Brazil visa requirements
FIRST STEP: Verify the type of Visa you are required to get according to the objectives for your trip.
2) Fill out the online form. You will need to upload the documents required for your type of visa, a recent passport-type photo (cannot be older than 6 months) that follows the ICAO standardand your signature.
It is mandatory that you upload all required documentation in order to apply. Failing to do so may result in a visa not being granted.
Note: BEFORE COMPLETING THE APPLICATION MARK THE BOX AS SHOWN BELLOW.
SECOND STEP: Print out the receipt, attach photo, purchase the money order (USPS Only) pertaining to your type of Visa and come to the Consulate to actually apply. It is mandatory that you bring hard copies of all required documents; even the ones you have already uploaded.
Citizens of Central African Republic, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, North Korea and Senegal applying for a visa are subject to prior consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brazil. Consultation will take at least 5 additional business days to process the visa application.
Certain types of visa that require consultation to the Brazilian Immigration Authorities (such as a VITEM I for volunteers, VITEM VI for media correspondents or VIPER based on retirement) do not have specific processing timeframe. The analysis of the visa application in Brazil takes an average of 2 to 3 months.
You can apply in person, by mail or by visa agency.
ISSUING, DENYING, TYPE & DURATION OF A VISA: The decision to issue or refuse to issue a visa, its type and its duration is at sole discretion of the Consulate General based on reciprocity and Brazilian law. The Consulate General does not disclose the reasons for its decisions.
A visa shall be denied to any foreign national that, when submitting her/his application, behaves in an aggressive, insulting or disrespectful way towards the Consular Authority or any Consulate employees.
If you have hired a visa agency to submit your application(s) all questions concerning your visa(s) must be addressed directly to them.
The return method of passports and visas cannot be changed from its initial choice.
Applications in person
To apply in person, you must bring your application to the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago, located at:
401 North Michigan Avenue, suite 1850
· Chicago, Illinois 60611
Applications will be accepted from Monday to Friday, between 9 and 11 am, on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no appointments.
You must bring:
- All the original documents required for your type of visa
- One recent official passport-size photo that follows the ICAO standard. It can be the same photo you uploaded to the online form. Selfies are unacceptable.
You will need to present all your paperwork to a Consular agent, who will check it and give you a pick-up slip. If you prefer to, you can bring a pre-paid, self-addressed USPS envelope to have your documents returned to you.
If you are unable to come to the Consulate in person, you can have a third party, such as a friend, a family member, or a co-worker to apply on your behalf.
Processing time for visas applied for in person is 10 business days.
Pick up time is from 12 to 1 pm only.
Applications by mail
Only residents in the Chicago Consulate jurisdictioncan apply by mail to the Consulate-General of Brazil in Chicago. You must mail your documents to the following address:
- 401 North Michigan Avenue, suite 1850
- Chicago, Illinois 60611
The Consulate can only accept mail from USPS. Applications sent by any other carriers (e.g. UPS, Fedex, etc) will be returned.
You must include in your envelope:
- One recent passport-sized photo that follows the ICAO standard. It can be the same photo you uploaded to the online form. Selfies are unacceptable.
- A pre-paid, self-addressed USPS envelope for return of documents
Processing time for visas applied for by mail is 15 business days. That excludes weekends, holidays and time in the mail.
Applications by Visa Agency
You may choose to apply using a visa agency. The Consulate does not endorse any agency and is not responsible for their services. No visa agency is allowed to offer expedited services at this Consulate.
Applications by visa services will be accepted from Monday to Friday, between 9 and 10:30 am, on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no appointments.
Processing time for applications by visa agency is 15 business days.
Consulado-Geral do Brasil em Chicago - 401 North Michigan Avenue, suite 1850 - Chicago, IL - 60611
Ministério das Relações Exteriores - Esplanada dos Ministérios Bloco H Anexo | CEP 70170-900 Brasília DF