To study in Brazil, a Student Visa is needed. The temporary visa - item IV - will be granted to undergraduate and graduate students, including those participating in sandwich PhD programs (with or without scholarship). Contact the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in your country to find out about the procedures. In most cases, the following documents are requested:
- Passport valid for at least 6 (six) months from the intended date of entry in Brazil;
- 2 (two) visa application forms filled out, dated and signed by the applicant;
- 2 (two) recent photographs, front view with light background;
- Non-criminal record statement to be obtained by you at the local authority of your country. The document must have been issued less than 3 (three) months before your arrival;
- Letter of Acceptance or letter confirming the vacancy reservation issued by FJP;
- Declaration of scholarship indicating 700,00 € (seven hundred Euros) to be received monthly, as well as the duration of the scholarship;
- Those who do not have a scholarship must prove their financial capacity OR that their parents can provide financial support to make monthly transferences of at least 700,00 € (seven hundred Euros) throughout the students’ stay in Brazil. In the case of parents being responsible for the maintenance of the student, a letter from the bank testifying the capacity of the monthly transference must be presented;
- Medical assistance insurance coverage valid in Brazil;
- Payment of repatriation to the country of origin, made by an insurance company Nationwide, covering the entire students’ stay;
- Tax payment.
Other documents may be required. Contact the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in your country to find out about the procedures and vaccinations.
When you arrive in Brazil, certain documents must be arranged (such as CPF). Also, you need to regularize your stay in Brazil at Federal Police. It is important be financially prepared to pay some taxes because of these bureaucratic procedures when arriving in Brazil.
Besides the fundamental documents for international travelling – such as the passport – we advise you to bring a document with your parents names (father and mother are mandatory). This is necessary because in Brazil parents names are a criteria to differentiate two people who have the same name. When a procedure for a legal document is required, it is necessary to attach a copy of this document containing your parents names. This document can be a driver’s license, an ID, a military document, a birth certificate, among others (even if the original is not in Portuguese).
The academic year begins on February and ends in December. The first semester of the academic year comprehends the period from February to July. The second semester of the academic year begins in August and ends in December. That is, differently from northern countries, the academic year coincides with the formal year.Access the Academic Calendar here.
At FJP, there are two periods of vacation along the year: July (between the first and the second semester – Winter) and from December to February (between two academic years – Summer). The precise dates for the beginning and the ending of the semester can be found in the Academic Calendar. However, it is possible for classes to end a few days before the official date since some professors use the last days of the semester to return tests (students get to know their grades and can ask the professor about their performance) or apply replacement tests.
FJP evaluate its students with notes that goes from 0 to 100. The minimum necessary to be approved is 60.
After your arrival in Belo Horizonte, several documents will be required. It is indispensable for you to go to GERI. There we can help you with several procedures that are necessary for the success of your stay in the city and of your exchange period at FJP. Our staff will make the last adjustments in your enrollment and will help you with the following items:
Every international student should register at the Department of Federal Police within 30 days of entering into Brazilian territory (for those who have Brazilian citizenship this is not necessary). The register can be done after two tax payments:
- Taxa de Registro de Estrangeiro (International Registry Tax) – R$ 64,58.*
- Taxa da Carteira de Estrangeiro (International ID Tax – Original Copy) – R$124,23.
* People coming from Portuguese speaking countries are released from the Taxa de Registro de Estrangeiro (R$ 64,58).
To pay these taxes, go to www.dpf.gov.br and follow these steps:
- Select the option GRU – Guia de Recolhimento da União, the link GRU – FUNAPROL (estrangeiro, segurança privada, transporte internacional, armas, aluguéis).
- Fill in the necessary information at Guia de Recolhimento. In this document, parents names and the student e-mail fields must be filled in. Attention: Fill in the field Nome in this order: First name, middle name and surname(s).
The field Unidade Arrecadadora should be filled in with Superintendência Regional do Estado de Minas Gerais.
The Códigos da Receita are 140082 (Registro de Estrangeiro – R$ 64,58) and 140120 (Carteira de Estrangeiro 1ª via – R$ 124,23). After this, you should print both documents and pay the taxes at any bank agency, always keeping the proof-of-payment.
After paying the fees, the student must book a visit to the Federal Police (procedure below), and show up there (PF is located on R. Nascimento Gurgel, 30 – Gutierrez CEP: 30430-340 Belo Horizonte/MG – phone: +55 (31) 3330-5200) in the scheduled date and time, with all the required documents.
- Federal Police Form duly filled in and printed. The form is available at https://servicos.dpf.gov.br/sincreWeb/;
- Proof of scheduling printed. To book a visit, accesshttps://servicos.dpf.gov.br/sincreWeb/pesquisaAgendamento.jsp;
- Copy of all used pages in your passport (including those with only one stamp);
- Copy of the document you received when entering the country;
- Two 3x4 color photographs with white background;
- Proof-of-payment for the taxes mentioned above (Taxa de Registro de Estrangeiro and Taxa de Carteira de Estrangeiro);
- Visa Application Forms - received in the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate of the home country (original and copy).
Visa Renewal: For those students who have previously planned to study one semester and later decided to study for two, or for those students from PEC-G and PEC-PG program with temporary visas that need renewal every year, pay attention to the deadlines for renewal: go to the Federal Police at least one month before the deadline. After this deadline, you will be charged a fine. There is a tax for renewal, therefore, if you intend to stay longer in Brazil, notify FJP (GERI) before receiving the Letter of Acceptance. The list of needed documents to renew a student visa is available at http://portal.mj.gov.br/data/Pages/MJA1BC41DEITEMID3101744422484A7581262EAEBC67DC99PTBRIE.htm.
Replaced the transport voucher in paper used, bringing convenience and safety for those using.The valley-transport electronic ticketing system brings several benefits: Integration in the lines of the municipal transport, greater agility to pass through the turnstile ease of purchase of transportation vouchers, security. It can be purchased at the stations of Transfacil (cost R$5,00) and reloaded at any gas refill (all subway stations; Transfacil https://www.transfacil.com.br/estPostos_Transfacil.aspx points; posts Stations BhBus https://www.transfacil.com.br/estPostos_Estacoes.aspx, or on board any transport).
CPF – Cadastro de Pessoa Física (Social Security Number)
The CPF (Social Security Number) is necessary in Brazil for several situations, such as: financial activities (for example, to open a bank account), acquisition of goods in Brazil (such as a cell phone) and to request public and private services.
To get your CPF number, go to a Banco do Brasil Agency, Caixa Econômica Federal Agency or Post Office Agency, provide the data requested by the attendant and pay a tax of R$5,70. To accomplish this procedure, you must have the Protocolo da Polícia Federal (Federal Police Protocol – a document given to you at the Federal Police Office) and passport.
After 48 hours, you should go to Receita Federal (Av. Afonso Pena, 1316 – 3º floor, ALA “A”, Centro, Phone: +55 (31) 3218-6325/6320, with:
- Proof-of-payment for the tax of R$5,50;
- Proof of residency (phone bill, light bill or credit card emitted 90 days before the date of requirement). If there is another person’s name on this document, you must present a signed declaration by this person, testifying that you reside at the address indicated in the document;
- Federal Police Protocol;
- Document with parents names (parentage), if this information is not in the passport.
The CPF number is given at this moment, though the card is sent by mail to the address you have informed and will take one to two weeks to arrive.
Tip: We suggest you request your CPF at Banco do Brasil Agency because it offers a computerized procedure (while the post-office does not). Therefore, all data is registered in the computer enabling the CPF card to be sent in a shorter period.