How to Apply

It’s fast and easy to apply for a non-immigrant visa. The U.S. Government issues them from the Embassy in Brasilia, and the Consulates in Recife, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre. To apply, you will need some required documents and a photograph. Click on the sections below for specific information. Once you have these items, click “Next” for information on where to apply.

Complete the DS-160 online application form.  You will need to select the city where you wish to appear for an in-person interview, if necessary.  When you complete the application, please print out the confirmation page.

Attention! Before you start filling the DS-160, please make sure you annotate the Application ID and the answer to the security question that you will choose on your form. Both pieces of information are fundamental to access your DS-160 later, in case you need to interrupt filling it out, or if you need to modify or add any information after you have submitted the DS-160 electronically.

Please also make sure to have your passport, information about other U.S. visas you have had, if any, and any other documents relevant to your intended travel to the United States ready. You will need information in those documents as you fill out the application.

The photograph should be:

  • Taken within the last six months;
  • Two inches (50mm) square, with the head centered in the frame. The head (measured from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin) should measure between 1 & 1 3/8 inches (25mm to 35mm) with the eye level between 1 & 1/8 inch to 1 & 3/8 inches (28mm and 35 mm) from the bottom of the photograph. Photographs may contain a small (one-quarter inch) white border;
  • In color against a white or off-white background. Photographs taken in front of busy, patterned or dark backgrounds are not acceptable;
  • Unmounted, full face, with the face covering about 50% of the area of the photograph. In general, the head of the applicant, including both face and hair, should be shown from the crown of the head to the tip of the chin on top and bottom, and from hairline side-to-side. It is preferable that the ears be exposed.

Additional information about photographs:

  • Head coverings and hats are only acceptable due to religious beliefs, and even then, may not cover any portion of the applicant’s face;
  • Sunglasses or other wear which detracts from the face are not acceptable unless required for medical reasons (an eye patch, for example);
  • A photograph depicting a person wearing a traditional facemask or veil that does not permit adequate identification is not acceptable;
  • Photos of military, airline, or other personnel wearing hats are not acceptable. Photographs of applicants wearing tribal, national costume, or other headgear not specifically religious in nature are not acceptable;
  • Head-coverings are acceptable only when the applicant’s face is completely exposed;

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