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U.S. Visa renewal for Brazilian citizens
9 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Welcome to the United States Visa renewal guide for Brazilian citizens! We understand how important it is for you to have a seamless and efficient visa renewal process. Rest assured; we're here to lend a helping hand at every step.

Renewing your B1/B2 Visa in Brazil has never been easier. Whether exploring beautiful sights as a tourist, conducting business ventures, or simply visiting family members, prepare yourself for a stress-free experience with our user-friendly platform.

Let's delve into the details and make your visa renewal a breeze. Or simply apply now for your U.S. Visa renewal in Brazil.

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All you need to know about the U.S. Visa renewal process for Brazilians

The American B1/B2 visa is one of the most popular visas in the world to travel to the United States. There are two categories under this visa:

  • The B1 category is for Brazilian travelers who want to do business or participate in business meetings, events, congresses, fairs, or scientific, educational, or professional conventions (without getting paid by the organizer).

  • The B2 category is for people who want to travel for tourism, pleasure, family visits, or medical treatment.

Time of validity of the B1/B2 visa

The American B1 B2 visa is valid 10 years after issued, the same as your previous visa. With this type of visa, you can stay in the United States for up to 180 days Per Entry.

Requirements for the U.S. B1/B2 Visa renewal in Brazil

In order to be eligible for renewing your U.S. B1/B2 Visa in Brazil, you must first meet the following criteria:

  • Your previous visa must have been issued in Brazil, and you must be a Brazilian citizen or a lawful permanent resident.

  • The previous visa should still be valid, or the visa has expired within the last 48 months or will expire in the next three months.

  • Have a copy of all passport(s) containing any previous U.S. visa(s), as well as the passport with the current visa.

  • No history of arrests or convictions: You mustn't have been arrested, convicted of any crime, or violated immigration law in the U.S. or any other foreign country.

  • No illegal employment or overstaying your visa in the United States: You mustn't have engaged in illegal employment or exceeded the validity of your previous visa in the United States.

  • The previous visa should be in the same classification as the current application and be a full-validity, multiple-entry B1/B2 visa.

If you're applying for a different visa category, such as an immigrant visa, it's recommended to contact the Consulate General of the United States in Brazil.

Overview of the renewal process of the U.S. Visa in Brazil

Before starting the U.S. Visa renewal process, visa applicants should familiarize themselves with the application:

  • Eligibility: Ensure that your previous visa is in the same B1/B2 category and expired no more than 48 months ago.

  • Online application form: Fill out the DS-160 Form on our website. We offer a simplified version to make the process easier for you! Provide accurate information and documents as further described in this article.

  • Application fees: Conveniently pay the iVisa processing fee and government visa renewal fee online using your credit or debit card.

  • Visa interview: After submitting your application, we'll schedule an interview with the United States Embassy on your behalf. Some Brazilian travelers may be exempt from an interview. Discover more below.

  • Visa approval: Once the interview is done, the U.S. Department of State will decide if you'll be granted a new visa.

By following these steps, Brazilian citizens can navigate the U.S. Visa renewal process and ensure a smooth trip to the United States again!

Steps to apply for the U.S. B1/B2 Visa renewal with us

The visa application process is made easy with us! Simply follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Fill out the simplified application form with basic details about yourself, your travel plans, and passport information on our website here or via the user-friendly iVisa app.

  • Step 2: Review all your information and pay the visa fees with a debit/credit card, PayPal, Venmo, or Amazon Pay on our secure payment platform.

  • Step 3: Upload the required documentation and submit the form. An iVisa Expert will review your information, ensure it's complete, and email you the documents to take to the U.S. Embassy. Attend the interview (if needed).

On the confirmation page, you'll find the status of your application. We'll also send you detailed instructions on the next steps. Once approved, get ready to travel!

Required documents for the renewal of the U.S. B1/B2 visa in Brazil

If you're a Brazilian citizen seeking to renew your B1/B2 Visa, it's important to gather the correct supporting documents as described below.

Today we only need a scan of your passport, a passport photo, and a copy of the passport with your previous visa(s). However, the following documents are needed for further administrative processing:

  • Your Brazilian passport, valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date.

  • Copies of your current and previous visa(s). If your visa is in an expired passport, attach that passport to your application as well.

  • The DS-160 application form, which you will receive during the online process.

  • An applicant photo that meets all the U.S. requirements. To ensure compliance, use our convenient and affordable digital photo service from the comfort of your home.

  • An active email address to receive the confirmation and further information regarding your B1/B2 visa renewal.

  • A credit or debit card to complete the payment of the visa fees.

How to make an appointment for the U.S. Visa renewal in Brazil

The U.S. Visa application generally requires an in-person interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Brazil. However, in most cases, it's possible for nonimmigrant visa applicants to renew their visas without an interview.

Learn more about the requirements for the interview visa waiver program below!

Renewing your B1/B2 Visa without an interview

The U.S. Visa interview waiver program allows eligible applicants to renew their visas without an interview with a consular officer.

To qualify for the interview waiver, you must meet specific criteria, including:

  • Having no previous U.S. visa refusals/cancellations.

  • Being a Brazilian citizen or resident.

  • Having been issued a biometric visa previously.

  • Having a visa that's still valid or has expired within the past 24 months.

  • Applicants under 14 or over 79 years old can always apply for a visa renewal without attending an interview.

To renew your U.S. with the help of our visa services, visit this page to start the process!

How to prepare for the U.S. Visa interview in Brazil

Preparing for a successful U.S. B1/B2 visa interview as a Brazilian citizen can be stressful. It doesn't have to be! Follow these exclusive tips from past applications and our iVisa Experts, and increase your chances of a positive outcome.

  • Thoroughly check the visa requirements: Before your interview, carefully review the visa requirements and ensure you have all the necessary documents and information in order.

  • Practice your English skills: Since the interview will be conducted in English, it's essential to practice and improve your English language skills. This will enable you to effectively communicate your intentions and answer the consular officer's questions confidently and clearly..

  • Dress appropriately: Make a positive impression by dressing appropriately for the interview. Opt for business or smart casual clothing.

  • Answer questions honestly and clearly: Expect questions regarding your travel purpose, background, and ties to Brazil. Prepare your answers to these inquiries, emphasizing your genuine intentions and strong connections to your home country, such as a job and family.

  • Arrive on time: Arrive at the embassy or consulate well before your scheduled interview to account for traffic delays and security checks. Late arrivals may result in rescheduling or even denial of your visa renewal.

Following the above tips, you can prepare for a successful U.S. B1/B2 visa interview as a Brazilian citizen. Read more tips on our blog here.

Cost and processing time for renewing the U.S. B1/B2 visa in Brazil

The U.S. Visa renewal government fee for Brazilian citizens is USD $185.00. The iVisa processing fee is US$149.99. Both can be paid together during the application process for a smooth experience!

The iVisa processing time is 30 days, after which it depends on the government services to process it. This can vary depending on how busy the consular office is, whether an interview is required, and your individual circumstances.

We recommend applying at least two months before your intended trip to the United States.

When applying with our visa services, you'll get the following benefits:

  • 100% government-compliant: Our team of iVisa Experts will review your application to ensure it's 100% compliant with government requirements.

  • Unlimited access to our iVisa Experts: We guide you through the entire application process from start to finish.

  • Simplified DS-160 form: Avoid the long, confusing, and tedious questions on the government website. We offer a simplified form with easy questions and will do the legwork for you.

  • Fill out the form at your own pace: Make changes whenever you want and save your progress to continue later.

  • Step-by-step manual: By applying with us for this tourist visa, you'll get an exclusive PDF manual with tips on answering difficult questions, a full list of necessary documents, and start-to-finish guidance.

My U.S. Visa renewal was denied in Brazil. How to proceed?

If all requirements are met, over 75% of Brazilians get their B1/B2 Visa approval! This is to be likely higher for renewal applicants.

However, if for some reason your renewal application has been denied, please check the following options to decide your next steps:

  1. Assess the denial reason: Review the denial letter, which will provide the reason for the decision. This will help you identify any potential issues to address and improve your chances of approval on future applications.

  2. Consider reapplying: If you believe the rejection resulted from a misunderstanding or error, you can choose to reapply for the U.S. Visa renewal with us. Address the initial reason for denial and include additional supporting documentation. Usually, you have to attend another interview.

By carefully considering these options and taking appropriate action, you can increase your chances of approval in the future.

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My U.S. Visa was lost/stolen. What should I do?

Always take immediate action if your passport with your U.S. Visa is lost or stolen. Here are some tips:

  1. Report the loss or theft: Contact the local police station for emergency assistance and file a report for the lost or stolen passport.

  2. Apply for a replacement visa: Complete the nonimmigrant visa application form (DS-160), pay the visa fees, and attend the interview appointment at the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate.

  3. Gather the required documents: Besides the DS-160 form and the visa application fee, you must provide supporting documents again, such as your valid passport, a police report, and any other requirements.

  4. Attend the interview: Attend the visa interview at the United States Embassy in Brazil. Be prepared to answer questions about the circumstances of the loss or theft of your visa/passport.

Once your replacement visa is approved, you can use it to travel to the United States from Brazil as usual.

More questions about the B1/B2 Visa renewal in Brazil?

If you need more information about the U.S. Visa renewal process in Brazil, please reach out to our customer service team via online chat or email at [email protected]. We're here to make your travel experience effortless.

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