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  • RHa 10 posts

    Hi, my girlfriend is a Brazilian national, but living in Portugal with a Portuguese visa/identity card. I am struggling to workout what visa she needs for us to visit Las Vegas next month. Does anyone know please? I can’t seem to work it out online as all the information points her at embassies in Brazil but she is a Portuguese resident. She can’t do an ESTA. Any help appreciated, otherwise I will call the USA embassy next week. Thanks.

    davefl 1,179 posts

    As far as I’m aware visa’s go with country that the passport comes from, not residence.

    So it’ll be Brazil, try the embassy in Lisbon.

    can2 334 posts

    First you need to figure out if she has Portuguese ID card or visa. ID card suggests citizenship.
    If she only has a Brazilian citizenships you may need to get a US visa from the embassy in Lisbon if she only has Portuguese residency.
    And good luck getting it in a month. You are lucky if you can get an appointment next month for a tourist visa.

    NorthernLass 6,748 posts

    What do you mean, she can’t do ESTA, do you mean she started the application but was rejected?
    I think if she only has a Brazilian passport, she will need a Brazilian visa. With such close connections between Brazil and Portugal, would she not be better doing the application in Portugal? Also – if she has a Portuguese ID card, could she apply for a Portuguese passport and then apply for an ESTA? Has she been resident in Portugal long enough to qualify?

    davefl 1,179 posts

    Brazilian nationals don’t qualify for a US esta, there are only a limited amount of countries that do. Bulgaria for example doesn’t either despite being part of the EU.

    This goes back to the randomness of ESTA for the US, such as if you’ve been to Cuba since 2021 you can’t use the ESTA scheme on a UK passport.

    Other countries have their own random visa waiver rules. For example Mongolia used to allow visa free travel for 27 countries. From April until the end of 2025 they’ve decided to allow 34 more countries to enter without a visa until end of 2025. So if you want to go to Ulan Bator, start planning it.

    LightSky 2 posts

    Depends where she currently holds a passport from.

    As far as I am aware, to fly internationally to U.S., they will not accept an Identity Card unless you are doing internal flights in the U.S., and you will require a passport.

    Best bet would be to book an appointment with the U.S. embassy to get a visa as soon as possible. In some countries the wait time can be months to see someone, so I would urge you to register as soon as practicable

    PeteM 652 posts

    Appointments for US visas are pretty scarce around the world currently and processing times pretty slow. Brazilian passports all require US visas.

    So unless she has a Portuguese passport I am not sure you’ll be going anywhere in a months’ time.

    RHa 10 posts

    Thanks for the feedback.

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