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Ex-Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro applied for six-month US visa

Ex-Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro applied for six-month US visa

Ex-Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro applied for six-month US visa

Former president of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro

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  • Jair Bolsonaro has applied for a six-month tourist visa to the US.
  • His attorney says he wants to “clear his head and enjoy being a tourist in the United States”.
  • He is the subject of an inquiry in Brazil after violent protests earlier this month.
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Jair Bolsonaro, the former president of Brazil, has applied for a six-month tourist visa to the US, according to his attorney, who spoke to the media.

Since December 30, Mr. Bolsonaro has been residing in Florida.

While the visa is being processed by immigration authorities, the former president intends to remain in the US.

After protesters attacked important government facilities earlier this month, he is the subject of an inquiry in Brazil.

Although Mr. Bolsonaro expressed “regret” for the turmoil, he insists it was not his fault.

In a statement to the BBC, the former president’s attorney Felipe Alexandre said that the former president had “devoted 34 years of his life to public service” and would “like to take some time off.”

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Initially, Mr. Bolsonaro entered the country on a 30-day-term A-1 visa for diplomats and chiefs of state. Prior to the inauguration of his socialist successor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on January 1, he traveled to the US.

According to Mr. Alexandre, an employee of the immigration law company AG Immigration, the former president wants to “clear his head and enjoy being a tourist in the United States for a few months before deciding what his next step will be.”

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Last Friday, Mr. Bolsonaro’s application for a B1/B2 tourist visa was accepted by US immigration officers, he claimed.

Following his loss in the general election of 2022, thousands of the former president’s supporters attacked federal facilities in Brasilia on January 8.

Mr. Bolsonaro has come under fire for the riots, in which protesters burst through security and attacked Brazil’s presidential palace, Congress, and Supreme Court after being incited by unfounded charges of election fraud.

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The former right-wing leader has been residing at the Florida House of former mixed martial arts fighter José Aldo. He is known as the “Donald Trump of the Tropics” because of his close ties to the former US president.

A fifth of the Brazilians living in the United States currently dwells in Florida, where his followers have descended upon the home in the gated neighborhood of Kissimmee.

Mr. Bolsonaro’s stay in the US has drawn criticism from Democratic politicians in Washington, DC. Numerous people requested that President Joe Biden “revoke” any diplomatic visas that Mr. Bolsonaro could have in a letter that was sent earlier this month.

“The United States must not provide shelter for him, or any authoritarian who has inspired such violence against democratic institutions,” they wrote.

Mr. Alexandre claimed that Mr. Bolsonaro “bears no responsibility” for the rioting in a statement to the Financial Times on Monday.

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