Nonimmigrant Visas

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil have suspended routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. We will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. For information about visa services at U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, please visit

The U.S. Mission to Brazil understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment.  We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible.  In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee.  Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at, or enter in contact via email, or by phone ( to request an emergency appointment.

Information about the travel restrictions

  • For information about travel restrictions related to the current Presidential Proclamations, click here.
  • For frequently asked questions about visa processing during the COVID-19 pandemic click here.


The Consular Sections of the U.S. Mission in Brazil are responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States.

Nonimmigrant visas are for international travellers temporarily visiting the United States. The visa allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (airport, for example) and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection immigration officer to enter the United States. A visa does not guarantee entry.

International travellers visit the United States for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, studies, business, medical treatment, and certain types of temporary work.

Advance planning can smooth the visa application process for you. Apply for your visa well in advance of your travel! Do not make non-refundable travel purchases until you have your visa in hand!

How to Renew


  • Complete the online DS-160 application form and pay the necessary fee;
  • Schedule a time to drop off the required documents at the Applicant Service Center (ASC);
  • Required documents include a valid passport, previous passport with current visa, DS-160 barcode page, and ASC confirmation page;
  • Go in person, or send a representative to submit your documents;
  • If approved, the new visa will most likely be ready within 10 business days;
  • In rare cases, applicants may be required to submit more information or to come in for an interview. To avoid delaying your travel plans, start the process as early as possible.



  •    Brazilian or Argentine nationals whose most recent visa was issued in Brazil;
  •    Have a nonimmigrant visa that is valid or has expired within the last 12 months and wish to renew your visa of the same classification (e.g. a holder of a recently expired J visa may NOT renew and get a B1/B2 visa);
  •    Must have had 10 fingerprints captured in a prior visa application;
  •    Passport was not reported as lost or stolen;
  •    Must have no refusals since most recent visa issuance;
  •    Students who are renewing their F or M visa, provided the SEVIS number has not changed and the renewal is for the same school or program;
  •    Exchange Visitors who are renewing their J visa, provided the SEVIS number has not changed and the renewal is for the same school or program;
  •    Crew Visitors whose visa is still valid or is within 12 months of expiration



  • What happens if my visa expired over a year ago?
    • You will need to follow the same steps as any other visa applicant, including appearing at an Embassy or Consulate for a new visa interview.
  • Do I need to have a specific trip planned first?
    • No! In fact, it is better to have your visa renewed before you need to travel.  That way you will be ready to go the moment the opportunity arrives.

Travelers entering the United States are not required to present documentation of yellow fever vaccination; however, travelers transiting the United States en route to another destination should check the appropriate country for current guidance.

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). 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.