Police clearance certificate from Brazil
The type of certification varies depending on your resident status in Brazil.
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|
Federal Justice Department
The ‘Certidao Negativa’, ‘Certidao de Distribuiçao’, ‘Certidao Judicial’ or “Certidao regional para fins gerais” documents are issued by Federal Justice (Justiça Federal) and cover the civil and criminal courts. A Federal Justice police 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. As the Federal Courts are divided by regions with jurisdiction over different states, you will have to refer to the website of the regional Tribunal relevant to their case.
You will need Mozilla Firefox navigator to access this site as it 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.
Alternatively, you can attempt to access the individual regional tribunal websites:
Tribunal Regional Federal 1ª Região (Distrito Federal, Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Bahia, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais, Pará, Piauí, Rondônia, Roraima, Tocantins)
Tribunal Regional Federal 2ª Região (Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo):
Tribunal Regional Federal 3ª Região (São Paulo, Mato Grosso do Sul):
Tribunal Regional Federal 4ª Região (Paraná, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul):
Tribunal Regional Federal 5ª Região (Alagoas, Ceará, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte, Sergipe):
State Justice Department
Depending on the state, State Justice Department certificates may be provided by ‘Justiça Estadual’, ‘Secretaria de Segurança Publica’, ‘Tribunal de Justiça’, or ‘Departamento de Policia Civil’.
Certificates may be called Atestado de Antecedentes Criminais or Declaraçao or ‘Certidao’.
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.
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.
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.
A Brazilian Federal Police Clearance Certificate is required 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 the Brazilian Federal Police clearance, called Certidao de Antecedentes Criminais online.
Some charges may apply.
Federal Justice (Conselho da Justica Federal):
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:
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:
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