After a week of waiting, my passport was ready for pick-up at the Brazilian consulate. Since coming right at the hour of opening resulted in at least thirty or so people ahead of me when applying for the visa, I decided to arrive about fifteen minutes prior to the pick-up hours. That said, there was still a line of at least twenty persons ahead of me, and a room with seats filled with people waiting for passports and visas alike.
The process in itself is quite simple; bring with you the slip that was given to you in exchange for leaving your passport with the consulate. If you don’t bring the slip, things get much more complicated than need be, and the agents will vent their frustration at you. The waiting process goes by rather quickly, with number after number being called in a steady stream. Trading my “receipt,” I receive my passport with no problems and quickly check over the details of my visa so as to ensure everything is correct before making my way out the building.
So in a span of thirty-five minutes, I’ve signed into the building, ridden the elevator 21 floors, obtained my number, waited my turn, and received my passport. It’s more so a drag of having to make the extra trip uptown than anything that can lead to frustration – that and the hours are not exactly the most convenient. The consulate is only open for pick-up between 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM each business day.
Consulado-Geral do Brasil em Nova York
1185 Avenue of the Americas, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10036-2603