TYPES OF VISAS
Note: All Tourist visa holders are not allowed to engage in any paid activity in Brazil.
BRAZIL TOURIST VISA SUB CATEGORIES
- Tourism trip;
- visit to relatives and/or friends;
- scientists, professors or researchers attending cultural, technological or scientific conferences, seminars.
- participation in artistic or amateur sport competitions, whenever no monetary prize or paid admission is involved.
Temporary Visa Type 1
- Scientists, professors, researchers, participants in cultural, technological or scientific missions. (services provided must not be paid for by a corporation or other legal entity based in Brazil, except for wages for services rendered, with the submission of a receipt);
- Scientists, technicians, researchers or volunteers under the umbrella of an international cooperation program;
- Interns and other unpaid trainees, bearers of scholarships receiving professional practice in Brazil;
- Exchange students;
- Technicians receiving training in the operation and maintenance of machinery or equipment produced in Brazil;
- Amateur athletes, under 21 year old, participating in training programs in Brazil;
- Provision of services to a religious or social assistance entity, without employment relationship with a corporation or other legal entity based in Brazil.
- Travelers with business purposes, except when the trip involves the provision of services of any nature in Brazil (in which case a Vitem V is mandatory). Business visas are issued to business travelers who possess signed import/export contracts or who are traveling to visit companies, make commercial contacts or evaluate investment opportunities;
- Media coverage or filming;
- Flight/ship crew members not holding an international crew card; and
- Adoption of a Brazilian child.
- Paid participation in athletic or performing arts events.
Temporary Visa Type 4
- Pursuing graduate or post-graduate academic studies in Brazil.
- Provision of services to the Brazilian Government, arising from an international agreement, contract or undertaking to which Brazil is a party;
- Employment contract with a corporation or other legal entity based in Brazil;
- Technical assistance services arising from a contract, cooperation agreement, services agreement, or similar instrument signed with a foreign corporation or other legal entity;
- Professional training, without an employment relationship, immediately after the completion of vocational training or university education;
- Medical residency in an educational institution accredited by the Ministry of Education and Recreation;
- Employees of foreign companies admitted to work in Brazil as trainees or interns at a subsidiary or Brazilian branch of the foreign company, provided that they are paid exclusively outside of Brazil by that foreign company;
- Foreign instructors or professors who intend to travel to Brazil for a period of training in foreign language instruction;
- Crew members of foreign vessels traveling to Brazil to operate in waters under Brazilian jurisdiction, as required under a charter, services or risk contract entered into with a Brazilian company;
- Crew members of foreign fishing vessels leased by Brazilian companies;
- Crew members or other professionals who perform paid activities aboard cruise vessels along the Brazilian coast, in the Amazon River basin, or in other inland waters.
- Media correspondents
- Travel for religious/missionary purposes.
- Family reunion;
- Transfer of residence following retirement;
- Personal investment in Brazil;
- Intra-company transferees to work as managers, directors, or executives;
- Job offer at a Brazilian research, scientific, or academic organization based on field of expertise;
- Manager or director of a religious or social assistance organization.
- Diplomatic or Official mission.
Address and phone numbers:
3009 Whitehaven Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Phone: (202) 238-2828
Fax: (202) 238-2818
DROP OFF AND PICK UP TIMES
- APPLICATION DROP-OFF FOR VISA AND OTHER DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING BRAZILIAN PASSPORTS AND DOCUMENTS TO BE LEGALIZED : FROM 8:00 AM TO 12:30 PM
- - PICK-UP OF VISA AND OTHER DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING BRAZILIAN PASSPORTS AND LEGALIZED DOCUMENTS : FROM 2:00 PM TO 4:00 PM
- Tourist VISA - 4 business days *
- Business Visa and other Temporary Visas - 4 business days
- Visa applications made by Visa Service Agencies - 4 business days
- Diplomatic/Official/Courtesy Visas - 1 business day
- Visa applications made by mail - 15 business days
RENEWAL OR ISSUE OF RNE CARD
Foreign Citizens who have a Permanent Visa application’s register number should not leave Brazil until they receive their Permanent Visa and the RNE card. Those who leave Brazil before receiving the RNE and hold only the register number must apply for a Tourist Visa before traveling back to Brazil, because the register number is not valid for entrance in Brazil.
Although the US Department of Homeland Security accepts the RNE as a valid identity document, some airline companies do not accept it nor the register number as a valid travel document.
If you have applied for a Permanent Visa and for a Brazilian RNE and are traveling out of Brazil only with the register number, or if you hold an expired Brazilian RNE or an expired register number, or if you hold a Brazilian RNE but do not have a Brazilian Permanent Visa stamped on your passport, you must to apply for a Tourist Visa.