I'm an European Union citizen temporarily living in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I have a student visa (VITEM IV) that is valid for 7 months, starting from 01.10.2013 to 01.05.2014, which I cannot extend. I need to stay in Brazil till 28.08.2014, when I have my flight back to Europe (overstaying my visa with approximately 120 days).
I don't consider the period between 01.05.2014 - 01.08.2014 a problem (staying in Brazil with an expired student visa), since I can keep a low profile.
What is the problem?
The problem is that I need to take internal flights (Sao Paulo - Foz do Iguacu - Manaus - Salvador - Rio de Janeiro - Sao Paulo) between 01.08.2014 - 28.08.2014 . (with one of those GOL or TAM internal air passes)
Even though most forums say that when you take internal flights in Brazil they don't really check your visa status, but just the identification page of your passport, I can not risk that (since I'm not going to be traveling alone).
I cannot risk being denied boarding one of those flights. Ending up in Manaus and being the only one in my group not being able to board a flight to Salvador wouldn't be the nicest thing.
Fact to consider:
European Union citizens can only visit Brazil as tourist visa-free for 90 days within a 180 day period.
What solution did I think about?
Around 26.05.2014 (therefore my visa will be expired for 25 days) go to Argentina for 1-2 days and then come back as a tourist (which would allow me to stay 90 days, therefore let's say the validity period would be 28.05.2014 - 28.08.2014, which will allow me to take internal flights without problems).
What are my questions?
- Will I be denied entry in Brazil (therefore not being granted the tourist status I'm hoping for) when I come back from Argentina based on the fact that I overstayed my student visa and just exited Brazil 1-2 days before?
- Is it possible to enter as a tourist immediately after having a student visa? (Asking this due to being allowed to stay 90 days within 180 days in Brazil, as an European Citizen. Is it possible that they take into consideration my previous 7 months of staying in Brazil and not grant me entry because 90 days didn't pass in between?)
- Can anyone think of a better solution that the one I came up with?
Unrelated question, but would be nice to know:
- Currently I have a bank account at Itau. Will I have problems with it due to my expired visa? Does anyone check these things?
I just found on Brazil's consulate in London website here (number 13) mentioned that it is possible to re-enter the country as a tourist. It doesn't mention though if that can happen immediately.
But I found this other source that does mention that I can come back immediately on a tourist visa.
Now the question is if I will be allowed to re-enter Brazil from Argentina on a tourist visa, taking into consideration that I overstayed my student visa just 1-2 days before.
I really don't want to break the law by applying this solution, but it doesn't seem like I have a choice.
The background story is the following:
I came to Brazil to have an internship through a student organization. I asked for the period of my staying in Brazil to be 1 year from the start, but somehow that was not possible and I was assured that I can extend my student visa for a period equal to the initial period (so another 7 months).
Knowing that I can extend my visa, I booked those internal flights in August and my flight ticket back to Europe on 28.08.2014.
Meanwhile, this student organization lost the connection/partnership with the university that I was linked to, making it impossible for me to renew my student visa.
Therefore I need to find a solution to get out of this situation. I thought and asked a lot about it, and this seems to be the best solution so far. If anyone knows a 100% legal solution so I'm not overstaying, then I would be really happy to hear about that and use that instead.