14 Jan

If you want to visit Brazil and stay for over 3 months, a tourist visa for Brazil is not enough. So, you might be thinking of other options to extend your stay in this amazing country. Well, what about learning Portuguese while exploring one of the most beautiful countries on the planet? Getting a student visa for Brazil will allow you to stay up to 1 year in Brazil. Even more, actually. You can even extend your Brazilian student visa.

Student Visa for Brazil

student visa for brazilThere are two ways to get your student visa for Brazil. You can either apply for a Brazilian university or register for Portuguese classes at a language school in Brazil. As universities are much more expensive, learning Portuguese in a relaxed environment where you will meet other travelers like you is for sure a more attractive option.

It is important to notice that if you stay in Brazil for less than 3 months, you can study Portuguese under your tourist visa. There is no problem with that and you do not need to worry about the bureaucratic process.

However, if you are planning on staying in Brazil for a longer period, you need to apply for a student visa with the Brazilian embassy or consulate in your country of origin.

Before checking out what documents you need to get your student visa for Brazil, make sure you plan your trip ahead so you have enough time.

How to get your student visa for Brazil with Caminhos Language Centre

STEP 1. Look up the Embassy of Brazil (or Brazilian Consulate) in your country and find out the requirements for obtaining a Student Visa for Brazil. Every country is different and has different paperwork requirements.

STEP 2. Choose your course. Caminhos Language Centre offers a great variety of Portuguese courses in Rio de Janeiro. We also have a Student Visa package, in which you can choose between a 6-month or a 1-year plan.

STEP 3. Book your course and make your payment. Caminhos require full payment before releasing the notarized documents.

STEP 4. Caminhos staff will organize the following documents and send them to you via DHL with a tracking number:

  1. Invitation/acceptance letter
  2. Business permit («Alvará de Funcionamento»)

STEP 5. Once you receive your documents, you will need to visit the Embassy of Brazil in your country. Please make sure you read the information on their website properly and prepare all of the documents prior to your appointment. Every Embassy is different, but here is a list of the most common documents you are likely to need:

  1. Passport: must be valid for your length of stay in Brazil, with at least one blank double page for the Brazilian visa.
  2. Two recent passport photos.
  3. Birth certificate.
  4. Application form and receipts of taxes paid.
  5. Full police check certificate (some countries require full fingerprint police check).
  6. A personal declaration that you have had no criminal offenses over the past 5 years.
  7. Evidence of sufficient bank funds: it can be a copy of your bank account statement.
  8. Caminhos’ invitation/acceptance letter.
  9. Caminhos’ business license (Alvará de Funcionamento).

Arriving in Brazil

Once you arrive in Brazil and go through immigration, you will be told that you have 90 days to register with the Federal Police of Brazil (Polícia Federal). Caminhos can also help with that and give you all the information and support you need once you are here. Do not worry.

Changing from tourist visa to student visa

If you are in Brazil under a tourist visa, it is also possible to change it to a student visa for Brazil. Caminhos will arrange the documents needed very quickly. You just need to enroll in classes and make the payment. With all documents in hand, you will just need to pay a visit to the Federal Police.

Please contact Caminhos if you need further information on how to change from a tourist visa to a student visa while already in Brazil.

Extending your student visa for Brazil

Visa de estudiante para Brasil visto de estudanteIf your student visa is about to expire and you want to stay in Brazil for longer, it is possible to extend your student visa for Brazil. 

STEP 1. Double-check the documents you need as the federal police are always changing the requirements. Here is a list of the most common documents you are likely to need:

  1. Your current RNE or RNM (Brazilian ID registration for foreigners).
  2. Your original passport and a few copies of all pages that have been used.
  3. Two recent passport photos.
  4. Application form.
  5. Paid tax form.
  6. Current police check.
  7. Details of any children you might be responsible for in Brazil.
  8. Caminhos documents: invitation/acceptance letter and business permit. 
  9. Your grades. We will provide this along with the invitation/acceptance letter.
  10. Proof and declaration of founds. Printout of bank account along with a self-statement saying that you have adequate funds to cover your stay in Brazil.
  11. Proof of residence in Brazil.  

STEP 2. Book an appointment with the Feral Police of Brazil.

STEP 3. As your student visa for Brazil is under analysis, you will have a protocol to prove it. The Policia Federal will issue you a new temporary document with your ID. 

STEP 4. Your new RNE or RNM will be ready with your new visa expiration date.

Caminhos’ student visa package

Here is what you get when you apply for a student visa package with Caminhos Language Centre:

6-months student visa for Brazil:

1-year student visa for Brazil:

You can also take a few days of holidays whenever you want during the period of your student visa. If you want to take a few days off to visit other places in Brazil, just make sure to advise Caminhos in advance and let us know when you are coming back for classes.

Caminhos can always help you if you have any questions. Do not hesitate to contact us whenever you need more details on Student Visa for Brazil.


  • Edwin Vargas Wednesday February 10th, 2021 at 04:33 PM

    Buenos días, me gustaría tener información con respecto al Cambio de visa de turista a visa de estudiante. Muchas gracias por la información


  • Jorge Roses Tuesday March 16th, 2021 at 02:35 PM

    Buenas tardes,
    ¿Se puede entrar a Brasil con visado de estudiante dos semanas antes de la fecha oficial del comienzo del curso en Caminhos?


  • Cal Tuesday May 11th, 2021 at 08:07 PM

    Amanda, Do you have a school in Florianopolis or a sister-school to recommend for an American to apply for a student Visa? Obrigado


  • Jadde Friday May 14th, 2021 at 04:26 PM

    Oi, Amanda. Por favor, você poderia me ajudar com uma dúvida em relação a impostos para estudantes no Brasil?
    Tenho um amigo que está no Brasil desde maio de 2019 com visto temporário de estudante. Ele quer mandar trazer um novo computador dos Estados Unidos, já que para comprá-lo Brasil o preço é muito maior, porém gostaria de saber se, nesse caso, poderia ter isenção de impostos. Quando ele trouxe seus pertences na mudança para o Brasil, teve isenção. Porém não sabe se ainda é possível.
    Agradeço se puder ajudar a esclarecer.


  • Concepción Wednesday June 9th, 2021 at 05:25 PM

    Hola! Escribo porque estoy interesada en ir a Brasil durante un año y conseguir una visa de estudiante. He visto que ofrecen cursos de portugués y ayudan a tramitar la visa de estudiante. ¿Podrían darme más información? Muchas gracias 🙂


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