- Country Name: Federative Republic of Brazil
- Capital: Brasilia
- Population: 205,338,000 (2015 estimate)
- Language: Portuguese
- Time Zone: BRT(UTC -2 to -5)
- Dialing Code: +55
- Currency: Brazilian Real (BRL)
This FAQ has been created as an introductory guide to immigration procedures for Brazil. Since rules and requirements in every country are constantly changing and each case must be assessed on its own merits, for in-depth and up-to-date advice, please contact us.
Please note, we can only advise on matters relating to immigration and are unable support you with employment in a new region. We do however have a network of trusted partners that can support your move, so please visit Our Partners page for further information.
Engineering, oil & gas, technology, finance, management and education all offer employment opportunities for expats.
However, the large majority of expats working in Brazil are intra-company transferees assigned to a Brazilian branch of a multinational company, particularly in the textile, shipbuilding, pharmaceuticals, media and communications fields.
There are several options for work assignments in Brazil:
Permanent (VIPER) Visa (Administrator) – for applicants who are directors, managers, administrators or executives with managerial authority in a foreign entity and who will be transferred to serve in a senior management role at a branch or subsidiary in Brazil, provided the investment criteria are met.
Temporary Visa (Vitem V) (Technical Services) – for foreign nationals who will enter Brazil for up to one year to provide technical assistance services or transfer technology pursuant to a technical assistance or technology transfer contract.
Temporary Visa (Vitem V) Employment – Local Hire – for foreign nationals who will enter Brazil with a temporary local contract with a Brazilian entity.
Temporary Visa (Vitem V) (Trainee) – for foreign nationals who will enter Brazil to undertake intra company training, including on-the-job training..
Temporary Visa (Vitem V) (Technical Services) under 90 Days – for foreign nationals who will enter Brazil for up to 90 days to provide technical assistance services.
Processes and requirements will vary according to the type of work permit being applied for, the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependents. We therefore recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
The general process can be summarized as follows: The sponsoring company submits a work permit application to the Brazilian Ministry of Labor and Employment and once approved, the assignee goes to the local Brazilian diplomatic mission to submit the visa application. Following issuance of the visa, the assignee can travel to Brazil and start work.
For all work visas the RNE (foreign ID) Card is mandatory and the application has to be completed within 30 days of arrival. CPF (Tax ID Number) application and CTPS (Work Booklet) applications are submitted and processed in-country.
Requirements will vary according to type of work permit, country of application, and nationality of the applicant and any dependents.
Applicants will be required to submit a variety of personal and corporate documents to support the application which include, but are not limited to:
Passport, CV/Resume, job description, Police Clearance Certificate, birth certificate, employment contract, as well as a variety of corporate documents which may include: Company Card (CNPJ) and information on numbers of current foreign national employees and Brazilian employees, corporate charter, amendment to articles of Incorporation for Directorship, internal financial documents proving investment, electronic registration of Foreign Investments from the Central Bank of Brazil, salary details, training plan and agreement for technical services.
Some applicants will also be required to submit a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate, depending on the case.
A number of personal documents will also need to be legalized prior to submission. Some documents will also need to be translated in Brazil. Newland Chase can assist with this.
It typically takes two to six weeks until entry to Brazil and a further one to three months before the whole process is completed.
The duration of a work visa is related to its type:
Temporary Visas (Vitem V) Employment are generally issued for up to a maximum of two years in the first instance. This kind of permit may not be renewed but may be converted to a permanent visa after the initial two years. Note that, after the approval of this kind of renewal, an unrestricted permanent visa may be sought, however the foreigner must work continuously in the next two years.
Temporary Visa (Vitem V) Employment may be renewed once, for a further 12 months, but any extension after two years in total is not possible.
Temporary Vitem V Visa (Trainee) is only issued for a maximum of 12 months and is not renewable.
The Permanent (VIPER) Visa (Administrator) is initially issued for five years after which time, a permanent free (not linked to employer) visa may be applied for. Note that further criteria applies. Contact Newland Chase for case-by-case advice
Nationals from specified countries can enter Brazil without a visa for tourism or business purposes, for up to 90 days.
Tourists in Brazil are prohibited from engaging in business, work or academic activities. Assignees under a business visa are allowed to engage in short-term professional purposes that do not involve payment of wages/salary or financial compensation from a Brazilian entity such as:
Short-term business trips
Journalists, cameramen and news correspondents on short-term assignments or making documentaries
Individuals involved in installation, service, training and/or repair of equipment in Brazil, among others professional activities, DO NOT qualify for a business visa. They require a Temporary Visa V.
Given the above, while there is nothing to stop you looking for jobs, you are not permitted to commence any form of employment until you have acquired the appropriate work authorization.
There are various routes to permanent residency in Brazil:
As the manager or director of a multinational organization that wishes to transfer you to Brazil for employment. A work permit is required and it will be linked to a minimum level of direct investment of the foreign company.
As a foreign employee at a Brazilian company after two years of local employment contract.
As a foreign investor who intends to reside permanently in Brazil and will invest foreign funds into Brazilian business. Note that a minimum level of investment is required and this form of permanent visa will be issued conditionally for five years before review.
As a retired foreign national over 50 years of age with a monthly pension which meets a set financial threshold.
As the spouse of a Brazilian citizen.
As a parent of a Brazilian born child.
As a national of Mercosul signature country.
The requirements for the entry visa vary greatly depending on the consulate of application and – along with procedures – are subject to change.
As such we advise consult with your Newland Chase Immigration Advisor for current and detailed information. Some supporting documentation will require legalization, which, depending on the country of origin, may take several weeks.
You would be advised to start the visa application process well in advance of the desired date of relocation.