Dear New Student,

We are delighted to welcome you as a new student to our University. The next few years will be a time of exciting challenges as well as academic and personal growth for you.

Moving to a new country can be challenging in many ways and one of the first ones is the bureaucracy. So, we put together the links below, starting off with information on how to obtain your visa, to help you out.

Once your arrive, you must take steps to legalize your stay here and you will become part of the student community only after you register at our online system and get your own PUC-Rio e-mail address.

Visa Information

The Brazilian Consulate on your country of residency is the only correct source of information on what is required to have your student visa issued. On this page, you will find links to the Consulates addresses and a list of the main paperwork needed.

Fiscal Requirement – CPF (Cadastro de Pessoa Física)

You must register at the Internal Revenue and get a tax number for yourself. As a student, you will not pay taxes but you will need this number to open a bank account, rent an apartment, buy a cell phone and so on. The form attached is for guidance only. You will be asked for this information.

Immigrant Registration – (Carteira de Registro Nacional Migratório)

As an immigrant, you must register at the Federal Police and have a Brazilian Identification Document issued. The application is online, in Portuguese and, at the end of the process, you must schedule an appointment for a personal interview at the Federal Police Offices, inside the International Airport in Rio de Janeiro.

It is very important that the interview is held within 90 days of your arrival date – the date stamped in your passport. There will be a fine to be paid, in cash, at a bank, if your interview is held after this period. There is a “step by step” file, to guide you through the process, on this page.

Open a Bank Account

The procedure described is valid for all banks; however, the forms used, for guidance only, are from Banco do Brasil, the official bank for payment of grants awarded by the Federal Government Agencies. In any case, you will be asked for this information at any bank at which you open an account.

PUC Online and E-mail Address

After you enroll in your course or programme, you must register at PUC Online, where your academic life will be managed and you can choose to have a PUC-Rio e-mail address, if you wish.

This site only deals with the first legal and bureaucratic requirements you will encounter on your move to Brazil. Additional information, helpful tips and academic queries can be obtained at the secretary of your Program or course and at the Dean’s Offices of the Center for Science and Technology:

Decanato do Centro Técnico Científico
12th Floor of the Ed. Cardeal Leme

Tel: (55-21) 3527-1303

VISA Information

Foreign students must hold a student visa, known as “Visto Temporário IV” (VITEM IV), prior to their arrival in Brazil.

An official list of Brazilian Consulates can be found at:

Or, in Portuguese:

Required Paperwork:

You must contact the Brazilian Consulate in your country of residency to obtain the complete list of requirements.

Only the essential documents are listed below:

  • original passport, valid for at least 6 (six) months, containing blank visa pages;
  • recent (at least 6 months) photograph (s), facing front in a plain/white background;
  • the original of the acceptance letter from the Coordination or the Department of your Programme;
  • a recently (at least 3 months) police clearance or a non-criminal record certificate, issued by the legitimate police department/authority in your country of residency;
  • proof of financial capability during your stay in Brazil or, if you are the recipient of a grant or scholarship, the original letter from the agency or institution;
  • an international yellow fever vaccination certificate, depending on your country of origin.
  • Original, certified/notarized copy of birth certificate.

Additional information and the online application can be found at:

Additional Paperwork:

You must keep the original of the Visa Application Form for the Brazilian Authorities.

If your filiation is not included in your passport, you must bring a document that contains this information. The Consulate will inform you if it needs to be translated and notarized to be valid in Brazil.

As part of the enrollment procedure at the University, your latest Academic Certificate and Records will be required.

NOTE: If you are a recipient of a grant or scholarship from a Brazilian Agency/Institution, make sure to have enough funds to support yourself for a period of, AT LEAST, two months.

Registration for the Individual Tax Registration (Cadastro de Pessoa Física – CPF)

This is the first document to be issued upon arrival.

The application can be made at the Receita Federal Office or at any branch of Banco do Brasil, Caixa Econômica Federal and Correios.

The addresses listed below are of the ones close to PUC-Rio Campus:

Receita Federal (Internal Revenue) – the quickest way to have it issued.
Address: Rua Barão da Torre, 296, Ipanema
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00, from Monday to Friday

Banco do Brasil – Gávea Branch
Address:Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 10, Gávea
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 16:00, from Monday to Friday

Caixa Economica Federal – Gávea Branch
Address: Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 52, Gávea (inside the Shopping da Gávea)
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 16:00, from Monday to Friday

Correios (Post Office) – Leblon 
Address: Av. Ataulfo de Paiva 822, Leblon
Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:00, from Monday to Friday

Required Paperwork:

  • your passport with the copy of your visa;
  • a document that states your mother’s name, if that information is not on your passport;
  • proof of residence – an utility bill, such as the electricity, gas, cable tv or landline phone bill;

lupaSee the location of the Receita Federal Office in Ipanema on the map below:


Information required for the CPF form:
Click on the image below to see the information on the form.

CPF Form

Federal Police Registration (Carteira de Registro Nacional Migratório)

*NOTE: The Federal Police is updating their site with the new registration procedure for foreign citizens.

Please check the before going to the airport

As part of the process of having your Brazilian ID card, you must be interviewed by a Federal Police officer within 90 days after the arrival date.

The questionnaire that needs to be filled out to register can be found, in Portuguese, at:

Information on the paperwork and how to apply is available here, in Portuguese.

Below please find a list of the usual documents: *Please note that there might be changes to this list.

-The form filled out, printed and signed (see the step by step below).

-The original of the passport and copies of the used pages.

-2 (two) 3 x 4 photos (colour and against a white background).

-The original of the Visa Application Form.

-Proof of financial capacity or grant, when applicable.

-Proof of enrollment at the University.

-The original of a Consular Certification.

-The original, certified/notarized copy of birth certificate.

-Proof of the tax (G.R.U.) paid, which can be issued at:

The interview is held at:

Tom Jobim International Airport – Galeão
3rd  Floor – Setor Vermelho (Red Sector)
Av. 20 de Janeiro, s/nº – Ilha do Governador
Rio de Janeiro – RJ
CEP: 21942-900

How to Get There:

By Bus:

There is a bus line, 2012, Gávea-Galeão, departing from the Marquês de São Vicente Street, (in front of the filling station at the beginning of Estrada da Gávea).

The fare is R$ 14,30 and the first bus departs at 6:00h.

There are other options that require changing buses.

In any case, it is advisable to check the itinerary for any bus line before your trip at site below. There is an English version, however the routes are in Portuguese:


By Taxi:
Each way will cost about R$ 80,00 on the regular taxis (yellow ones) and the fare should be clearly seen on the meter. The fare of the special taxis (taxis especiais) is fixed beforehand and is about R$ 130,00 from the Campus.

The link below can be used to make an estimate of the costs (site in Portuguese):

StepbyStep Federal Police_new_2018


Procedures to Open a Bank Account at Banco do Brasil

Students awarded grants from Funding Agencies (CAPES/CNPq) must provide an account number from Banco do Brazil.

The account can be opened at any branch (Agência), however, there is the option of the “Conta Fácil” app
(Click here to see the translation of the step by step available on the site)

Information, in Portuguese, can be found on the link below:

Although this account waives the need of paperwork, it has the following restrictions

-the sum of credits received and the balance of the account are limited to R$ 5.000,00 monthly,

-should be opened via a cell phone owned by a person with the same CPF,

-it is individual,

-it does not offer products and services, such as, credit cards, check books, loans and so on.

There are two options, Conta Facil Gratuita and Conta Facil Bonus – (basic translation on the files attached).

At some point, a branch number will be requested, and the nearest branches to the Campus are: Gávea (5651), Leblon (0598) and Jardim Botânico (1572)

  • Agência Gávea
    Address: Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 10, Gávea
    Opening Hours: 10:00 – 16:00, from Monday to Friday
  • Agência Leblon
    Address: Av. Bartolomeu Mitre, 438, Leblon
    Opening Hours: 10:00 – 16:00, from Monday to Friday
  • Agência Jardim Botânico
    Address: Rua Jardim Botânico , 707, Jardim Botânico
    Opening Hours: 10:00 – 16:00, from Monday to Friday

If you’d rather open the account on a branch, we suggest the Leblon one, as it is bigger.

A list of Q&A, in Portuguese, can be found at:

Required Paperwork (for opening an account on any bank): *You must go the Federal Police BEFORE opening the bank account*

  • the original of the CPF;
  • the original of your application (protocolo) for the Police registration;
  • the original of your passport;
  • a document that verifies your mother’s name, if that information is not on your passport;
  • proof of income – a letter from the department stating that you’ll receive a grant;
  • proof of residence – any original of a utility bill (electricity, gas, landline telephone and cable services) in your name.

If you do not have a bill on your name yet, you must present a declaration from your landlord or housemate, stating that you live on that address, a copy of their ID and a copy of the bill in their name, dated within the last two months.

The signature on the declaration must be notarized by a Public Notary and the copies must be authenticated, again by a Public Notary.

Information required on the bank account form for Banco do Brasil:

Click on the images below to see the translation for the first two pages of the form you’ll need to sign.

 Form Account BB Page 1 Form Account BB Page_2


PUC Online for Students

Once you have your registration number, you must register at the Academic System (SAU) – where you will manage your academic life – on the “PUC Online para Alunos” at:

PUC Online

PUC Online



PUC Online Registration Screen












On the form that follows, you will be asked:

  • to fill out your name exactly as it is on your admission form (abbreviations and accent marks included);
  • for your address;
  • for your mother’s name;
  • to create a password.

After you are registered at SAU, you can either access the system and check the list of services available or go to the RDC site to open your PUC-Rio e-mail account.

E-mail Account

You will only be able to open a student e-mail account after you are enrolled and are registered at PUC Online.

Go to:


Fill out the form with your registration number (no check digit) and your PUC Online password.

The user address will be:

The password must have 8 to 16 digits (letters and/or numbers) and does not need to be the same created for the PUC Online.


Tips on login names:

The user should avoid choosing a login name:

  • The user should avoid choosing a login name:
  • that may be offensive;
  • that may be associated to any trademarks or legal entity, other than PUC-Rio;
  • that may be confused with institutional login of the organizational units of PUC-Rio;
  • that is made up exclusively by words of generic use, such as “student”, “engineer”, “graduate” etc.

You can access your account, via webmail at:

Further information on RDC can be found, in Portuguese, at: