Looking to get your US Visa at the US Embassy or Consulate in Brazil?
Below you will find reviews from others who have, including turnaround times, and appointment wait times.
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Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A good spot to renew if you're remote working or looking for tropical weather and caipirinhas. You'll need some time on your hands compared to other spots. Rio requires three appointments start to finish: 1. biometrics 2. consular interview (both 1 and 2 scheduled when you submit your DS160) and 3. passport collection (you can't schedule this until they've finished processing). The process is all relatively predictable but for the third appointment for pick up. Depending on your luck the next appointment might be the following day, or another 5 days out, just for them to hand your passport back. This might be overcome by using their express delivery option. My renewal processing took 7 days, but from the first biometrics appointment to actual passport pick up, it was close to two weeks.
- Scott (about 1 year ago)
The consulate in Rio requires three appointments: one for biometrics (fingerprints and photograph), one for the interview itself, and one for passport collection. The consulate interview must be at least one day after biometrics collection. After the interview, I was notified 2-3 business days that I could book the passport collection appointment, and was able to collect my passport the next day. Biometrics and passport collection takes place in a separate ASC location (near Ipanema) from the consulate. Your can take your phone into the ASC location, but not into the consulate. The consulate does not have lockers for your phone, but there are people outside who will look after your phone for 10 reals - they are trustworthy and returned my phone immediately.
- Alex (about 8 months ago)
Stay in Ipanema
- (about 8 months ago)
Went in for our biometrics on Wednesday, went to consulate on Thursday and Monday 9am got an email to say our passports were ready for pickup.
- Marina (Saker) (about 6 months ago)
- (about 6 months ago)
Simple process, fast turn around. Two appointments are needed (fingerprinting and then the visa interview). Both can be done in the same day if speed is a priority. Asked for an expedited pick up on the visa and they had it ready next day.
- Andrew (about 6 months ago)
São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Be aware that the U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo requires the biometrics to be done at a different location prior to the visa interview.
- Marco (about 8 months ago)