Important Brazilian documents: the good news for Brazilians is that from this year the consular processes are much easier, with Brazil’s adherence to the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, which eliminates the need for consular legalisation for the use of Brazilian public documents in the 108 countries party to the agreement – including the UK.
Learn more about some of the services offered by the Brazilian Consulate in London:
Certificate of Residency
The certificate is intended to verify the length of overseas stay of Brazilians returning to Brazil indefinitely. The document needs to be presented to the IRS for customs duty exemption purposes when the holder finally returns to Brazil, after residence in the UK for a minimum continuous period of 12 months.
Travel authorisation for a minor
Authorisation is required for travel to and from Brazil even if a Brazilian minor has another nationality and is traveling on a foreign passport. This document is also required in the case of children born abroad with Brazilian parents, who have not yet been registered with the appropriate consular services.
In accordance with Brazilian legislation voting is obligatory for Brazilians aged 18-70, even if they are residents overseas. For electoral purposes, a resident in the UK is someone who has been living in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland for at least 3 months.
It is necessary to complete a form found on the Consulate website in order to process a Brazilian passport application. In cases of renewal if the passport expired more than two years previous you should submit your documentation with a recent photo. Children under 12 do not need to appear in person to apply for a passport.
Registering a birth
With the consular registration of a birth, children of Brazilians officially obtain Brazilian nationality. Without the registration it is not possible to apply for any other Brazilian documents, such as a passport. If the parents have a scheduled marriage in the UK it is recommended that you first register the marriage and then the birth afterwards.
Registering a marriage
The wedding of Brazilian citizens in the UK must be registered with the Consulate so that it can be validated in Brazil.
Registering a divorce
A divorce can be carried out both in Brazil and in the UK. For divorces conducted in the UK to have the correct legal effects in Brazil you must follow the instructions of article 53 of the National Council of Justice (CNJ). The procedures vary according to the type of divorce.
Brazilian citizens who pass away in the UK should have the death registered by a Brazilian family member or a foreign citizen and must visit the Consulate. Requirements by the Sanitary Authority for the shipment of bodies should be checked on the Consulate’s website.
Duplicate consular documents
The Consulate is not able to issue duplicates of Brazilian documentation issued by Brazilian notaries in Brazil. In this case the applicant must contact the registry office where the document was issued. This service is available exclusively by postal request.
The Consulate does not provide a regular telephone service for documentation services, only in the case of emergency –accident, death and imprisonment. The best way, even in cases of urgency, is to send your query via e-mail. For questions about these services and any other information, visit the official website of the Consulate General of Brazil in London: cglondres.itamaraty.gov.br