US territories no longer require US citizens to secure a visa when visiting, however, Brazil is not a territory that is why a visa is required when you are planning to go to Brazil.
Where Should You Apply
Consular Jurisdictions is the US consulates of Brazil. There are nine consulates of Brazil in the country and only one embassy located in Washington, DC. You have to look for the consulate specifically in charge of the state of your residence if you want to apply for a visa, you only need to present a valid driver’s license.
The jurisdictions are:
- Atlanta Consulate: Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi
- Boston Consulate: Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire
- Chicago Consulate: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, South Dakota
- Hartford, CT Consulate: Rhode Island, Connecticut
- Houston Consulate: Colorado, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma
- Los Angeles Consulate: Hawaii, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Utah, US Pacific Islands, Wyoming, Southern California (Kern, Imperial, Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, San Diego, Ventura counties, Santa Barbara)
- Miami Consulate: Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Florida
- New York Consulate: Bermuda, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
- San Francisco Consulate: Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Central and Northern California (all counties included except for those that listed are for Los Angeles)
- Washington, DC Embassy: Delaware, Washington, DC, Kentucky, North Carolina, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia
Brazil Visa – Types
Just like other foreign countries, there are also various types of Brazil visa:
- Tourist Visa (“VITUR”)– this is issued to people whose purpose of visit is to sightsee, visit family and friends, eco-tours, amateur contests participation or taking some classes that are non-educational
- Business Visa Type II (“VITEM II”)– there are five different categories of Business Visa, however, the most common business visa is the Type II which is for people who are going to the country for site visits, attend conferences, meetings or other general business.
- Business Visa Type I (“VITEM I”) – this type of visa are issued to those who are going to the country for any type of medical treatment, research and exchange student program.
- Business Visa Type V (“VITEM V”) – issued to people who are going to perform “technical support” such as equipment installation or maintenance work.
Validity of Brazil Visas
US citizens can be issued a 10 year multiple entry to Brazil where you can stay for 90 days and 180 days in a year maximum .
Even if your passport expires and you renew it before your visa validity ends, you can still use your Brazil visa as long as you bring both your passports when travelling.
When to Apply
Sometimes, it depends on the consulate jurisdiction, some consulates may take weeks to process visas and among the slowest is San Francisco because they require applicant to set an appointment which may take weeks and another few weeks for the release.
Since the validity of a Brazil is 10 years, there is no restriction or deadline as to when you should travel.
There are most applicants in the consulates during winter because of the Carnival which happens before Lent.
Tips on Application
- Application form must be completely filled-out online. Make sure to print and sign and submit it with your current passport, photo and other documents. Application forms expire that is why you need to submit it upon completion.
- You need to have a Brazilian sponsor (hotel/business contact or tour operator and you have to disclose their name and full address)
- You need both to upload your passport photo and have a hard copy of it
- A digital photo of signature is also needed
- Printed applications are one page and functions as your receipt
- Sign your application in black or blue ink only