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Brazil Marriage Visa

Canadian citizenship entitles you to get a marriage visa to marry your Brazilian fiancee and sponsor his/ her application for marriage immigration to Canada. Applying for a marriage visa and preparing for marriage immigration can be a time consuming task and you will need to be organized particularly with your Canada documents. To qualify for a spouse visa you must fulfil these basic criteria:

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or legal permanent resident aged 18 years or over
  • You must be financially independent and able to support her for 3 years after she gets her permanent residence
  • You must also support any dependent children for 10 years or until they are 25
  • You must have adequate housing where you, your Brazilian spouse and any dependants can live without relying on state benefits

When you get married to your Brazilian fiance you can legalise your Brazilian marriage in Canada.

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Getting Ready for Marriage Immigration

Before you leave Canada, you need to prepare for your marriage immigration. You should go in person to your local Registrar of Marriages to obtain an Affidavit of Marital Status. This certificate costs $50 and proves your single status by confirming that you are not still involved n matrimony with another spouse. You can use it within 3 months of date of issue.

If you fail to do this in Canada, you can do it in the Canadian Embassy or Consulates in Brazil prior to getting a Brazilian Marriage Licence.

You will also need an original or certified copy your Birth Certificate.

If you have been married before you must produce one of the following documents to support the Affidavit of Marital Status:

  • If divorced, you will need your Divorce Decree
  • if widowed you will need your Certificate of Marriage and Death Certificate of your previous spouse


Changing Your Canada Documents

When official documents issued in Canada are to be used in Brazil, they need to be notarised, “authenticated” and “legalised “in order for them to be valid there.

The first thing you need to do is get a notary stamp and signature from any notary in Canada. Then get them “authenticated” by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). The purpose of the authentication process is to prove the validity of the documents issued in Canada.

The last thing to do is to get your documents translated into Portuguese and “legalised” by the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate. After that your documents acquire legal validity in Brazil.

Documents in Need of Legalization for Marriage in Brazil:

  • Affidavit of Marital Status
  • Divorce Decree (if relevant)
  • Former spouse’s Death Certificate and previous marriage certificate (if relevant)
  • Your Birth Certificate
  • Name change certificate (if relevant)
  • Your Canadian passport cannot be legalised as it is already an internationally recognised document. You must however have photocopies of the ID and bio page notarised as true copies of the original.


Brazil Visa Requirements

As a Canadian citizen you need a visa to visit Brazil. Make sure that your Canadian passport is valid for at least 6 months prior to its expiration date with at least two blank pages available. In order to apply for a visa, you will need a photocopy of round trip ticket to Brazil or transit ticket or a signed letter from the carrier or travel agent, on company letterhead, with the itinerary, dates of arrival in and departure from Brazil. You will also need to provide documents that prove your income like a statement of earnings or copy of last year’s income tax. The last thing to do is to pay the consular fees by certified cheque or money order to the Brazilian Embassy in Ottawa. You can apply for a visa in person, via a third party or via mail. You will get your visa within 10 working days by mail. Keep in mind that you must arrive in Brazil within 90 days from the date of issue of the visa.

Once you have prepared all relevant documents, you have your valid Canadian passport and a visa, you may make arrangements to fly to Brazil to join your fiancée.


Getting Married in Brazil

You may decide to marry your Brazilian spouse in Canada, however, getting married in Brazil is an inspiring experience and relatively straight forward providing you are organized and ensure that you and your Brazilian partner have the correct documentation.

Whilst your Brazilian spouse is excited about planning the marriage ceremony you should make him/her aware that under both Canadian and Brazilian Marriage Law, only the civil registration of your marriage will be recognised as legal and only a legal marriage will allow you to bring your Brazilian wife or husband back to Canada.

The legal age for marriage in Brazil is 18, although special permission can be granted for fiancees aged 16 and 17 years but anyone under 21 years of age must obtain written consent from her parents or guardians. This should be given personally and in writing in front of the local civil registrar officer. Alternatively, it can be in the form of an affidavit made in the presence of two witnesses.

The first thing step in planning your marriage in Brazil is to go to the Civil Registry Office with your Brazilian girlfriend of boyfriend to register your intention to marry. You must bring 2 witnesses with you who are over 21. The witnesses must have their ID with them. In the Civil Registry Office you fill out an application form and pay a fee. After a waiting period of 30 days your Marriage License will be issued and you can get married within 3 months from the date of issue. If you haven’t got married during this 120-day period it will then automatically expire.


Document Check: Canadian Spouse


Document Check: Brazilian Spouse

  • Original Affidavit of Marital Status. It must not be older than three months from the date of issue.
  • Original valid passport
  • Original birth certificate
  • Original death certificate of deceased spouse if widowed
  • Original divorce decree or annulment papers if divorced
  • Individual taxpayer’s card (CPF)
  • Proof of address
  • Date and location of birth of parents
  • If he/she is under 21 years of age, written parental consent.

Once your Marriage License is obtained, you and your Brazilian spouse need to go to a judge or a mayor to administer the solemnisation of the marriage. Two witnesses of legal age must be present. Ten days after the ceremony your Marriage Certificate will be issued. Marriage to your Brazilian partner does not automatically qualify you for Brazilian citizenship however, Brazil is a country, which permits dual citizenship and in order to become a Brazilian citizen you must apply through the official government immigration channels.

Permanent Resident Application

When your Brazilian spouse comes to Canada she can change her name to that of your own and you can start the marriage visa process. Any Canadian wishing to bring their Brazilian spouse to Canada must sponsor him/her for permanent residence. The process takes between 6 and 18 months. Sponsorship is a part of the Canadian immigration system that allows individuals to come to Canada under the Family Class of immigration.

In your case, you will sponsor your Brazilian spouse to Canada, as long as you meet the requirements of a spousal sponsor. Spousal sponsorship is an agreement between the Canadian government and you. This agreement is a promise on the part of the sponsor that you will provide your spouse with food, clothes and shelter i.e. all of the basic requirements in order to live in Canada.

The marriage visa sponsorship agreement includes financial support and health care because your Brazilian spouse will have no access to the social care system. In the sponsorship agreement you promise to sponsor your spouse for at least three years from the day he/she becomes a permanent resident. You also have to sponsor any dependent children moving with him/her to Canada for a period of 10 years or until they are 25, whichever comes first.


Spousal Sponsorship Requirements

To qualify for spousal sponsorship, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. You are over 18 years old and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada.
  2. You are single and free to marry
  3. You have married your Brazilian spouse in Brazil and intend to live in Canada with her.
  4. You are not on any Social Assistance program
  5. You are not in default of any previous sponsorship agreement
  6. You have sufficient funds and you are not bankrupt
  7. You are not in prison

You may not qualify if one of the following points applies to your situation:

  • You previously failed to provide financial support when you signed a sponsorship agreement to sponsor another relative
  • You failed to pay alimony or child support
  • You received government financial assistance for reasons other than disability
  • You were convicted of a violent criminal offence, an offence against a relative or a sexual offence
  • You failed to make payments for an immigration loan
  • You have declared bankruptcy and have not recovered from it yet.

If you qualify for spousal sponsorship, you can fill out the application forms available from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). You can download the documents here or have them mailed to you. Read the guide and complete the application. Remember to support the application with relevant documents.


Canada Visa Application

Your Brazilian spouse must fill out the marriage visa immigration forms. As part of the application process, he/she will need to undergo a medical exam and a criminal check. The medical exam is required to make sure that applicants do not have a medical condition that is dangerous to Canadian public health and safety, or would require elaborate treatment by the Canadian health services. The examination results are valid for 12 months and need to be done by authorised doctors. Your Brazilian spouse must present three valid police certificates showing she has no criminal record; one from the federal police (Certidão de Antecedentes Criminais), one from the state police (Certidão de Antecedentes Criminais) and one from the Federal Ministry of Justice (Certidão de Distribuição Cíveis e Criminais).

The next step is to pay you application fee to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You can pay your fees by bank transfer or online. If you choose to pay at the bank, you have to order a receipt of payment, also called immigration form IMM 5401. Remember to bring this form with you to the bank when you pay your fees. If you pay online, make sure you print the receipt of payment form and include it with your application.


Visa Application Fees

The marriage visa application fees are as follows:

  • $75 for you as a sponsor
  • $475 for your Brazilian partner
  • $150 for a dependent child under 22 and not married
  • $550 for a dependant who is 22 or older, or who is under 22 and married $490 for the right of permanent residence fee which your wife will be have to pay before the status is granted.

The last step is to mail your application along with the receipt for the fees paid and all supporting documents to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Mississauga, Ontario. You will be notified when your application is received and you can check the status of your application online.

After your spouse has held permanent resident status for three years, she is eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship.

Applications are refused if you provide false information on your application form.