As a foreign resident, what is my status in your country?
The greatest Brazilian treasure is its own people: 194 million inhabitants who are the result of over 500 years of cultural blending that have helped create a nation filled with charisma, love and cheerfulness. As a foreigner, you are going to be welcomed!
What kinds of visas are available?
The three main visa types are:
- Business Temporary visa (short term)—business trip, except technical assistance
- Work Temporary visa (short duration)—up to 90 days technical assistance
- Work Temporary visa (long duration )—more than three months and up to one or two years
- Residence Temporary (Mercosul Agreement—Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia, Bolivia, Perú, Chile, Ecuador)
- Permanent visa (long duration)—more than three years (investor, family reunion, director)
Brazil practices a policy of reciprocity with respect to visas. The majority of citizens (two-thirds of all countries, including the United States and Canada) must apply for a visa BEFORE traveling to Brazil. Others may travel without a visa (for example, EU member countries). Travelers from Mercosul bloc countries may travel only with the ID card. The criteria is the nationality of the applicant as determined by his passport.
What is required to obtain these visas?
Brazilian visas are issued at Brazilian consulates and embassies. A work visa is necessary to obtain pre-work authorization from the Ministry of Labor.
The following are needed in order to obtain a Brazilian business visa:
- Passport, valid for at least an additional six months
- Copy of round-trip ticket
- One recent passport-size photo (color or black-and-white)
- Company name and invitation letter
- Proof that you have been properly vaccinated
- A completed visa application form (available at the Brazilian consulate or embassy).
You can apply for your visa as early as one month ahead of your trip. For more information, contact your local Crown office or your local Brazilian consulate.
Are spouses permitted and/or likely to find work?
Dependant visa holders in Brazil can apply for a work permit when they can show proof of a job offer. The dependent’s work authorization will have the same validity as the principal’s visa and will not require proof of education or professional experience as part of the visa application.
What are the main forms of identification and how does a newcomer obtain them?
In addition to the passport, all expatriates with a work visa, are required to register with the Federal Police to obtain the RNE (Foreign National Register). This is the Brazilian identification card.
Are there any other important permits I must obtain, or places where I must register right away?
Individual Taxpayer’s Identification Number (CPF)
Anyone who wants to legally work, get a mobile phone contract or open a bank account will need to have an Individual Taxpayer's Number (Cadastro Pessoa Fissical - CPF). This is effectively a tax and social security number recorded in a national database that includes an individual's tax record and also serves as a credit rating. This is not a requirement of residency, and non-residents may obtain a CPF in order to open a bank account or if buying property, for example.
What items should I avoid bringing into the country?
Do not bring firearms or drugs; food is also not recommended.
Is there anything else I should know about entering and remaining in the country legally?
Please contact Crown São Paulo for further information.
Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.