Visa and Immigration Procedures

Most foreign exchange students need a student visa if they are staying for more than three months in Brazil. The exchange students must apply for the visa before they come to Brazil, submitting the original acceptance document (letter or declaration signed by the Office for Foreign and International Affairs Director) to the Brazilian Consulates in their home countries. The student visa is valid for one year, but if any exchange student needs to renew it, it is necessary to go to the Federal Police Department (Departamento de Polícia Federal – DPF) at least 30 days before expiration date.

Arriving in Brazil, all foreigners students must register at DPF within 30 days. If the student does not follow the registration deadline a fine will be charged for each day of delay. At the moment of registration, an Identity Card for Foreigners will be issued.

The necessary documents for registration are:

– Form DPF 154 and copy of the used pages of the passport or identity card. – 2 recent color photos 3x4cm on a white background; – Original visa application form; – Guia de Recolhimento da União (GRU) registration form and GRU foreigner card form;- GRU – Payment slip

The applicant must download and complete both GRU forms from the website using the codes 140082 and 140120. The fee (R$140,00) must be paid at any bank before going do the Federal Police Department.

The International Affairs Office is ready to assist you in case of doubt.


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