Nonimmigrant Visas

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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 travelers 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 travelers 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!

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.