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Police clearance certificate from Brazil

Please Note:

  • We do NOT provide services or assistance in getting police clearance certificates from different countries.
  • We have just provided information on how to get the police clearance certificates from different countries.
  • We request you to refer to the Department of immigration and border protection website for latest information to get police clearance certificates from different countries.

 

Police Check – Brazil

You must provide police clearances from Brazil if you are:

  • a Brazilian national;
  • a current or former temporary or permanent resident of Brazil; or
  • a non-citizen currently residing or have resided in Brazil as a holder of a visitor (tourist) visa.

The table below shows the police clearances that you are required to provide depending on your resident status in Brazil.  (You might be required to provide more than one police clearance.)

Police Clearance Required
Resident status in Brazil Justice Federal State Justice Department Brazilian Federal Police
Brazilian Citizens (including dual nationals) YES YES  –
Non-citizens – current or former permanent residents YES YES
Non-citizens – current or former temporary residents YES YES
​Non-citizens – who reside or have resided in Brazil as holders of visitor (tourist) visas ​- ​- ​YES

Obtaining police certificates

Police certificate issued by the Federal Justice (Justiça Federal)

Name of Certificate – ‘Certidao Negativa’ or ‘Certidao de Distribuçao’

  • This covers the civil and criminal court and is available online in most states at http://www.cjf.jus.br/cjf/certidao-negativa.(applicant must use Mozilla Firefox navigator when accessing site**) This clearance also identifies crimes which are recorded on the Federal Police system. This clearance should be obtained for each state where you have resided for a cumulative period of 12 months or longer in the last 10 years since reaching the age of 16 years.
  • ** Note: This link/site may not be available when accessed in Australia. If you are having difficulty applying online while in Australia, you will need someone in Brazil (via a third person by ‘power of attorney’ or a family member or friend) to access this website and obtain the certificate on your behalf.
  • You can apply online for a Federal Justice clearance by providing your full name and your CPF number (Brazilian taxation number). There is no fee payable for this service. The online process is quick and the certificate is issued instantly.
  • If you are unable to obtain the clearance online, you may need to apply in-person or via a third person by ‘power of attorney’ to the nearest office of the Justice Federal in your state. Processing time will vary depending on the state.

Police certificate issued by the State Justice Department (Justiça Estadual, Secretaria de Segurança Publica, Tribunal de Justiça or the Departamento de Policia Civil, depending on the state)

Name of Certificate – ‘Atestado de Antecedentes Criminais’ or ‘Declaraçao’

  • You can obtain a State Justice clearance online in most states by providing your Brazilian National Identity card number, known as (RG) or your Registro Nacional de Estrangeiros (RNE) – Foreigner ID card. A fee might be payable in some states. Certificates should be provided for each state in Brazil in which you have resided for a cumulative period of 12 months or longer in the last 10 years since reaching the age of 16 years.
  • If you are unable to obtain the State Justice clearance online, you might need to apply in person or give a Power of Attorney (Procuraçao) to a family member or friend in Brazil to obtain the certificate on your behalf. As processes for obtaining State Justice certificates vary by state, you should make contact with the relevant authorities in the state in question to seek clarification where required.

Police certificate issued by the Brazilian Federal Police

Name of Certificate – ‘Certidao de Antecedentes Criminais’

You can only obtain the Brazilian Federal Police clearance if:

  • you are currently residing in Brazil as a holder of a visitor (tourist) visa and have resided in Brazil for a cumulative period of 12 months or longer in the last 10 years since reaching the age of 16 years; or
  • you have resided in Brazil as a holder of visitor (tourist) visa for a cumulative period of 12 months or longer in the last 10 years since reaching the age of 16 years.

You can obtain this clearance online through the following website:http://www.pf.gov.br/servicos-pf/antecedentes-criminais. There is no fee payable for this service. The online process is quick and the certificate is issued instantly.

Note: In all cases, police certificates must also be professionally translated into English by a certified translator.

Street address:

BRAZIL​

Website:

http://www.cjf.jus.br/cjf/certidao-negativa

 

Please note:
  1. The information provided here is correct as on 20 November 2018. The information is taken from the Department of Home Affairs website: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/contact-us/offices-and-locations/list
  2. Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website (https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/) to get updated and accurate information.
  3. Please always rely on the information provided by the Department of Home Affairs. The information in our website may become outdated when the Department of Home Affairs makes any changes in their website.

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Police clearance certificates

Depending on your Australian visa application type and your personal circumstances, you may be required to provide a police clearance certificate with your Australian visa application so that the Australian Government can determine whether you are of good character.

If you are required to provide a police clearance certificate, you must obtain the certificates from all the countries you have lived for 12 months or more cumulatively during the last 10 years.

Police clearance certificates are also known as a penal clearance certificate or Certificate of Criminal Record in some countries. Unless otherwise requested by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, police clearance certificates are not required for persons under the age of 16 years.

Character requirements for an Australian Visa

If you want to enter Australia with a visa, you must be of good character and you will be assessed against the character requirements for the type of Australian visa you will be applying. As part of your Australian visa application, you might be required to provide a police clearance certificate (from each country where you have stayed for 12 months or more in the last 10 years) or other suitable evidence to satisfy the character requirements.

Under Section 501 of the Migration Act 1958, the Minister for Immigration or the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection can refuse or cancel your visa, if you do not meet the character requirements.

Character test to get an Australian visa

You will not pass the character test for an Australian visa if:

  • you have a substantial criminal record. This means that you have been sentenced to 12 months or more in prison, or multiple sentences that add up to more than 12 months in prison. A suspended sentence is also considered a prison sentence.
  • you have been convicted of escaping from immigration detention, or convicted for an offence that you committed:
    • while you were in immigration detention
    • during an escape from immigration detention
    • after an escape, but before you were taken into immigration detention again.
  • you are or have been a member of a group or organisation, or had or have an association with a person, group or organisation that the Minister for Immigration reasonably suspects of involvement in criminal conduct
  • the Minister for Immigration reasonably suspects that you have been involved in people smuggling, people trafficking, genocide, a war crime, a crime against humanity, a crime involving torture or slavery, or a crime that is of serious international concern, whether or not you have been convicted of such an offence
  • your past and present criminal or general conduct shows that you are not of good character
  • there is a risk that while you are in Australia you would:
    • engage in criminal conduct
    • harass, molest, intimidate or stalk another person
    • vilify a segment of the Australian community
    • incite discord in the Australian community or in a part of it
    • be a danger to the Australian community or a part of it.
  • you have been convicted of, or found guilty or had a charge proven for one or more sexually based offences involving a child,
  • you are subject to an adverse security assessment by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
  • you are subject to an Interpol notice, from which it is reasonable to infer that you a direct or indirect risk to the Australian community, or a segment of the Australian community.

When is a police clearance certificate required?

If you are over the age of 16 and have lived in any of the countries for a total of one year or more in the last 10 years, you must get a Police clearance certificate from that country.

How long my police clearance certificate is valid?

For Australian immigration purposes a police clearance certificate is deemed to be valid for 12 months from the issue date.

How can you get a police clearance certificate?

For instructions on obtaining a certificate from an overseas government or law enforcement authority, refer to the relevant country information.

If you are required to provide an Australian police clearance certificate because you have spent more than 12 months in Australia within the last 10 years, you must complete the Australian Federal Police (AFP) National Police Check application form which is available from the AFP website:

For information on how to apply for a police clearance certificate from another country, please see the respective country information on this website or in the Department of Immigration Website.