Student Visa (Temporary IV)
This type of visa can be issued to individuals who intend to travel to Brazil as to study:
- As a short term student who is studying a determined course with an institution that is enrolled in the CPNJ (Cadastro Nacional de Pessoas Jurídicas). This includes language and technical courses, and study at all levels (primary, secondary, tertiary) (Item IV of the Article 13 of Legislation n. 6.815/80 – see #1)
- At graduate level, in an institution duly recognised by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture (Article 8 of the RN n. 82/2008/CNIg - see #2)
- At post graduate level, in an institution duly recognised by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture (Article 8 of the RN 82/2008/CNIg – see #3)
- As part of a “sandwich” exchange programme, in which the individual undertakes tertiary level study in Brazil as part of their studies for their home university (Article 8 of the RN n. 82/2008/CNIg – see #4)
- As part of an internship programme, when the student works in a supervised environment (Article 2 of the RN 88/2010/CNIg - see #5)
- In a theological programme at any level (Article 2 of the RN 39/1999/CNIg - see #6)
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, 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.A letter of enrollment from the educational institution in Brazil, confirming acceptance of the student and indicating the length of the course, number of hours per lesson and number of lessons per week. The signature on this letter must be legalised by a Notary Public (Tabelião) in Brazil;
4. For stays longer than 90 days, an original non-criminal record certificate issued by the Ministry of Justice in the last 3 months;
5. 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;
6. Proof of financial ability to support your stay in Brazil. This may be presented in the form of bank statements, credit card statements, or other documents that verify financial means of support. The Embassy will not accept letters from family members or friends that promise financial support. If the applicant is a recipient of a grant or scholarship, a notarized letter by the grantor institution on this regard must be provided;
7. 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;
8. 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.
* For non-New Zealand passports only. If the applicant cannot provide proof of residence in NZ, they must apply for their visa in person at the Consular Sector during the hours of public attendance. The passport does not have to be collected in person.
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 Student Visa applies to French, 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.
1. For short term courses:
a) If the applicant is a minor, both of the parents/legal guardians must sign an authorisation, allowing the minor to receive a visa and to travel to Brazil. The letter must indicate the person responsible for the minor’s stay in Brazil, and be authenticated by a Notary Public/Justice of the Peace.
2. Students at graduate level:
a) Proof of completion of secondary education, or equivalent document, duly legalised by the Embassy of Brazil - for more information, please see Legalisation of Original Documents;
b) Proof that the student passed an approved selection process in order to study at the institution;
c) Copy of the selection process report, which states the minimum grade requirements and that declares that the minimum requirements were met;
d) Proof of enrolment at an institution that is recognised by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture.
3. Students at post graduate level:
a) Proof of completion of under graduate studies, or equivalent document, duly legalised by the Embassy of Brazil - for more information, please see Legalisation of Original Documents;
b) Proof of enrolment at an institution that is recognised by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture.
4. For “sandwich” type programmes:
a) Proof that the student is still enrolled at an educational institution based outside of Brazil at a graduate/post graduate level;
b) Proof of enrolment or a reserved enrolment at an institution that is recognised by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture.
5. For interns:
a) Term of Responsibility between the intern, the Brazilian educational instituion and the intern's home institution;
6. Theological studies:
a) This visa must be applied for in person at the Embassy of Brazil in Wellington, regardless of nationality or place of residence;
b) Proof of enrolment or a reserved enrolment in a Brazilian religious institution that is in business and functioning.