Authorized Work Permit

Brazil Visa Vitem V Authorized Work Permit – U.S. Citizen
VITEM V – Requirements check-list:
(standard work visa: for applicants with a valid work permit authorization* granted by the Brazilian Ministry of Labor)

  • A) Applicant’s Passport: original, valid for at least another 6 months on submission date, with at least two blank side-by-side visa pages. The Consulate reserves the right not to accept soiled, damaged, or defaced passports. Amendments and Endorsements pages are for the sole use of issuing country authorities and visas will not be placed on those pages;
  • B) Visa Application Form: printed receipt of the visa application form filled out and successfully submitted online duly signed by the passport holder (or parents/legal guardian of a minor) and with the photo glued on the appropriate boxes.

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  • C) Photograph: one recent, clear, front view, in color, professional 2″x2″ passport photo of the applicant with a plain white or off-white background.


  • FEES: Individual money order from the United States Postal Service in the exact amount for each visa requested listing applicant’s name on the section “From”.

Example: John will come in person to submit 2 visa applications: 1 for himself (American) and 1 for his Norwegian coworker. During his appointment he must have 2 USPS money orders: one from him in the amount of US$ 290.00 (US$ 100.00 basic visa fee and US$ 190.00 reciprocity processing fee); one from his coworker in the amount of US$ 120.00 (US$ 100.00 basic visa fee and US$ 20.00 handling fee).

  • D) Birth certificate*: original, certified copy, or notarized copy of birth certificate listing parent’s names, date, and place of birth.
  • G) FBI Clearance*: which must:
  • Be  issued within the past 60 days on a standard letterhead with contact information of the issuing authority;
  • Have sufficient information about the applicant to determine it is not a homonym. Examples: full name, residential address, date of birth, identification document (passport, driver’s license or state ID), social security number;
  • Reflect where the applicant has lived in the past 12 months and match the applicant’s proof of address.

Note 1: Those that have lived in the United States within the last 12 months must present a standard police clearance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation – FBI listing applicant’s full name, address and last 4 digits of a social security number.
NOTE 2: If the visa was authorized under RNs 71/06, 72/06, or 81/08, the police clearance may be substituted by a notarized original letter from the Brazilian company who is sponsoring the work visa stating under the sanctions of the law that the applicant does not have a criminal record and assuming full responsibility for its conduct while operating in Brazilian waters.
If the visa application will not be submitted in person:

  • E) Proof of jurisdiction: notarized copy of driver’s license, utility bill, lease, or bank statements.

If the not applying with a US passport:

  • F) Proof of Legal Residency: notarized copy of visa, permanent resident card, or US passport or US birth certificate.
  • G) Proof of Health Insurance: Copy of front and back of health insurance card valid in Brazil and a letter from the insurance company stating that insurance is valid in Brazil

If you already have a valid visa on another passport (This applies even if your previous passport was canceled):

  • K) Passport with the valid visa and a notarized letter from the applicant requesting the cancellation of the valid visa. If the previous visa was authorized by the Ministry of Labor, the work permit must have its status as canceled on the Ministry of Labor’s website.

If you will be applying for a visa on a passport issued by Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Nepal, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria or Taiwan:

  • L) Detailed information on the applicant’s place of lodging in Brazil (hotel reservation or letter from Brazilian host), flight, and notarized bank statements reflecting the past 3 months are required.


  • Documents not issued by American or Brazilian authorities must be legalized by the Brazilian consular office with jurisdiction over its place of issuance;
  • Documents not issued in English, Portuguese, Spanish or French must also be accompanied by a translation done by a sworn translator in Brazil, by competent translator acknowledged in the country the document was issued and legalized by the Brazilian consular office with jurisdiction over its place of issuance or by Diplomatic Representation of the country that issued the document in the US.
  • If approved, on average it takes 30-90 days to obtain a work permit. Once approved, on average it takes one week for the authorization to be published.
  • Status of a work permit process can be verified on the Ministry of Labor’s website (
  • The work permit authorization is usually available to the consular office assigned to it about a week after it was published in Brazil. Only then you may contact the Visa Department to confirm if the work permit is available at this consulate or not (


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