Contract in Brazil

Contracting in Brazil - FAQ

What is the monthly cost of using an Umbrella Company in Brazil? 

5% with a minimum of €300 a month.


How long does it take to get a work permit in Brazil?

30 to 45 days.

What is the estimated net retention in Brazil for a contractor earning USD 500 per day?

Depends on a number of factors: how long the contractor will be in Brazil, if there’s local invoicing etc.

What is the estimated net retention in Brazil for a contractor earning USD 1000 per day?

Depends on a number of factors: how long the contractor will be in Brazil, if there’s local invoicing etc.

*doesn’t include fee for work permit or other immigration costs

More questions? See the rest of the FAQ for more information on the Brazil work permit process

Getting Started

Taking a contract in Brazil means tackling numerous administrative headaches. Before you even begin working as an independent contractor, there are complicated payroll, tax, and immigration issues to work out.

All this complex admin comes on top of any personal matters you need to sort, as well. Even worse, it can be a huge nuisance when you’re already in Brazil, trying to adjust to a huge relocation – and a new contract!

Streamlining even a few of these obstacles can dramatically improve your experience.

Luckily, there are ways to simplify more than just a few…

Freelance Brazil Requirements


One of your first hurdles will be securing the proper work permit. To get one, you usually need an employer to sponsor you. This means they take full responsibility for you while you’re working in the country.

That’s fine for full-time employees, but what about independent contractors?

Many clients won’t offer sponsorship for a temporary worker and, even if they do, you’ll need to apply for a new permit for each new contract. This creates a mountain of paperwork each time you want to work with a new client.


Additionally, you need to figure out what you owe (if anything) in taxes for your work in Brazil.

Of course, there’s also your country of tax residency; you’re likely to owe something on that front, too.

You can take advantage of certain tax structures, but doing so requires a strong familiarity with expat tax law in Brazil.

Benefits of working through an Umbrella Company in Brazil

You can outsource a lot of these admin problems to specialists at an Umbrella Company (or contractor management company).

An Umbrella Company basically becomes your full-time “employer,” even though you stay in control of your workload, clients, and schedule. The Umbrella Company simply collects and processes your payments, filtering out social security and any necessary fees.

They can also sponsor your work permit, meaning you get to take on new clients without the aggravation of applying for a new permit each time.

Even better, most specialise in tax law for contractors in Brazil and can ensure you’re keeping the largest amount of your earnings as possible. They can even assist you with reducing your tax liability back home.

In short, you get all the benefits of a working for an employer, without sacrificing your autonomy as a contractor.

How to get started with the right Umbrella Company

There’s a lot of Umbrella Companies out there; finding the right one for you can be daunting.

We’ve done the research on Umbrella Companies in Brazil, and know how to match contractors with the perfect company. If you’ve already secured a contract, get in touch with us and let us know your situation. We can get you started with the best Umbrella Company for you, or simply offer feedback on contracting in Brazil.

Oh, and we don’t charge anything. Drop us a line and get free, honest, simple advice.

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Additional FAQ - work permits & payroll


What is the cost of a Work Permit in Brazil? $1200 USD.

What documentation is required for a work permit in Brazil?

Copy of the passport, certified proof of professional experience, updated CV, education certificates, details of address of the assignment in Brazil, proof of payment of consular fee, 2 recent passport photos, supporting services contract, work visa application form.

What is the work permit process in Brazil?

Sponsoring company makes the application in Brazil once all the relevant documentation is received from the candidate, once approved the candidate takes the approved work permit to the Brazilian Consulate in their country of origin to have it stamped in their passport.

Can you transfer from a business visa to a work permit in Brazil?

Not to a long term Brazil work permit.

Can we organise a business visa for Brazil?

Yes, but it’s called a 90-day Work Permit.

How long does it take to process a business visa in Brazil?

1 to 2 weeks.

How much does a business visa cost in Brazil?

$825 USD.

Can nationals of certain countries enter Brazil without a business visa (ex. on an entry visa or visa waiver)?

Yes. Citizens of the following countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,
Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sovereign Military Order of Malta (citizens of Malta
must have a visa), Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City - can enter Brazil without a visa either for tourism or business for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days.


$4,000 USD.

How does payroll work in Brazil?

Much the same as it does globally. Your employer (the company sponsoring your visa) pays the employee on a monthly basis after deducting social security, income tax and payroll tax (estimated at 31% by the World Bank). These deductions are paid direct to the Brazil tax authorities. Candidates are able to offset their taxable income with relevant business expenses. The World Bank estimates it takes employers in Brazil an extraordinary 490 man days to ensure compliance with payroll and labour taxes each year! This is one of the major reasons why outsourcing Brazilian payroll is so attractive to employers.