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  • #225237

    210406
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    I don’t live near a Brazilian consulate so how do I obtain a visa before leaving the States? Or is it simpler to get one while traveling in other South American countries? Also I see from other posts that it can be complicated to stay when tourist visas expire and, as I am planning to live there indefinitely I’d like to know how this works. I will be traveling for a bit while deciding where to live(definitely on the coast as I am in marine biology). Any info appreciated! Jordana

  • #225240

    Jordana, you don’t have to personally visit a consulate to obtain a tourist visa. You can mail in your app, payment, and passport, and then your passport w/visa will be returned to you. However, you must include the postage paid return envelope. I recommend you send, and then also have the return postage via Express Mail, not regular mail. BTW… the US consulates only accept mail via the USPS, not by any carriers like Fedex, UPS, DHL….
    See the site below to figure out which consulate has jurisdiction over the state where you live in the US. Be sure to read the instructions carefully! Items such as payment can ONLY be by a US Postal money order are important to pay attention to. Have fun in Brasil!

    Brazilian Consulates in the US

    EDIT: As far as your ‘indefinite’ plan goes… get hitched or pregnant is an option, or just hang out until the next amnesty is offered. But don’t hold your breath on the latter option happening anytime soon.
    Gringo.Floripa2012-10-30 21:36:49

  • #225578

    Milyminuano
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    contact me if you need help

  • #225730

    lynchem
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    [QUOTE=Gringo.Floripa]
    Jordana, you don’t have to personally visit a consulate to obtain a tourist visa.¬† You can mail in your app, payment, and passport, and then your passport w/visa will be returned to you.¬† However, you must include the postage paid return envelope.¬† I recommend you send, and then also have the return postage via Express Mail, not regular mail.¬† BTW… the US consulates only accept mail via the USPS, not by any carriers like Fedex, UPS, DHL….See the site below to figure out which consulate has jurisdiction over the state where you live in the US.¬† Be sure to read the instructions carefully!¬† Items such as payment can ONLY be by a US Postal money order are important to pay attention to.¬† Have fun in Brasil!Brazilian Consulates in the USEDIT: As far as your ‘indefinite’ plan goes… get hitched or pregnant is an option, or just hang out until the next amnesty is offered.¬† But don’t hold your breath on the latter option happening anytime soon.
    [/QUOTE]
    Funny, American’s having to visit the consulate in person?? Go figure lol

  • #225939

    210406
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    Thanks for the info! When I called the consulate they said I had to come in person or hire a visa agency. I knew that couldn’t be right! I always try to do everything myself as it’s usually cheaper.

  • #225940

    Which consulate did you call, and where do you live?
    If you like to do things ‘cheaper’, consider… travel expense + lodging expense (+ personal time wasted) versus all of $40 for Express Mail, to/from, postage paid, delivered to your door. No-brainer!

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    yasodara
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