Missionary Work Visa (Temporary Visa VII)
Ministers or members of religious orders must apply for this visa before entering Brazil (RN 39/1999/CNIg).
Applicants must have lived in New Zealand for at least 1 year prior to the application.
In certain cases, the Embassy must first apply for an authorisation from the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations before issuing the visa.
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).
From the religious institution in Brazil:
- Certified copy of the Brazilian entity’s latest minutes of incorporation (ata de constituição);
- Certified copy of document recognizing the legal authority of the religious order’s Principal to
act on behalf of the order (comprovante de poderes de representação legal de seu dirigente);
- Notarised declaration from the entity stating that it will take full (including financial) responsibility for your stay throughout your entire trip, and that it will be responsible for the costs of your repatriation.
From the applicant:
1. Passport, valid for at least 6 (six) months and containing at least 4 (four) blank visa pages. Please note that the amendment pages are not intended for visas;
2. Copy of the applicant's birth certificate;
3. Original declaration of ordainment and/or academic transcripts (or equivalent documents) that certify your religious education. These documents must be legalised by the Embassy of Brazil – see Legalisation of Original Documents;
4. A curriculum vitae;
5. A notarised declaration, signed by the applicant, stating that no activities will be conducted in native Indian territory, unless authorise by FUNAI (Brazilian National Indian Foundation). This declaration must be legalised by the Embassy of Brazil in Wellington – see Legalisation of Original Documents;
6. Original police clearance certificate issued within the last 90 days;
7. Photocopy of round trip ticket to Brazil or ticket in transit, with flight numbers, dates and itinerary. Instead of a ticket, the Embassy will also accept a signed letter from the carrier or travel agent, on company letterhead, with the name of the vessel (in case of ships), itinerary, dates of arrival in and departure from Brazil;
8. Proof of residence within NZ for the past 12 months - in the form of a phone bill, power bill, bank statement, or valid New Zealand Residency Visa;
9. Self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of the passport. The Consular Sector recommends that applicants use mail/courier services that provide a tracking number.
The Embassy may at any time request further information or additional documents as deemed necessary.
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 Missionary 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.
- 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.
- Please note that the Consulate DOES NOT ISSUE SAME DAY VISAS, unless in case of a documented medical emergency.
- 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.