How can I claim asylum?

To apply for refuge in Brazil it is necessary to be present in the national territory. At any time after arriving in Brazil, immigrants who consider themselves victims of persecution in their country of origin must seek a Federal Police unit or immigration authority at the border. Anyone requesting asylum in Brazil cannot be deported to the border of a country or territory where their life or freedom is threatened.

The Asylum Request is COMPLETELY FREE and can be made directly by the asylum seeker. The presence of a lawyer is not mandatory.

CONARE prepared the applicant’s manual, which explains the step-by-step procedure for making a request. To download the manual click here.

If you need help with this process, please contact the nearest UNHCR partner organisation. Click here to access the list of organizations.

Gather all possible documents

Before requesting recognition of refugee status, gather all relevant documentation that can support your request, such as personal documentation, photos, certificates, videos, reports, messages, emails, news, etc. The more documents you send, the more items will be taken into account when reviewing your request.

IMPORTANT! Persons without an identity document can also apply for recognition of refugee status.

Register with Sisconare

According to the National Committee for Refugees (CONARE), Sisconare is the new platform on which all the processes related to asylum in Brazil will be processed. The system will gradually replace the paper form throughout the national territory. Thus, it will be handled by all actors who participate in some stage of the application process: applicants for recognition of refugee status, Federal Police, CONARE, and the refugees themselves.

To register:

  1. You must have a valid email address. If not, create one. You will receive an email message to set the Sisconare password, that’s why this step is so important!
  2. Register with Sisconare.
  3. Check that you have received a confirmation message in your email and follow the directions for setting your password.

See more details in the video below:

Complete the application form

Log in to Sisconare with your password and fill out the refugee status recognition form. If you have other relatives in Brazil, they can be included in the same way.

Answer all questions on the form, providing details and include all documents gathered in step 1.

After filling in the form, a tracking number will be generated, which can be found in the “notifications” section or in the upper left corner where there is a bell symbol.

Report to the Federal Police

You must go to the Federal Police to receive your application for recognition of refugee status and receive your Protocol (identification document as applicant in Brazil)

To schedule, click here.

  • To facilitate the service, take the Sisconare tracking number (printed or annotated).
  • Check whether it is necessary to:
    – Take a 3 × 4 photo

Your application for recognition of refugee status will only be complete after you appear at the Federal Police.


  • The protocol must be renewed annually.
  • With the Protocol, you can obtain a work card (CTPS), Individual Taxpayer Registration (CPF) and access the public services available in Brazil.

Wait for CONARE's decision

Conare will analyze your case and communicate to continue the process.

Keep your contact information up to date and enter Sisconare at least once a month to receive notifications about your request, such as the date of the interview and the final decision of the case.

If you prefer, watch the video that talks about the interview:

How to update your contact details?

  1. If you are registered with Sisconare: update your data on the system itself
  2. If you are not registered with Sisconare: send your updated data through an electronic petition to Conare. Visit the website for information on how to do this.

If you prefer, watch the video that talks about the progress of your asylum claim:

CONARE decision

  • If you are recognized as a refugee, go to the Federal Police (schedule an appointment) to apply for the National Immigration Registry (CRNM) card.
  • If your request is denied, you can file an appeal within 15 business days. This period starts from the moment you read the decision notification, which will be available on Sisconare, or 30 days after the notification is published in the system, whichever comes first. To make an appeal, you can count on the support of the Public Defender’s Office.