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Brazil Religious Visa

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Planning religious activities in Brazil? Brazil offers a visa track to conduct religious activities without employment ties in the country: the so-called Brazil religious visa.

Brazil has a history of respect for a broad range of religions, so virtually any religion recognized in their countries of origin could potentially secure a religious visa in Brazil. Count on our licensed immigration attorneys to get the visas needed for your religious workers volunteering in Brazil. Our office is recognized as one of the top immigration law firms in Brazil.

Examples of religions qualifying for the Brazil religious visa and how their members can benefit from such a visa:


Catholic priests or nuns could travel to Brazil to assist in local parishes, engage in missionary work, provide religious education, or participate in community service projects in underprivileged areas.


Protestant pastors or church leaders might visit Brazil to establish new churches, conduct evangelical missions, lead religious seminars, or engage in community development projects.

Eastern Orthodox Christianity

Orthodox priests or monks could come to Brazil to serve the spiritual needs of the Orthodox Christian community, establish monasteries, or participate in theological exchanges with local religious institutions.


Rabbis or Jewish educators could travel to Brazil to serve Jewish communities, teach in religious schools, lead cultural exchange programs, or engage in interfaith dialogues.


Buddhist monks or nuns might visit Brazil to lead meditation retreats, teach Buddhist philosophy, engage in cultural exchange programs, or help establish Buddhist centers.


Hindu priests or spiritual leaders could come to Brazil to conduct religious ceremonies, establish temples, provide spiritual guidance to the Hindu community, or teach about Hindu traditions and practices.


Sikh leaders or educators might travel to Brazil to serve the Sikh community, establish Gurdwaras (places of worship), engage in community service, or participate in cultural and religious education programs.


Imams or Islamic scholars could visit Brazil to lead prayers in mosques, provide religious education, engage in community outreach, or participate in interfaith dialogues.

Seventh-day Adventism

Adventist ministers or missionaries might come to Brazil to establish Adventist churches, engage in health and educational initiatives, or participate in community development projects.

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Jehovah’s Witness missionaries or educators could travel to Brazil to engage in door-to-door evangelism, conduct Bible study groups, organize religious conventions, or support local congregations.

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Helping Fostering Religion in Brazil

In each case, the Brazil religious visa allows these individuals to legally engage in religious activities, helping to foster their respective religious communities and participate in cultural and religious exchanges in Brazil. 

It is specifically designed for ministers of religious confessions, members of consecrated life institutions, or religious orders. Foreigners can apply for this visa either from abroad directly to the consular authority or, if already in Brazil, through the Coordenação-Geral de Imigração Laboral. The residence permit under this normative resolution is valid for up to two years. After approval, the immigrant must register with the Federal Police in Brazil.

Religious Worker Visa in Brazil

Applying for a Religious/Missionary Temporary Visa (VITEM-VII) in Brazil is a detailed process tailored for individuals traveling for religious or missionary purposes. This religious visa in Brazil requires submitting various documents to a Brazilian Embassy, Consulate, or the Federal Police in Brazil through a qualified attorney. The application process and documentation are quite specific and involve several important steps and requirements:

  1. Application Forms: Two visa application forms per applicant must be filled in completely and accurately. Applicants must provide detailed information on their planned activities in Brazil in Item 21 of the form, which is the “Comments” (Purpose of Trip) section.

  2. Educational and Professional Documents: These include an ordination certificate and/or diploma and school transcript for complete undergraduate theological studies, along with a curriculum vitae.

  3. Personal and Dependency Documents: If applicable, marriage, birth certificates, or official dependency documents for spouse, children, or dependents are required.

  4. Statement of Commitment: A signed statement is needed, confirming that the applicant will not engage in activities in indigenous areas without proper authorization from FUNAI – “National Indian Foundation”.

  5. Notarized Documents from Brazil: These include the constitutive minutes/statutes of the Brazilian religious or missionary organization, empowerment certificate, and financial affidavit.

  6. Passport and Photos: The applicant’s passport must have a minimum validity of six months and at least one blank page available for the visa stamp. Additionally, two recent 2″ x 2″ passport-type photos are required.

  7. Letter from Employer or Sponsoring Organization: This letter should specify the job nature, duration of the contract, and proof of financial responsibility for the applicant’s stay in Brazil.

  8. Non-criminal Record and Additional Documentation: A recent non-criminal record from the police department is required, along with a notarized letter of consent for applicants under 18 traveling without both parents or legal guardians.

  9. Visa Fee: The visa fee is typically around US$ 210.00 per visa.

  10. Registration with Federal Police: For stays exceeding 90 days, registration with the Federal Police in Brazil is mandatory within 30 days of arrival.

  11. Multiple Entries and Extensions: This visa allows for multiple entries within its duration. Extensions can be obtained from the Federal Police in Brazil if necessary.

It’s important to note that these requirements are the minimum required and can change, so it’s advisable to check for the most current information when applying. Also, applicants should ensure that their first arrival in Brazil occurs within 90 days from the visa issuance date.

For more detailed information and guidance, it’s recommended to consult with the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate or visit their official website.

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Comprehensive Immigration Support

Our comprehensive support services for foreign citizens visiting Brazil under an immigration visa cover a range of essential areas, ensuring a smooth and compliant stay in the country.

1. Document Preparation: Navigating the complexities of document preparation for an immigration visa can be challenging. Our service provides meticulous assistance in preparing and organizing all required documents. This includes ensuring that application forms are correctly filled out, supporting documents are complete and accurate, and all necessary personal documentation, such as passports and IDs, are in order. We guide our clients through each step, ensuring no detail is overlooked, to prevent delays or rejections due to incomplete or incorrect paperwork.

2. Apostille Services: For documents issued outside Brazil that need legal recognition within the country, the apostille process is crucial. Our services include assisting clients in obtaining apostilles for their foreign documents, a process that authenticates the seals and signatures on documents so they are recognized as valid in Brazil. We help in identifying which documents require apostillization and guide clients through the process in their home country before they arrive in Brazil.

3. Sworn Translation: Understanding the importance of accurate translation, we offer sworn translation services for all necessary documents. In Brazil, only translations made by a sworn translator are accepted in official proceedings. Our team connects clients with certified sworn translators to ensure that all documents – from birth certificates to academic records – are accurately translated and meet the legal requirements set by Brazilian authorities.

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4. General Legal Advisory: Our legal advisory services are tailored to the unique needs of each client. This includes advice on the legal aspects of living and working in Brazil, such as understanding local laws and regulations, rights and obligations under Brazilian law, and guidance on any legal issues that may arise during their stay. Whether it’s for employment, study, or family reasons, our team provides expert legal support to navigate the complexities of Brazilian law.

5. Long-Term Religious Work Advisory: For those planning to engage in longer-term religious work in Brazil, our services include specialized advice on obtaining the appropriate visa and complying with local regulations. We assist religious workers and missionaries in understanding the specific requirements for religious visas, such as letters of invitation from Brazilian religious institutions, proof of religious affiliation, and other necessary documentation. Additionally, we provide ongoing support throughout their stay, advising on matters related to their activities and ensuring compliance with Brazilian laws pertaining to religious work.

Our goal is to provide seamless and comprehensive support to foreign nationals visiting Brazil, ensuring all legal and administrative aspects of their stay are smoothly managed.

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