Monday, June 14, 2010
Married a Brazilian?
Just a little tip for those of you who married a Brazilian in your home country and are now moving to Brazil. I'm a little out of the loop because I did my entire process years ago but I doubt they've changed it much. If they have, they've only made it more complicated.
Anyway, my tip is to go to your closest Brazilian consulate with your marriage certificate, birth certificate, and any other important document you may need here. I spent a lot of money and time having official translations done (and they have to be official and are expensive) and then getting those official translations plus my documents certified as legitimate. I was told at one point that I could have saved myself the hassle by just going to the Brazilian Consulate in LA (I'm from San Diego) and getting a stamp. A stamp!
My husband and I married in San Diego but marriages from the US are not considered legal here. I had to get re-married to my husband in Brazil. Doesn't sound like a big deal but it is. They wouldn't accept any of my American documents without them being translated and verified. At the time I had to go all the way to Ilha de Governador to get them verified.
Once you manage to get all the paperwork done, you have to go back and have your names put in an official paper for a month before you can marry.
This is only the beginning of the officials! Everything has to be "official". Hell, you can't even sign a document most of the time without having to go to a Cartório and getting an official stamp saying you signed it. How do you get that stamp? You register at the Cartório with ID. You sign a bunch of papers and each time you get your signature officiated they check it. Apparently they are experts.
Anyway, call the Brazilian Consulate. That, in and of itself, may be a pain in the butt but it's a much smaller one than dealing with it here!
Putting it into perspective, I think I've killed about 25 trees getting copies and translations and dropping them off at all the different offices around the city. They know me at the Federal Police now. We're brothers from another Mother.