• Birth Certificates Required for Work and Residence Visa Applications
  • June 7, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • All applicants for Brazilian work and residence visas will eventually be required to present their birth certificate as part of the consular filing, under a new Brazilian government policy. The requirement is being gradually rolled out, and is already in effect at some consulates. Adult applicants will not need to present birth certificates for business or tourist visa applications.

    Brazilian officials require all visa applicants to provide their parents’ full names on their application form. The birth certificate requirement is intended to verify that the information provided on application forms matches the names included in official government documents. Previously, only visa applications for dependent children were required to include a birth certificate.

    Foreign nationals are advised to confirm requirements for their case with their immigration provider. Some consulates are currently accepting notarized copies of birth certificates, while others are requiring originals. Certain consulates are also requiring legalized, original birth certificates. Birth certificates may be required for cases currently in process, and delays should be expected in those instances, especially in countries where authorities take several months to issue birth certificates.