applicant should accompany him or her. Travel authorization will not be accepted.
  • All applicants who are not fluent in Portuguese or English should come to the interview accompanied by an official interpreter.  Applicants needing to use an interpreter will be asked to present the official interpreter’s credentials.  If the applicant fails to bring an official interpreter, the interview will have to be rescheduled.
  • Applicants must bring all original documents to the interview, even when those documents were already sent to USCIS with the petition. There are no exceptions.
  • Check your name, date and place of birth to guarantee that they are correct in all documents (passport, birth and marriage certificates, police certificates, etc.) and on the forms.
  • We can only accept legible documents in good condition. If not, the applicant will need to procure a recently issued second copy of the document.
  • If your documents were prepared by a lawyer, please double check if all requirements are met according to the instructions. Likewise, double check the information in the intire immigrant visa forms.
  • The medical examination must be performed in Brazil by one of the panel physicians that have a partnership with the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro. Medical examination performed in the United States is not acceptable. The list of certified doctors is available in this website. Please do not schedule your medical examination until you have your visa interview scheduled.
  • Translations: If your documents are written in Portuguese or English, there is NO need to translate them. If the documents are in other languages, these must be accompanied by official translations to English. Look for an official translation to do it. The translated document must contain a statement by the translator attesting that: the translation is correct, done by a competent translator and with the notarization of his/her signature.
  • We cannot guarantee the approval of the visa in advance. The Consul must check the documents first and then make a final decision on the visa request. We encourage applicants not to make any final travel arrangements, sell properties or quit jobs before the visa is issued.

Failure to Appear to the Interview

Section 203(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act requires that an intending immigrant pursue his/her visa application within one year from the date he/she is informed that it is possible to do so.  Receiving notification from the NVC/Consulate that a visa interview appointment has been set is notice to the applicant that it is possible to pursue an application for a visa. If the applicant fails to do so within one year from the date of the interview, the application and any visa petition approved for the applicant will be cancelled.