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How to apply for asylum in Brazil?

How to apply for asylum in Brazil?

According to the Brazilian Refugee Law, a refugee is anyone who flees his or her home country because of a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group, or because of a situation of grave and widespread human rights violation in his or her home country. This can occur, for example, when a person’s life, liberty, or physical integrity is seriously jeopardized in their respective home country.

Please Note: The asylum claim is completely free of charge and can be made directly by the asylum seeker. The presence of a lawyer is not required.

The first thing is to complete the registration process.  Go to Sisconare to register. Once you complete the application form report to the Federal Police. You have to wait for CONARE’s decision.

How to contact CONARE’s General Coordination? 

Website: www.justica.gov.br/seus-direitos/refugio
Emails: conare@mj.gov.br and sisconare@mj.gov.br
Phone: (61) 2025-9225

Gather all relevant documentation that can support your request, such as personal documentation, photos, certificates, videos, reports, messages, emails, news, and so on, before requesting recognition of refugee status. The more documents you send, the more items will be considered when your request is reviewed.

IMPORTANT! Individuals who do not have an identity document may also apply for refugee status recognition.

To register:

  1. A valid email address is required. If not, make one. You will receive an email with instructions on how to set the Sisconare password, which is why this step is critical!
  2. Check your email for a confirmation message and then follow the instructions for setting your password.

If you have been recognized as a refugee, go to the Federal Police (make an appointment) to apply for a National Immigration Registry (CRNM) card.
If your request is denied, you have 15 business days to file an appeal. This period begins when you read the decision notification, which will be available on Sisconare, or when the notification is published in the system, whichever comes first. You can count on the Public Defender’s Office’s assistance if you file an appeal.

Is it simple to apply for asylum in Brazil?

To apply for asylum in Brazil, an individual must be present on Brazilian territory. The asylum claim is completely free of charge and can be made directly by the asylum seeker. The presence of a lawyer is not required.

Is it legal to seek asylum?

The asylum application is completely free. The presence of a lawyer is not required. If you require assistance with your asylum claim, you can always contact one of UNHCR’s partners; there, you will find lawyers who will not charge you for their services.

Is there a time limit for filing an asylum claim?

No. A foreigner who considers himself or herself to be a victim of persecution in his or her country of origin will be able to file an asylum claim at any time after arriving in Brazil. It is not necessary to travel to or live in Brasilia, where CONARE’s headquarters are located, to begin the process of obtaining refugee status.

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