The Interview

Attend your interview appointment, if required, at our Embassy or Consulate.  You will need to bring the following:

  • Current valid passport;
  • Any old passports with previous visas; and
  • Any additional documents (see below) you feel are necessary for the visa interview.

In Porto Alegre, it is necessary to present a photo, following the requirements from the following link: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/photos.html.

Applicants aged 14 to 79 are required to appear in person at our Embassy or Consulate before a U.S. consular officer. Applicants 13 years old and younger and those aged 80  and over may be eligible to submit their application by courier (see below).

Applicants under age 14 or over age 79 are qualified for a waiver of interview.

Brazilian and Argentine applicants who are residents of Brazil, under age 14 or over age 79 applying for B1/B2 visas for tourism or business, and who have never been denied a visa are generally not required to schedule an interview at the Consulate or Embassy.

Applicants under age 14 and applicants over age 79 who do not qualify for an interview waiver must be fingerprinted.

The consular section reserves the right to interview applicants as necessary.

Only Brazilian citizens and Argentine citizens who are residents of Brazil may qualify for this interview waiver program.

Applicants who have had their passport lost or stolen do not qualify for a waiver of interview unless they have been issued another visa since the passport was lost/stolen.

According to the Immigration and Naturalization Law, all non-immigrant visa applicants must demonstrate to the consular officer that they have strong ties to their country of residence, and must show that they intend to depart the U.S. after their temporary visit.  While there is no specific list of documents to be provided or things that must be done in order to demonstrate strong ties outside of the United States, applicants may wish to bring a variety of materials that can assist in demonstrating these ties.  Such documents may include the following:

  • A labor card, personal income tax returns, pay stubs, marriage/birth certificates, bank statements, car documents, real estate deeds, school statements, letters from employers, and, for business owners or partners, company tax returns, a recently-printed certification of the CNPJ (national business registration number), etc.
  • Expired passports for yourself, as well as current and expired passports for others who may be traveling with you, especially if they are family members.  Current and expired passports for family members who will not travel with you can also be helpful.  If you anticipate that your old passport will be retained by the Brazilian Federal Police when you receive your new passport, you are advised to make a complete copy of your old passport first, and to bring that copy to the interview.
  • Any previous U.S. visas in your current or expired passport or a copy, especially if you are renewing the same type of visa that is still valid or expired less than 12 months ago (e.g. through a visa renewal programs).
  • If someone else will pay for your travel, then it can be important to bring documents demonstrating that person’s or organization’s ties outside of the United States, as well as documents that can help demonstrate the applicant’s own ties to his or her country of residence. The kinds of documents recommended above for applicants can also be brought in for sponsors.  In cases where the sponsor is based in the United States (e.g., a U.S.-based organization, an American citizen, or a Legal Permanent Resident in the U.S.), demonstrating ties outside of the United States may be more challenging (please see the Frequently Asked Questions page)

If you have not brought certain documents such as those listed above, it is possible that the Consular Officer will ask you to return with them on another day. In addition, in some cases, the Consular Officer may request documents that are not mentioned on this list in order for the applicant to demonstrate sufficient ties.

Please note that the submission of false or altered documents in support of a visa application will result in your visa being denied and/or your being declared permanently ineligible for a visa.  Moreover, document fraud is a federal crime in Brazil.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulates routinely provide Brazilian authorities, including the Brazilian Internal Revenue Service (Receita Federal), with falsified documents submitted by visa applicants for follow-up and/or prosecution.

As mentioned above, please be aware the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations state that applicants for F, M or J non-immigrant visas will not be issued a visa unless they have been registered by the school in the DHS Registration System, called SEVIS.

In addition, anyone with an F, M or J visa will not be admitted to the United Sates more than thirty days prior to the beginning of your program date, or start date, as given on your form I-20 (for F or M visas) or DS-2019 (for J visas). Please consider that date carefully when making your travel plans to the United States. For example, if your program start date is May 1, you may only travel to the United States on or after April 2.

For more information about both of these requirements, please click here.