Posted October 25th, 2017, 03:35 PM
I am writing this in hope that our experience of yesterday applying for a Brazilian visa at their consulate in New York might be of help to other people. I am merely reporting what happened and making suggestions based on that. Others' experiences may differ completely. "YMMV."
We (two couples) are cruising in February on a round trip cruise BA to Rio. Separately and together, we spent more than a few man-hours completing the online form and producing pictures that could be both uploaded for submission and fit the indicated space on the receipt. Once the forms were accepted, we followed the directions to glue our pictures to the receipts which we were to take to the consulate. Having read here on CC of the long line that forms before the 2:00 pm opening time, we got there extra early and were 4th in line. We then waited on the sidewalk in the wind and rain for over an hour, thinking it would all be worth it. However, when we presented our documents, my wife and I were told that our pictures were unacceptable. I protested that they were our actual passport pictures, but this only infuriated the counter girl. She insisted we get new pictures made at the CVS nearby and, most surprisingly, "Don't cut them or glue them to the page!" Our friends (who had produced their pictures from their passport photos as we did) also were told that they should not have cut and glued their fitted pictures to the form. They, fortunately, had their originals with them and were able to remove the glued ones and submit the originals.
With no alternative, we complied and brought back our forms along with the new pictures (which cost us another $30). A different clerk then cut our pictures and glued them to the form, pasting them so that they partially covered the bar coding on either side of the picture space. Finally, we got our visas about a half hour after our friends had left for home on an earlier train.
So, based on what happened to us, I would offer the following counter-intuitive suggestions:
(1) Do not arrive early to get near the head of the line. Get there around 2:45 or 3:00 when there will be no line at all. You won't save any time, but at least you can wait inside sitting on one of the many chairs.
(2) Do not drive yourself crazy trying to take an existing passport photo and resize it to fit the little box on the receipt. They do not seem to care if it goes outside of the lines. Just bring the originals.
(3) Ignore the direction to glue it to the receipt. They will cut and paste for you.
Of course, none of the above may work for you because, in the end, you are still dealing with third-world bureaucracy. Good luck.