Nonimmigrant Visas

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil have suspended routine nonimmigrant visa appointments. In mid-May, the Embassy and Consulates will resume processing student visa applications for applicants whose academic programs commence on or after August 1, 2021. To schedule your visa appointment, please access the Visa Appointment Service.”

We 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. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates have extended the validity of payments (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. For information about visa services available at U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, please visit usembassy.gov.

Information about the travel restrictions


Nonimmigrant Visas

Nonimmigrant visas are required for travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study, and exchange.

All Brazilians need a visa to visit the United States, including transit passengers making an international connection. Tourists with eligible dual-nationalities, however, may be able to enter without a visa under the Electronic System for Travel Authorization(ESTA) using their non-Brazilian passport.

Please visit our official Visa Appointment Service website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

Those applying for a visa for the first time, and who are between the ages of 14-79, must schedule two appointments (except in Porto Alegre, where only one appointment at the Consulate will be scheduled): the first at the Applicant Service Center (ASC) and the second at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. When applying, you must apply for the correct visa category based on the purpose of travel to the United States (see visa category tab).

Step 1: Complete the DS-160 online visa application and print the confirmation page (with barcode) for each applicant at: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv.

  • Save the application ID and your answer to the security question you selected.  You will need both pieces of information to access your DS-160 later.
  • Review your application for accuracy prior to submitting. You are responsible for verifying that everything is true and accurate.  Applications with inaccurate biographical  information will not be accepted.  If you provide false information, you may be permanently ineligible for a U.S. visa.

Step 2: Pay the fee and schedule your appointments. Go to the Applicant Service Center (ASC) website and:

  1. Create or sign into your account;
  2. Choose the visa category (see the table in the “Visa Categories” section below) you will apply for;
  3. Pay the application fee (MRV fee);
  4. Select where/how you will receive your visa and passport after the interview;
  5. Schedule your appointments for registration at the ASC (except for Porto Alegre) and the visa interview at the Embassy or Consulate; and
  6. Print your ASC appointment confirmation page when finished.

Note: Subject to availability, it may be possible to schedule both appointments for the same day.

Information on visa fees is available at the ASC website.

Step 3: Go to your ASC and visa interview appointments.

At the ASC you will complete the pre-interview registration process, including taking fingerprints and your photo. In order to fulfill this step, you will need:

  • Current passport and previous passports (if applicable),
  • DS-160 application confirmation page with barcode for each applicant, and
  • ASC appointment confirmation page.

Then, go to your interview appointment at the Embassy or Consulate. Details on required documents and how to access the Embassy and Consulates are available in the respective sections below.

At the U.S. Consulate General in Porto Alegre, applicants will complete both the pre-interview registration process and the visa interview in one appointment at the consulate.  Applicants must provide a photo in addition to the documents listed above (Please check the photo specifications).

Step 4: Your visa is processed and delivered. If your visa is approved, you will receive an email when it is ready, generally within 10 business days. You may pick it up at the ASC or receive it at home by mail, based on your preference indicated in your ASC registration.

Note: You may send a representative to retrieve your visa from the ASC for you. You must provide them with a copy of your identification and a signed authorization letter. The letter does not need to be in English or notarized.

If you are having difficulties completing your application or scheduling an appointment, please call one of the local numbers for the Call Center or send an email to contactus_pt_br@usvisa-info.com.

Required Documents:

Depending on the type of visa, you may need to bring additional documents to your visa interview. An overview of required documents is available at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-br/niv/information/required_docs.

In addition to those listed on the page linked above, applicants for certain visa categories must also bring the following:

  • B1 Domestic Employees: Proof of employer’s valid visa or U.S. citizenship, and a valid contract (please check the Domestic Employee page for details);
  • B1/B2 Short term study: Details on the course (e.g.: whether it provides academic credit, duration, number of classroom hours/week etc.);
  • Dependent Visas for spouses or children (F-2, J-2, etc.):  Marriage and/or birth certificates showing relationship to primary applicant.

If you already have a U.S. visa, you may be eligible to renew your visa through a simplified process.  If approved, the new visa will be ready, on average, within 10 business days. You do not need specific travel plans to renew your visa.

Conditions for Eligibility

To qualify for renewal, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Be a Brazilian citizen or permanent resident currently in Brazil;
  • Have a valid U.S. visa or one that expired within the last 48 months;
  • Your previous visa was not lost, stolen, cancelled, or revoked;
  • You were not refused on your last U.S. visa application;
  • You have never been arrested or convicted of a crime; deported from or denied entry to the United States.

When you apply through the Applicant Service Center (ASC), you will be asked questions that will determine if you are eligible to renew your visa.

How to Renew Your Visa:

Step 1:Complete the DS-160 online visa application and print the application confirmation page (with barcode) for each applicant at: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv

  • Copy the application ID and your answer to the security question you selected. You will need both pieces of information to access your DS-160 later.
  • Review your application for accuracy prior to submitting. You are responsible for verifying that all information provided is true and accurate. Applications with inaccurate biographical information will not be accepted. If you provide false information, you may be permanently ineligible for a U.S. visa.

Step 2:Pay the visa fee and schedule a time to drop off the required documents via the ASC website.

Required documents include:

  • a valid passport,
  • previous passport with current visa,
  • DS-160 application confirmation barcode page,
  • ASC appointment confirmation page,
  • and a valid photo (access the photo specifications)
  • For Crew and Transit Visas: Please include a copy of your letter of employment.
  • For Student and Exchange Program Visas: Please include a copy of your most recent I-20 or DS-2019 form.

You can drop off your own documents at the ASC, or a representative can deliver them on your behalf.

Information on visa fees is available at this ASC webpage.

Step 3: Your new visa is processed and delivered; based on your preference indicated in your ASC registration you may pick it up at the ASC or receive it by mail.

Remember:

  • A consular officer will determine whether you are eligible for a visa, or if further information is required to process your visa application, in which case you may be asked to appear for an interview.
  • You should always wait until you have a valid visa in-hand before booking any non-refundable travel.

Most Brazilian travelers for tourism or business require a B1/B2 visa. You can find a full list of visa categories below. In addition to the standard visa fee, some visa categories have additional reciprocity fees.

Purpose of Travel  Visa Category
Tourism, vacation, medical treatment and business travel B1/B2
Athlete, amateur or professional (competing for prize money only) B-1
Domestic employee or nanny (must be accompanying an eligible employer)
[See additional requirements on Domestic employee page]
B-1
Student: academic or vocational;
their dependents
F-1 or M-1 F-2 or M-2
Exchange visitor; professors, researchers, teachers, and physicians (in exchange visitor programs);
their dependents
J-1
J-2
Au pair; Summer Work and Travel J-1
Intracompany transferee;
their dependents
L-1
L-2
Crewmember D
Transiting through the United States C
Diplomat or foreign government official and their immediate family members;
their domestic employees
A-1-A-2
A-3
Foreign military personnel stationed in the United States A-2
Foreign national with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics;
their support staff:
their dependents
O-1
O-2
O-3
Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge;
their dependents
H-1B
H-4
Temporary agricultural worker H-2A
Temporary worker performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature H-2B
Training in a program not primarily for employment H-3
Performing athlete, artist, or entertainer;
their dependents
P-1-P-3
P-4
Employee of a designated international organization
their domestic employees
G-1-G-4
G-5
Religious worker;
their dependents
R-1
R-2
Treaty trader/treaty investor E
Media, journalist I
International cultural exchange visitor Q
Victim of Criminal Activity;
Their spouse;
Their unmarried children
U-1
U-2
U-3
Victim of Human Trafficking
Their spouse, children, and other eligible family members
T-1
T-2-T-5

If you or your dependents meet the conditions below, you can submit the required documentation without scheduling a visa interview. However, consular officers reserve the right to require an interview for any visa applicant.

Conditions for Eligibility

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be younger than 14 years old and have a parent with a valid visa in the same category; or  be older than 79 years old;
  • Be a Brazilian citizen or Brazilian resident;
  • Have never been refused a U.S. visa or had one lost or stolen;
  • Have never violated U.S. immigration laws or been convicted of a crime; and
  • Have no parent who is a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident.

Children under 14 do not need to accompany parents to the interview.

If you meet the requirements listed above, you can drop off your documents following the steps below. If approved, the new visa will be ready, on average, within 10 business days.

How to Apply:

Step 1:Complete the online DS-160 visa application form at: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv

  • When finished, be sure to print the application confirmation page with barcode

Step 2: Pay the fee and schedule a time to drop off the required documents. Go to the Applicant Service Center (ASC) website and create an account for each applicant, or sign into their existing account. Next, pay the application fee (MRV fee) and schedule a time to drop off the documents at the ASC.

The minor or senior does not need to be present for the ASC appointment.

Required documents include:

  • A valid passport,
  • Previous passports (if any) with current visa,
  • A valid photo (please access the photo specifications)
  • DS-160 visa application barcode confirmation page,
  • ASC appointment confirmation page, and a
  • Copy of parent’s valid visas (if applicable).

Step 3: The visa is processed and delivered; based on the preference indicated in the ASC registration you may pick it up at the ASC or receive it by mail.

Important Note: Please verify that you are submitting all the required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and documents will be returned to the applicant.

Remember: The U.S. Embassy and Consulates reserve the right to interview any applicant. To avoid travel delays, start the process as early as possible and do not make final travel plans until the visa has been approved and delivered.

 Safety and Security

All visitors and items brought into the Embassy or Consulates are subject to a complete search.

For security reasons, visa applicants and U.S. citizens are not allowed to enter the Embassy or Consulates with the following items:

  • Cell phones and other electronic devices (including, but not limited to smartwatches, fitness trackers, tablets, laptops, earphones, cameras, and other recording devices),
  • Any sharp objects (scissors, pen knives, nail files etc.) weapons, or explosive materials of any kind,
  • Cigarettes/cigars/matches/lighters,
  • Sealed envelopes or packages, or
  • Liquids/food (except for small quantities for babies/small children or applicants with medical necessity).

Bags, with the exception of one small purse or equivalent, are also not allowed.

On days when it is raining, applicants will be able to bring a small, collapsible umbrella with no sharp points into the Consular waiting areas. Large umbrellas will not be permitted.

Neither the Embassy nor the Consulates have storage facilities.

We strongly discourage you from bringing the above prohibited items. If you must bring these items 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 items left in their care.

Embassy and Consulate Locations

For addresses and directions to each of the Embassy and Consulate locations, consult the map to the right.

Parking: The U.S. Embassy and Consulates do not provide visitor parking. There are commercial parking spaces available near each location.

Appointments: Please arrive at the consulate at your appointment time. Applicants who arrive late or too early may not be admitted. To make an appointment please schedule at the ASC website.

If your passport with a valid U.S. visa has been stolen or lost, use the contact us form to report it missing.

If you wish to apply for a new visa, follow the application process described in the “Apply for a Visa” section above.

After attending the U.S. Embassy or Consulate interview, or submitting your documentation for renewal, you may track the adjudication status of your visa application at https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC or, if applicable, follow any local instructions given to you at the interview or Applicant Service Center (ASC).

If you have further concerns or issues, use the contact us form to reach us.

If you applied for a nonimmigrant visa and were refused under Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the decision cannot be reviewed or appealed.  However, you may reapply if you have additional evidence to demonstrate your qualifications for a visa.

More information is available at travel.state.gov.

For assistance with any of the following, please visit the Applicant Service Center (ASC) contact page for full information:

  • Account creation, including name errors
  • Appointment scheduling
  • MRV fee payment
  • Document delivery

To contact the Consular Section for information about any of the following, please complete the Contact Us form:

  • Lost or stolen passport with a nonimmigrant visa
  • Providing requested documents or information
  • Cases in administrative processing
  • Visa denials

We encourage you to carefully read the information provided on this website in order to find a quicker answer to your question.  Queries for which an answer is not provided here are usually answered within 3 to 5 business days.