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Ask a Brazilian: Visas and Toilets

October 9, 2012

This is our regular column called "Ask a Brazilian", the idea being that you can quite literally ask a question of a Brazilian - for those issues you aren't sure about but perhaps dare not ask someone else. It is meant as a bit of fun and answers should not be construed as expert opinion or the definitive reply on the matter. For that reason we ask you to please send your own comments and experiences in order to add to our replies.

Hi I would like to ask a couple of questions if I may. I was reading your article this time about Business Visas, as I have been trying to find out how to get a Permanent Visa. I am married to a Brazilian Lady and have asked a number of times how do I get a Permanent Visa so I can stay in the country longer than 120 days. I‘m told I can‘t at least until we have been married for five years. Also I wanted to open a bank account as I have a CPF card but again Im told I can‘t, I wanted to buy a home there and spend my summers in Brazil but everyone is making things difficult. Am I being mislead? Do you have any suggestions other than the Business Visa? Thanks for your time

-- Jay in the USA


Hi Jay,

You should be able to get a Permanency Visa based on your marriage. Check with the nearest Brazilian consulate to you in the USA, as this process is usually completed quickest outside of Brazil.

The 5 year figure sounds like it might be confused with the citizenship requirement, for which you need to live in Brazil for 5 years.

Opening a bank account in Brazil is needlessly complicated, and is often a case of the branch manager‘s decision. Although in theoretical terms only the minimum of ID is required, it is often a lot more e.g. further proof of address, visa, passport.

Best of luck,

Marco

Why don‘t Brazilians flush toilet paper down the toilet when they‘re done with it?

At first, I followed the local custom, but after a while, I suspected there was no reason why toilet paper couldn‘t be flushed there, just as it is in the USA. So I started flushing my used toilet paper and I‘ve not had any problem.

-- Lance


Hi Lance,

Brazilian toilets clog! Typically if you go to to the toilet in Brazil and flush the toilet paper it will eventually all emerge back and... well, you will not flush your toilet paper anymore.

Where is the toilet you found that has no such problem? Can I go there?

Vanessa Agricola

Are there any burning questions you have about Brazil, or other issues that you're curious about, such as Brazilian culture? If so, send your questions to gringoes@gringoes.com


Previous articles in this series:

Ask a Brazilian: Meu Amor
Ask a Brazilian: Birthdays and Relationships
Ask a Brazilian: Tourism and Gestures
Ask a Brazilian: Manners and Jealousy
Ask a Brazilian: Hotels and Missed Dates
Ask a Brazilian: Renting
Ask a Brazilian: Couples and Separate Rooms
Ask a Brazilian: Investments and Lateness
Ask a Brazilian: Sao Paulo Safety
Ask a Brazilian: Family Closeness
Ask a Brazilian: Jealousy
Ask a Brazilian: Waxing and Electronics
Ask a Brazilian: Nails and Spanish
Ask a Brazilian: Easter and Surnames
Ask a Brazilian: Tipping
Ask a Brazilian: House Buying and Apartment Entry Problems
Ask a Brazilian: UK Visa Issues
Ask a Brazilian: Dating in Brazil
Ask a Brazilian: Gossip
Ask a Brazilian: A Question of Race
Ask a Brazilian: Real Estate Scam
Ask a Brazilian: Corruption and Lula
Ask a Brazilian: Lacking Change and I Touch Myself
Ask a Brazilian: Leather and Telephones
Ask a Brazilian: Tampons
Ask a Brazilian: Treatment of Animals
Ask a Brazilian: A Brazilian CV
Ask a Brazilian: Well-to-do Ladies
Ask a Brazilian: Gender Stereotypes
Ask a Brazilian: All Souls Day and Halloween
Ask a Brazilian: Answering a Question
Ask a Brazilian: Revoked Visa
Ask a Brazilian: Pedestrian Problems
Ask a Brazilian: Trash
Ask a Brazilian: Tiles
Ask a Brazilian: Headlights
Ask a Brazilian: Differences and Love
Ask a Brazilian: What Do the Police Do?
Ask a Brazilian: Contractor Frustrations
Ask a Brazilian: English Books and Brazilian Boys
Ask a Brazilian: Cold Caçhaca
Ask a Brazilian: Interruptions
Ask a Brazilian: Travel and Security Concerns
Ask a Brazilian: Gestures and Toys
Ask a Brazilian: Hispanics or Latinos, and Duvets
Ask a Brazilian: Overbearing Sogros
Ask a Brazilian: Hotels and Bank Transfers
Ask a Brazilian: Swimming, Showers and New Year‘s
Ask a Brazilian: Making Friends
Ask a Brazilian: Female Etiquette
Ask a Brazilian: Washing Machines
Ask a Brazilian: Picking Teeth
Ask a Brazilian: Lozenge or Candy?
Ask a Brazilian: Liberal or Jealous?
Ask a Brazilian: Truck Wheels
Ask a Brazilian: Tolerance
Ask a Brazilian: Screens
Ask a Brazilian: Brazilian Wax
Ask a Brazilian: Flashing Lights
Ask a Brazilian: Lemon and Limes
Ask a Brazilian: Shocking Showers

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