List of documents required for a Student Visa application in Rio de Janeiro

Before you begin your application, please apply for a CPF as you will need it for the next step.

  1. Official identification (passport);
  2. 1 ID photo (size 3cm x 4cm);
  3. Original birth certificate and/or marriage certificate (apostilled) or consular registration. Note: you must have a document with the names of both parents – this is essential. If you use your Birth Certificate this must be legalised – you need to get an ‘Apostille’ from the country of origin and will also need to get an Official Public Translator to translate the document into Portuguese. For translations click here   and select the language you need.
  4. Criminal record of the country where you have lived in the last 5 years, also to be translated by a sworn translator.
  5. Form to be printed and filled out by hand: Contact form
  6. Form to be printed and filled out by hand: Absence of criminal record 
  7. Form to be printed and filled out by hand: Research form
  8. Proof of payment of taxes for autorização de residência (R$ 168,13 – Código 140066) and emissão da Carteira de Registro Nacional Migratório (R$ 204,77 – Código 140120) to be filled out and printed here and paid at any bank or loteria (please attach receipts of payment): GRU / Departamento de Polícia Federal (
  9. Student visa application form and appointment to be scheduled : completed and printed application form

    TIPS FOR COMPLETION: Page 1 of the personal data – you are asked for a CPF number. If you do not have one, leave it blank. Page 1 of the personal data – Main occupation – type 930 – Estudante (it appears and click on it). Personal Data Page 1 – Filiation – this is the full names of both your parents (all documents in Brazil require the full names of your parents). Registration Page – RNM – Leave the entire “dados do RNM” field as is – the “no” box will automatically be checked. Address page – fill in everything and go to “next”. Declaration page – accept the conditions, fill in the security number code and save the document.

  10. Letter of Acceptance from Idiomas Rio School – A letter provided by the school that proves your enrollment. You will need to take this document to the Cartorio, near the school: Av. Nossa Sra. de Copacabana, 895 – Copacabana and ask for a reconhecimento de firma (approximately R$12).
  11. Proof of residence in Brazil: Rental contract signed by two witnesses or if you live with someone: declaration of that person that you live with him/her (take to the cartorio where the signature of that person is registered to ask for a reconhecimento de firma, also attach an identity card of that person and a recent bill (electricity, gas).
  12. Proof of financial capacity: Salary slip or bank statement (the Policia Federal does not provide details of the amount required, but make sure it is sufficient for the duration of the stay: an amount of 700 euros per month multiplied by the number of months of your requested visa is a good reference.
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