BVAC- Brazil Humanitarian Visa Application Centre in Haiti
The Brazil Visa Application Centre (BVAC) is a centre in Port-au-Prince exclusively dedicated to Haitian citizens applying for special humanitarian permanent visas (VIPER), which aims to ensure a safe, dignified and legal migration channel to Brazil.
The BVAC centre was created in 2015 as a mean to increase the processing of humanitarian permanent visas in response to the concern of the growing number of people travelling to Brazil irregularly.
As numerous Haitian migrants were falling prey to migrant smuggling and trafficking networks who promised to help them reach Brazil through what is known as “the jungle route”, the Government of Brazil established mechanisms to enable migrants to obtain visas in countries of origin and transit. Since 2012, Brazil has issued humanitarian permanent visas to Haitians coming to the country, which allow them to work and enjoy the same rights of any other foreigner in a regular situation.
With the aim of reducing the risk factors of these dangerous irregular departures, the special humanitarian visas for Haitian nationals offer a legal, transparent, and significantly cheaper alternative
IOM Haiti’s BVAC is the first and currently only Visa Application Center of its kind in the world. Two categories of humanitarian visas are being processed by the BVAC – Special Permanent Visas and Family Reunification Permanent Visas.
IOM supports applicants in filing their online applications, as well as verifying supporting documentation. The applications are then be submitted to the Brazilian embassy for adjudication and actual visa issuance.
Applicants have access to information guide on Haitian Migration to Brazil, work for migrants and refugees and also social rights of migrants in Brazil through our website. IOM BVAC also works closely with Brazilian NGO’s Centro Zanmi and Viva Rio to support Haitian migrants submitting family reunion applications.
With BVAC, IOM Haiti is actively involved in the migration dialogue between Brazil and Haiti, with the aim to strengthen regular migration channels, improve information flows and provide the greatest possible protection for migrants.
More information on http://haiti.iom.int/bvac/