Bolsonaro requests a visa for six more months in the U.S.

Archive – Jair Bolsonaro, former president of Brazil – WANG TIANCONG / XINHUA NEWS / CONTACTOPHOTO

Brazil’s former president Jair Bolsonaro has applied for a tourist visa to be able to stay in the United States for six more months, one of his lawyers has said in an interview with the British newspaper ‘Financial Times’.

«Florida will be his temporary home away from home (Brazil),» said the lawyer, Felipe Aleixandre founder of the firm AG Immigration. The former president «needs some stability», according to Aleixandre, who has left open the possibility of Bolsonaro applying for a permanent visa.

This comes after Flavio Bolsonaro, son of the former president, suggested over the weekend that his father could return to Brazil «tomorrow, in six months or never», as echoed by the newspaper ‘O Globo’.

The information is contradictory. While some, such as the president of the Liberal Party (PL), Valdemar Costa, speak that he could return next week, others of his close circle affirm that no date has been decided yet.

Bolsonaro himself stated a few days after having to be admitted to a hospital on January 9 for abdominal problems resulting from the stabbing he suffered in 2018, that he would bring forward his return to Brazil to be treated by his doctors. However, he remains in Orlando, Florida.