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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&#145m told I can&#145t 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&#145t, 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&#145s 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&#145t Brazilians flush toilet paper down the toilet when they&#145re done with it? At first, I followed the local custom, but after a while, I suspected there was no reason why toilet paper couldn&#145t be flushed there, just as it is in the USA. So I started flushing my used toilet paper and I&#145ve 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@www.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: So 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 Cahaca 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&#145s 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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  1. DHRUV DAVE says:

    HI MY NAME DAVE I AM AN INDIAN AND I AM LIVING IN BRAZIL ON A TOURIST VISA FOR 5 MONTHS AND MY VISA EXPIRES IN 1 MONTH .

    IF I WANT TO STAY MORE CAN I APPLY FOR A STUDENT VISA FROM BRAZIL ITSELF OR I HAVE TO GO BACK AND APPLY? .

    IF I OVERSTAY THEN WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUECES I WILL HAVE TO FACE ?.

    WILL I BE DENIED FROM ANY KIND OF VISA NEXT TIME WHEN I APPLY ?

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