This is a difficult question to answer, but we can give you estimates. We recommend that you allow at least 2 and a half months for this entire process. Here’s why:
How soon to arrive: (at least 5 weeks before the birth)
- We recommend arriving before your 35th week of pregnancy, which means arriving about a month before your baby is born.
- Your arrival date in Brazil will most likely be determined by the rules of your airline. Please contact your airline to find out how late in the pregnancy you can fly. Also, remember that you will need to fly from Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo, so you need to be aware of the rules for the Brazilian airline you will be using too.
How soon you can return home: (at least 5-6 weeks after the birth)
- We recommend allowing 1-2 weeks for the birth, time in hospital and gathering your documents, paying fees and making appointments for the baby’s passport and permanent residency applications.
- We then recommend you allow up to 4 weeks for your baby’s passport to be made and for you to attend the necessary appointments.
- You should use this time to organise the necessary paperwork to ensure your Brazilian-born baby can return to your home country. (We do not handle this part of the process. You will need to contact your country’s embassy in Brazil.)
- You can return home once you have your baby’s passport. We can collect your permanent residency visas on your behalf and can forward these to you in your home country.
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.