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last updated on 2023-05-24 by Ronni

Phone Number: Phone: (0XX 21) 3823-2000 (Mwkaasj as of 4/2019)
E-Mail: U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro CONTACT US: (As of 4/2019) Av. Presidente Wilson, 147 Castelo Rio de Janeiro, RJ — 20030-020 Entrance at Rua Santa Luzia Immigrant visa inquiries: immigrationrio@state.gov Adoption inquiries: adoptionrio@state.gov U.S. congressional inquiries: congressrio@state.gov
Address: Avenida Presidente Wilson, 147 - Centro
Rio de Janeiro, RJ. (Mwkaasj as of 4/2019)
Working Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Monday through Friday
(except on U.S. and major Brazilian Holidays). (Mwkaasj as of 4/2019)
Best Contact Method: Schedule interview and pay fees at: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-br/iv

We have found that the vast majority of inquiries we receive are readily answered by information available in this website. However, if you wish to contact us, all inquiries must be sent by e-mail only.

Please do not send your e-mail inquiry more than once, as duplicate inquiries will delay our response time. We make every effort to respond within three working days.

If your inquiry concerns a visa that was not yet assigned a RDJ case number, you should first contact the NVC (National Visa Center), through the public inquiry form.
Approx Waiting Time for Interview After Consulate Recieves NVC Package: K1: After NVC issues the case number and mails packet to Consulate, the interview can be scheduled two months out to give the Consulate processing time. The NVC status must be: READY. About 24 hours after the NVC mails packet to Consulate, the status changes. IR-1/CR-1: We received the email from NVC 19 days after case complete with the interview date and time. The interview date itself was three weeks later.
Issues Packet 3?
Packet 3 Contains: ....IR-1/CR-1....

(May 2023 update)

About 21 after Documentarily Qualified (DQ) we got the interview date for a little over a month away. (May 23rd -> July 7th)

NVC sends an email with the interview date and time.
This email has all instructions and links necessary to schedule the medical exam appointment and biometrics appointment via CASV. I couldn't register my appointment at right away.

Medical needs to be scheduled to occur at least 7 days before the interview date so that the doctor can send the results to the consulate in Rio (R$40,00)

List of approved doctors are on the Rio Consulate website. > https://br.usembassy.gov/pt/visas-pt/vistos-de-imigrante/instrucoes-para-os-exames-medicos/

....K1.... (7/2019)

An email is sent from RIO IMMIGRATION or ImmigrationRio@state.gov to the Beneficiary after the Consulate processes the K1 Petition received from the NVC. Content of email is below with links noted.

- K1 Important Links:
DS160: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
Scheduling: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-br/iv/information/iv_services
Applicable Panel Physicians: https://br.usembassy.gov/visa/medical-examination-instructions
Applicant Service Center (ASC) info: https://ais.usvisa-info.com
Police Certificates: https://br.usembassy.gov/visas/list-public-security-secretariats/

- K1 Email as of 7/2019: (Nothing is mailed to the Beneficiary. Only E-Mail)
Please read the following Information carefully to ensure you are fully prepared on the day of your interview. In order to avoid any unnecessary delays, please bring all of the documents listed here.

Pay special attention to the documents below as these are the documents that can often delay visa applications if not submitted correctly.

· Recent Police Certificate from the Federal Police

· Recent Police Certificate from the “Secretaria de Segurança Pública” Here is the link for how to procure the correct police certificates: https://br.usembassy.gov/visas/list-public-security-secretariats/

Scheduling process step-by-step:

1- Fill out the DS-160 . A completed DS-160 is required for every applicant.

2- Register at the scheduling site. You will need your case number that was provided to you by the National Visa Center (NVC)- this is a 10-digit number that will most likely begin with “RDJ.” Make sure you are in the “Immigrant Visa” section of the website and select the option that states: “I HAVE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE CONSULAR SECTION WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REGISTER OR SCHEDULE A K VISA APPOINTMENT.”

3- Choose your preferred delivery option for receiving the visa if your application is approved and enter your address if you choose home delivery. If you wish, you may choose to pick up your visa at one of the Applicant Service Centers (ASC/CASV).

4- Pay the required fee. Every applicant is required to pay the fee.

5- Schedule an appointment for your interview at the United States Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro and an appointment to provide your fingerprints and photograph at one of the ASC offices prior to your interview at the Consulate.

6- Print your confirmation page and bring it to the Consulate General on the day of your immigrant visa interview.

All K visa applicants, regardless of age or gender, must have a medical examination with one of our authorized panel physicians before their interview at the Consulate General. We recommend you schedule your medical exam at least one week prior to your interview date. A list of the panel physicians and additional instructions are available here.

Please note that you must complete the procedures described above for each dependent in your case. For example, if you are applying with your two children, you will need to follow these steps three separate times--one time for each person applying.

Issues Packet 4? No
Packet 4 Contents (if known): K1 Visas: As of 7/2019 no Packet 4.
Forms to Consulate? K1 Visas: Nothing is mailed to the Consulate. You personally take all documents with you to the K1 Interview. If the interview is not approved during the initial interview, there may be specific instructions that you need to follow directed by the Consulate at the time of your interview. These request would be a case by case basis to resolve any Consulate concerns to reach approval.
Other Forms (if any)? Complete DS160 at website: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/?TSPD_101_R0=5ac153b6447acd97b25b13cc1b64b159aiC0000000000000000aafd8ac8ffff00000000000000000000000000005cc3340d0054c14bbb

Same for CR-1/IR-1, complete DS-260 and upload documents at NVC stage via CEAC.
Direct Consular Filing Offered? Yes
If DCF Allowed: For all or only US citizen lawfully resident in country? All
Can fiance(e)/spouse attend interview? Yes
Visa fee payment "same day" or "in advance"? Advance
Did embassy schedule interview or could you walk-in? Embassy Scheduled
Visa issued same day? No
If not what's the waiting period? 5-10 days. The beneficiary can choose between picking it up or having it sent through mail. The service used is DHL, which is an extra fee paid alongside the fee paid at the Centro de Atendimento ao Solicitante de Visto (CASV) website. (R$ 62,00) NOTE: Recently I was approved for a K-1 visa and the delivery was through Correios (SEDEX). Not sure if it has changed to all visa categories and all destinations within the country. Up to 7 business days. Pay SEDEX at post office near consulate. ***Note on Interview*** The Embassy does not schedule it. The Beneficiary/Petitioner schedule it through the CASV website, after paying for the U$ 265.00 fee.
Is the Medical exam same day as interview? Prior to Interview
Cost of Medical Exam? May 2023 update:

Dr. Aurelio Garrido (Rio de Janeiro)
Consultation: R$800,00 (cash, PIX or bank transfer (48h prior))

Chest X-Ray: R$ 170,00 *can be paid with credit card also*(only X-Ray)
Blood Test: R$ 75.00. Urine: 221.20

Vaccines (MMR and Tdap at the private clinic appointed by the doctor): R$ 300,00

US$180 - this is an estimate that includes JUST the medical appointment itself.

There is an additional cost for blood tests and x-rays. These vary a great deal according to the city/state the beneficiary attends the appointment. Rio: $120 USD

Check with your doctor if you can use your health insurance plan for the the exams.

Prices for Dr. Pauli Ricardo Furbetta (Sao Paulo) May / 2016:

Appointment: USD 180 which include examination and urine test if necessary (it can be payed in Brazilian currency money with the exchanged currency for the day).

X-ray and blood test can be performed JUST at Fleury Laboratory at Vila Nova Conceicao neighborhood (Avenue Republica do Libano, 990 - Vila Nova Conceicao - in front of Ibirapuera Park).

You can pick up your medical package during the week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 1PM - 5PM at the office of the doctor). Or, if you want them to send it to the Consulate, you pay R$40 (average).
This list of doctors may be out-dated, for up-to-date list of doctors, visit the Rio Consulate website and go click on List of Doctors or try to copy and paste the following link in your address bar:


In order to be eligible for an immigrant visa, you and your accompanying relatives included in the process must undergo a medical examination. It is necessary to conduct blood tests, a chest x-ray, vaccinations and a physical exam (including basic gynecological and breast examination).

The applicants must present their passport to the doctor and to the lab as proof of identity. If the passport is not available, the Brazilian ID or the equivalent for non-Brazilian citizens can be used.

Applicants should present 10 (ten) 3x4cm pictures to the doctor at the moment of the clinical examination and inform the case number. Please bring your appointment letter to the medical examination, if available.
The doctor's fee is paid directly by the applicant. It cannot exceed the amount listed in our schedule of fees. Laboratory fees are also paid by the applicant.
The medical examination is generally valid for 6 (six) months. In some cases the validity is only 3 (three) months. This generally occurs when the applicant has some specific medical issue.

Note: Medical Examination Confidentiality Statement

See below the certified doctors' addresses, listed by city:

Belo Horizonte:

Dra. Juliana Barbosa Can�ado
Rua dos Otoni, 927/ 602 � Bairro Sta Efigênia
Tel: (31)3292-3938/ 3224-2335


Dr. Carlos Eduardo Santa Ritta Barreira
SCHSW/ CSW Blocos 3/4/ 5
Centro Clinico Sudoeste Sala 107
Zip code: 70673-416
Tel: (61) 3233-7970

Rio de Janeiro (new address as of Aug 2022)

Dr. Aurelio Garrido
Av. das Américas 4.200 / Bloco 8 (Geneve) / Sala 107A
Barra da Tijuca (CEP 22640-907) Rio de Janeiro.
Tel: (21) 2274-8641
E-mail: rjconsultorio@gmail.com
PS: scheduling only through email

Sao Paulo

Dr. Paulo Ricardo Furbetta
Centro Medico Pinheiros
Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima 1685 conj 2E
Jardim Paulistano
Tel.: (11) 3032-3858
How many Passport Photo's Required for the medical? 4
How many Passport Photo's Required at the interview? 1
Estimated waiting time at the consulate on the day of interview? 1-4 hours
Vaccination requirements? The doctor will instruct the beneficiary as to which vaccines to take based on their medical history and age. Please note for K1 you are not required to take vaccines before entering the US. You have the option to take them leading up to the Adjustment of Status after married. However, vaccines in Brazil are more than likely cheaper than in the US.

HELPFUL TIP: Gather all your vaccination records in advance and take it with you to the medical interview, so it'll save you time and money, it's faster for the doctor to figure out which one you need or not.
Go to a "Posto de Saude" near you and ask them to update your vaccination book. Most of the vaccines required are offered for free by SUS.

USUALLY, the vaccines required are the ones as follows - DO NOT rely only on this! Always ask your doctor for a complete and updated list:

DTP, or DTaP, or DT - children between 2-6 years old

Td or dTap - starting at the age of 7.

OPV ou IPV - between 2 months and 17 years of age.

MMR - between 1-64 years old.

Rotavirus - between 6 weeks and 8 months.

Hib (Haemophilus Influenza B) - between 2-59 months old.

Hepatitis A - between 12-23 months old.

Hepatitis B - between 1 day and 18 years old.

Meningitis C - between 11 months and 18 years old.

Varicella (chickenpox) - starting at 12 months. If you've already had it, there is no need to take the vacine.

Pneumococcal Conjugate (PCV) - between 2-59 months old.

Pneumococica Polysaccharide (PPSV) - over 65 years old.

Influenza (flu-shot) of the current years - 6 months and over.

COVID shot
Cheap and good hotels near the Consulate? July 2019: Not the cheapest but we stayed at Praia Ipanema Hotel and had a great experience. We walked to the building where the Labs / X Rays and Medical Exam occurred (Rio). Ipanema beach and where the medical offices are located in Rio are very safe. No concerns of safety. Uber used through out our trip was also a good experience and we never felt at risk.

Feb. 2019: Selina Lapa Hostel: Bed in shared room for R$ 40 (U$10). Really good hostel, 3/4 blocks from the consulate, less than 10 minutes walk.

Dec. 2015 - Hotel Vitoria around R$100/night (USD$28/night) for single room through booking.com. Located right beside the Catete Subway station (about 8 minutes Metro ride to Cinelandia, then a couple of minute walk to the Consulate). Historic building, with clean freshly renovated rooms.

Novotel Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont - within 9 minutes (700m) from both the Embassy and the SDU Airport. Around U$ 68.00/night.

They will hold your bags in a secure room for you if you want to check out before your interview.

Ibis Budget Centro (former Formula 1) - within 17 minutes (1,2km) from the Embassy, and 2km from the SDU Airport. Around US 65.00/night.

Hotel Ok - within 3 minutes (280m) from the Embassy, and 15 minutes (1km) from the SDU Airport. Around U$ 54.00/night.

Aeroporto Othon Hotel - within 7 minutes (550m) from the Embassy, and 11 minutes (800m) from the SDU Airport). Around U$ 60.00/night

Hotel Atlantico Business Centro - within 5 minutes (300m) from the Embassy, and 15 minutes (1,1km) from the SDU Airport.

You can also stay at any hostel throughout the city. Always visit websites like booking.com, once it tells you a lot about hotels and distances.

Updated in 09/22/15 - some posts were removed because the hotels changed names or don't accept bookings at the time (may be closed or something). Others were edited because it didn't correspond to the reality anymore concerning prices.

Additional Info? Please note that If your interview happens after September 1st 2018, you are required to visit one of the ASCs to collect your biometrics and photo before the interview in the consulate. This step will appear while you are registering/scheduling the interview using the link included in the Consulate's email when your case is ready for interview.

The US Petitioner may join the Beneficiary for the interview. The questions are usually directed to the Beneficiary, not the Petitioner.

Laptops, cell phones and cameras are not allowed at the US General Consulate. There are some companies that specialize in keeping electronics just outside the building, but the preferable thing to do is not to take it at all.

GENERAL INFORMATION - According to information gotten from the consulate:

- Copy of the USC's birth certificate or passport is enough. There's no need to have the original;
- Even though the form used is the I-864 for CR-1 / IR-1 or I-134 for K-1, the petitioner has to be *125%* above the poverty guidelines, and not 100%;
- AOS and supporting documents discussed here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=31660 ;
- Copies of e-filed tax returns are okay (if you have them, you don't need to get transcripts);
- The medical and the I-864/I-134 (and supporting documents) are good for 1 year;
- The police certificates are also good for year (even if the certificates bring another expiration date);
- There's no need to bring copies of I-129F, G-325As; also no need to bring NOA1, NOA2 or any RFE received - although some people take it just to be safe.;
- Federal Police website: http://www.dpf.gov.br/servicos/antecedentes-criminais
- List of all Brazilian Civil Police's websites: http://portuguese.brazil.usembassy.gov/pt/ssplist.html

For the medical exam: The Beneficiary needs to have already scheduled the interview in order to attend the medical appointment.

Useful info also to be found here (in Portuguese): http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=27856

The Beneficiary can get some of the vaccine shots required for free at "Postos de Saude". Most of the information on where they are located can be found at the Beneficiary's "Secretaria de Saude" website.

The interview fee is US$ 265.00 MRV fee (K1/K2/K3/K4 visas)
Payment for MRV must be done through the Applicant Service Center (ASC): https://ais.usvisa-info.com/
I-130, I-600 or I-800 petition fee: US$325.00

****Note about DCF on Visto Temporario V****
Consul replied: it is possible DCF on that visa. In this case, the petitioner and the beneficiary are on a visto temporario V since the non-us fiance is from Argentina.

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