|Quoting VC10BOAC (Reply 7):|
Don't think this will happen anytime soon. Despite Brazil's rapid industrialization, there are still many desperately poor people there who would give anything to move to the USA. I personally met several Brazilians who want to come here and stay, but cannot because they could not get a tourist visa.
Oh, I wish it would! There are probably many folks like myself who would like to move to Brasil & stay.
My tourist visa is set to expire in March, if I find any relevant information I will post it. In 2008, all I had to do was fill out the visa application, take my passport & USPS
money order to the Consulate in NY & drop it all off. In 7 days I returned to pick it back up. Since that time, I've enjoyed non-rev benefits that made travel to Brasil simple & extremely inexpensive, and that has enabled me to visit quite a few cities and meet many wonderful people. In 2010/2011 I even lived in the Northeast part of the country for some time. Though I'm an American through & through, my heart never left Brasil. The costs & hassle are WELL worth it. Even if the OP only wants to travel to Rio. Last month I traveled to see Christ the Redeemer and it was a great trip. Due to GIG
being a heavy route for both pax & cargo, I only dared make a day trip of it
right before Thanksgiving, due to the light loads. Good luck & use that visa! Remember this, there is more to BR
Rio & Sao Paulo. Most people I know only think of visiting those cities. If you can, get into the Northeast. Joao Pessoa is beautiful and a great place to take a vacation. Fortaleza is as well. Manaus can satisfy your adventurous side with the Amazon tours and my friend tells me that Foz do Iguacu is lovely also.
They don't call em' emergencies anymore. They call em' Patronies.