Family Reunion Visa – VIPER
The following are eligible to apply for a permanent visa (Family Reunion) in order to join an immediate family member (Brazilian citizen or holder of a Brazilian permanent visa)
- unmarried child under 21 years of age
- unmarried child under 24 years of age, if attending university or pursuing graduate/post-graduate studies (eligibility depends on reciprocity of conditions ruling same circumstances in country of citizenship)
- disabled child
- unmarried under-21 year old orphaned sibling, grandchild or great-grandchild
- unmarried under-24 year old orphaned sibling, grandchild or great-grandchild, if attending university or pursuing graduate/post-graduate studies (eligibility depends on reciprocity of conditions ruling same circumstances in country of citizenship)
- disabled sibling, grandchild or great-grandchild
- parents, if financial dependence is formally proven
If the applicant and requesting party have been married for less than 5 (five) years, the Pre-Authorisation Documentation must be sent to the Ministry in Brazil for approval. The Embassy of Brazil will then receive an authorisation to issue the applicant with a visa. Once we inform the applicant that their application has been approved, they may send us the Post Authorisation Documentation.
If the applicant and requesting party have been married for 5 years or over, the Embassy in Wellington may issue a Permanent Visa. In this case, the requesting party and applicant must present the Pre-Authorisation Documentation AND the Post Authorisation Documentation and apply for the visa in person at the Embassy. If the applicant is not able to collect the passport in person, a pre-paid self addressed courier envelope for the return of the passport through the post must be provided.
The applicant must submit authenticated copies*, or originals when stated, of the following documentation:
*Copies can be authenticated by a Justice of the Peace/Notary Public, or by the Embassy - in this case, please see Authenticated Copies
- Copy of the requesting party's personal Brazilian I.D. (carteira de identidade) or equivalent document;
- Copy of the applicant's marriage certificate, birth certificate, official dependency document or official court or state-issued document attesting to the relevant eligibility conditions;
- Copy of the relevant pages of the applicant's valid passport;
- Original Term of Responsibility (formal affidavit of obligation and support) for the applicant prepared and legalized by the requesting party at a notary public's office or at the Embassy, legalised by the Consular Sector – see Legalisation of Original Documents;
- Original Police Certificate issued by the Ministry of Justice, issued within the last 90 days.
Minors under 18 years of age:
- A copy of the minor’s birth certificate is required in all cases;
- Minors not travelling with both parents/guardians must provide a notarized letter of consent signed by the non-accompanying parent(s)/guardian(s) authorizing the Consulate to issue a visa. If the minor will travel alone to Brazil both the mother and the father must sign the authorization and have their signatures notarized.
- A certificate of vaccination against polio is required for children between ages of three months and six years. A notarized letter from the child's physician is required if the child cannot be inoculated.
The requirements listed above are not all-inclusive. During processing, the Embassy may request additional information or documentation.
All supporting documentation not issued in Brazil must be authenticated by the Embassy
Visa Application Form
The Visa Application form must be filled out online at http://scedv.serpro.gov.br. Once filled out and submitted, your online application form will be valid for thirty (30) days. After this period your online form will no longer be valid and it will be necessary to complete a new one.
- Click “Visa Request”
- Read the instructions
- Fill out the form as accurately and completely as possible
- Click “Submit” to receive your application number and receipt
- Print the Visa Form Delivery Receipt (Recibo de Entrega de Requerimento)
- Attach one passport sized photo, according to the photo requirements (do not staple it to the form)
- Sign the receipt in the square at the bottom of the form
- Either photocopy the receipt or write down the application number (protocolo número) and keep in a safe place (can be used to check at which stage of processing your application is at; see Processing Time
- EITHER post the duly completed and signed receipt to the Embassy of Brazil together with the required documentation (below) OR hand in the form in person to the Embassy during Consular opening hours, together with required ORIGINAL documentation (below).
1.Passport with at least six months' validity remaining, and at least four blank pages;
2.Copy of the requesting party's Brazilian same document of identification that was presented for the Pre-Authorisation Documentation above (eg. ID card, passport etc.);
3.Polio vaccination certificate (for children aged between 3 months and 6 years);
4.Self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of the passport. NB. A mail/courier service that provides a tracking number is strongly recommended – please keep a copy of the tracking number.
To see the visa fee, please consult the Table of Consular Fees.
An additional handling fee is incurred when the passport submitted for the issuance of a visa is not delivered by the applicant themselves or duly authorised immediate family member. The same fee also applies to applications submitted by postal and courier services. To see the handling fee, please consult the Table of Consular Fees.
An additional non-refundable reciprocity fee per visa applies to British, Emirati and American passport holders. For further details, please see the Table of Consular Fees.
To see at what stage of processing your visa application is at, go to http://scedv.serpro.gov.br
- Click “Check Visa”
- Fill in the form (the application number (protocolo número) can be seen on the application receipt (Recibo de Entrega de Requerimento))
- Click “Search”
Applications received through the post: fifteen (15) working days
Applications received in person: ten (10) working days
N.B. If the online application form is not filled out by the applicant themselves, the processing time will be up to thirty (30) days.
Application Process in Brazil
It is possible to apply for a Permanent Visa whilst in Brazil. The requesting party should contact the DPMAF (Ministry of Justice/Federal Police) branch with jurisdiction over the future place of residence to obtain appropriate instructions regarding the application process.
All visas must be issued outside of Brazil. Therefore if a Permanent Visa is authorised to an applicant that is already in Brazil, they must leave the country in order to receive the visa in their passport, re-enter on the condition of the Permanent Visa and register with the Federal Police Department.
- For certain passports, the bearer must enter Brazil within ninety (90) days from the date of issuance of the visa, or it will no longer be valid. To see the list of passports that require entry into Brazil within 90 days, please click here.
- Applications will only be accepted if all required documents are enclosed. Incomplete applications will be returned at the applicants' expense.
- It is possible to alter your online visa application. Go to http://scedv.serpro.gov.br and click “Update Visa Request Form”. Fill out the form and click “Search”. You can then alter your application form. Click “Submit” and then follow original instructions as above.
- Once your online visa application form has been submitted, it is possible to hand in the rest of the documentation and apply for the physical visa in any Brazilian Consular Representation. Your online form will be valid for thirty (30) days.
- Please note that the Consulate DOES NOT ISSUE SAME DAY VISAS, unless in case of a documented medical emergency.