Exchange students have to comply with the Brazilian Immigration rules, especially carrying out the Foreigners National Registry (RNE, acronym in Portuguese) upon the arrival.

In addition, upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro, preferably within 15 days prior to the beginning of classes, the exchange students must present themselves at the UFRJ International Affairs Office (SCRI), with his/her passport and valid student visa.

Afterwards, the UFRJ International Affairs Office (SCRI) hands out to the exchange students Presentation Letters, that must be presented by the student at the academic unit where he/she will undertake courses.


Foreigners National Registry

warningEvery international student must register at the Department of Federal Police within 30 days of entering into Brazilian territory (for those who have Brazilian citizenship this is not necessary).


The registration can be done after two tax payments:

  • Taxa de Registro de Estrangeiro(International Registry Tax) – R$ 64,58.
  • Taxa da Carteira de Estrangeiro (International ID Tax – Original Copy) – R$124,23.

To pay these taxes, go to and follow these steps:

1 - Select the option GRU (Portuguese acronym for "Guia de Recolhimento da União"), the link Estrangeiros/Imigração, and then the link Pessoas e entidades estrangeiras.

2 - Fill in the necessary information at Guia de Recolhimento da União. In this document, parents names and the student e-mail fields must be filled in, as well as all fields marked with an “*”.



Fill in the field Nome in this order: First name, middle name and surname(s).

The field Unidade Arrecadadora should be filled in with Superintendência Regional do Rio de Janeiro.

The Códigos da Receita are 140082 (Registro de Estrangeiro – R$ 64,58) and 140120 (Carteira de Estrangeiro 1ª via – R$ 124,23). After this, you should print both documents and pay the taxes at any bank agency, always keeping the proof-of-payment.


After paying the fees, the student must mark an appointment with the Federal Police station through the form listed below, and show up there (located in “Galeão” International Airport) in the scheduled date and time, with all the required documents.

Required documents:

  • Federal Police Form duly filled in and printed. The form is available at;
  • Proof of scheduling printed.
  • Original and notarized copy of all used pages in your passport (including those with only one stamp);
  • Two 3x4 color photographs with white background;
  • Proof-of-payment for the taxes mentioned above (Taxa de Registro de Estrangeiro and Taxa de Carteira de Estrangeiro);
  • Visa Application Forms - received in the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate of the home country (original and copy).
UFRJ DRI - Diretoria de Relações Internacionais
Desenvolvido por: TIC/UFRJ