J Visa Application Translation Requirements for Brazilian Nationals

According to the U.S. Department of State, visa applicants, including Brazilians, must submit documents in English. If the original documents are in Portuguese or any other language, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.



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Documents Required for Brazil

As per the U.S. Department of State primary requirements for J visa applications:

  • Birth certificate.

  • Marital status documents, if applicable: marriage certificates, divorce decrees, death certificate of spouse, etc.

  • DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status.

  • Proof of financial capability indicating that the applicant possesses sufficient funds for their stay in the U.S.

  • A detailed letter from the sponsoring U.S. entity outlining the nature, purpose, and duration of the exchange program.


Additional documentation that the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Brazil might stipulate based on the specifics of the application.


Translator Qualifications

Based on information from the U.S. Department of State's stipulations, a translator who undertakes a certified English translation does not need a formal certificate. However, the translator must demonstrate competence in translating from Portuguese to English. Alongside the translation, there should be a signed statement from the translator testifying to their competence in both languages and the accuracy of the translation.

Certification Requirements

According to the guidelines from the U.S. Department of State, each translation should be accompanied by a statement from the translator. This attestation should confirm the translator's proficiency in both Portuguese and English and vouch for the accuracy of the translation. Since Brazil is not a signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention, documents may require further authentication beyond just a notarization. It's advisable for Brazilian nationals to consult with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Brazil or the corresponding Brazilian authorities for the exact requirements.

For the most precise and current information tailored to individual circumstances, Brazilian nationals are encouraged to engage directly with the U.S. consulate embassy in Brazil.

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This guide provides a general overview, and for specific, accurate, and detailed advice, consulting directly with the relevant institutions or migration experts is essential. For more detailed information, contact the US Embassy in Brazil.