This is a difficult question to answer, but we can give you estimates. Most people are delayed by a lack of available appointments at the Policia Federal. Therefore, the earlier you contact us, the better it is, as we can plan ahead and book your appointments in advance.
We recommend that you allow at least 2 and a half months for this entire process. This estimate is based on the following:
- Arrive at least 1 month before the baby is due
- Allow a week for the birth, which includes: 2 nights in the hospital, then going to the cartório for the birth certificate. Then paying the fees for the baby’s passport and permanent residency applications, so that the baby’s passport appointment can be booked.
- Allow 2 weeks for an appointment for the baby’s passport.
- Allow a further 2-3 weeks for the baby’s passport to be made.
It is possible to request an urgent baby’s passport appointment, if you can prove you are travelling soon and can show the flights, etc. However, we are reluctant to do this as it can attract attention to your application at the Policia Federal. Having a baby and then rushing back to your home country is often frowned upon.
While we do our best to ensure things move smoothly and quickly, sometimes bureaucracy can be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. For example, Brazil did run out of passport paper last year, which caused a delay in new passport creation. Such occurrences are unusual, so don’t worry too much, but be aware that they can happen.