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Trouble with Brazilian Visa and Flights

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We booked frequent flyer tickets from USA to Brazil and then our outgoing ticket is from Peru back to USA. I was planning on booking the flight from Rio, Brazil to Cuzco, Peru independently through TACA. I just got off the phone with the Brazilian consulate in Chicago and they told me I HAVE to have a roundtrip ticket from USA to Brazil and then from Brazil back to USA. What I am worried about is they won't approve our visa.

Further complicating things, it was about $160 cheaper to book a roundtrip ticket from Brazil to Peru even though we would use the one ticket. Since that shows us heading back to Brazil, I am worried the consulate won't approve the Visa because it looks like we would be heading back to Brazil. I haven't booked this flight yet, so I could still pay the extra $160 for the one way flight. Even if I do that though, I am nervous that they won't accept our Visa application since we don't fly back from Brazil to the USA.

The guy at the consulate was very unfriendly and kept saying "those are the rules". He told me I could e-mail the consulate, which I will, but I'm betting I won't get a response!

Does anyone have any advice? We fly out on October 27th so we don't have much time to get our Visas! Maybe we should just pay a Visa service to help coordinate this?

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