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How to Obtain a Brazil Tourist Visa Quickly  July 17, 2021 – 04:46 pm
How to Get a Brazil Tourist Visa at the Atlanta Consulate | Visa

Each day, I get asked, "How do I get Brazil visa quickly?" Well, there is no easy answer. The Brazilian government follows a reciprocity policy in their foreign diplomacy. In other words, it means that they make the process of obtaining visas for US citizens as hard as it is for Brazilians to get US visas. But, what does it mean for an average US citizen who has decided to explore this amazing country in Southern hemisphere?

Here's the crucial four-step process:

  1. Where? There are 10 Brazilian consulates in the US. Each issues visas to citizens from certain states. For example, if you live in Florida, you have to apply with the consulate in Miami. If you are in Houston and want to apply there, you will not be able to, because the consulate in Houston does not have jurisdiction over residents for Miami. See the list of consulates below in this article.
  2. How long does it take? After you establish which consulate to use, you'll need to know how long the application process takes. Please don't make any ticket purchases until you figure out processing times. Over 80% of people applying make this mistake, only to end up panicking. So how long does it take? For some, it is easier than others and will vary by the consulate. For example, in Houston is happens as quickly as in the same day, whereas if you're in the San Francisco jurisdiction, it could take up to three weeks. If you are in a time crunch, a professional visa expediting agency could help you, as they may have special relationships with various consulates and can help override the barrier to help quicken the process.
  3. How do you submit the visa? After you have applied and received the documents, submitting it is the last step and it may be an arduous task. Most consulates require either personal delivery or via third party. You yourself can't just mail the documents and expect them to come back in the mail. Check with your local jurisdiction, as this requirement also varies. (For example, Atlanta allows you to mail paperwork directly to them, but Los Angeles or San Francisco do not!)
  4. Read the requirements carefully. Fourth, you need to read each visa requirement very closely. If you miss any, the process could be delayed. Here are all the requirements and what to pay attention to:

Application Requirements

  • Your US Passport. You must mail in your US passport. You can not mail a copy! Your passport must be valid 6 months beyond your return from Brazil. If it is not, you must renew it first. Also, many people have their passports for a few years, but fail to sign them! Make sure yours is signed. The Brazil consulate will not accept your documents otherwise. Also, if your passport is full of stamps, make sure you have at least two "visa" designated pages blank before applying for Brazil.
  • One passport-style photo. Make sure you use a professional-looking and quality 2x2 photo. Do not attempt to take your own and use it for the visa, a low quality photo will only prolong the process.
  • Online Brazil visa application: Each applicant must complete an online application. After it is completed, print the one page confirmation sheet, which will contain a 12-digit protocol number (e.g. 168). It will have two squares, one for the photo and one fora signature. Please glue or tape the photo over photo square. Don't staple it! Then, sign in the signature box — not outside of it, through it, or below it, but exactly inside of. Sign it correctly, as this is one of the most common mistakes people make.
  • Copy of your driver's license. This is the main document that decides which consulate you have to apply with. If you do not have driver's license, a major utility bill (e.g. gas, power, garbage removal) can also be used to establish your residence address. Do not include your original license, as a copy is sufficient. After all, you want to keep it to be able to drive.
  • Travel itinerary. This is the most misunderstood requirement. You do not have to purchase the ticket, but need just a travel reservation of your itinerary. If you use Orbitz to buy tickets, then yes, you have to purchase it to have an itinerary. However, if you use travel agent, they can make a reservation for you and hold it. So, a print out of that itinerary will work for your application. It should show entry to and from Brazil. If you fly to Argentina and then enter Brazil by fee near Iguassu Falls, you must write a statement explaining this. Basically, you need to show your trip schedule from your home to Brazil, and then back home.
  • Consular fee payment: The Brazil consulate accepts only USPS money orders as form of payment! No exception will be made. US citizens pay $140 for for a Brazil visa if applied in person or $160 if they use their relative or a visa expediter. (The extra $20 is a so-called "absentee" fee.) The good thing about using a visa expediting professional is that they purchase the money order for you so you don't have to wait in lines at the postal office.

Additional Requirements

Source: wanderwisdom.com

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