- How much does a sponsored work permit cost in South America?
- Can we provide business visas in South America?
- Can an individual transfer from a South America Business Visa to a South America work permit whilst still in country? If they have to leave, do they have to go back to their country of origin or just clear the border?
- Can we provide local payroll in South America?
- What level of local payroll is required when contracting in South America?
- What are the tax and social security costs in South America?
- What is the total onboarding cost for outsourced employment in South America?
- Are there additional taxes that apply in South America such as Value Added Tax (VAT), Goods and Services Tax (GST) or Withholding Tax (WHT)?
- Are there any foreign nationalities that are problematic when getting visas and permits in South America?
We have the most recent costs listed here. Be aware that costs can vary according to the nationality of applicant and factors such as whether they have any dependents. They are largely comprised of government fees, which are also liable to change. It is best to contact us and get you an up to date and accurate cost on South America work permits for your particular contractors.
Find out here (the short answer is yes)! The long answer is that it depends on the nationality of the contractor, what they will be doing, and what happens after the business visa runs out. e.g. will you be planning to finish the assignment, extend the business visa, or transfer to a work permit?
Can an individual transfer from a South America Business Visa to a South America work permit whilst still in country? If they have to leave, do they have to go back to their country of origin or just clear the border?
See the answer here. Note we’ll need to check your case with our local partner to be sure. It can be influenced by the individual’s country of origin and the nature of work they will perform. Generally, if you aren’t able to transfer in country, you need to return to your country of origin.
Yes, our local partner can run a full local payroll. This includes receiving funds from another local company or a foreign entity, deducting local taxes & social costs, reporting same to the relevant government department and supplying payslips. They can make payment within 24 hours of receiving cleared funds. Go here for further details of how payroll works in South America.
This depends on what job title and visa status the contractor holds. We ensure that the level of salary is sufficient to meet all regulatory requirements. We have listed the minimum salary for a candidate to get sponsored for a work permit.
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Unfortunately, we aren’t able to publish figures online because the costs vary according to the circumstances. You can see the management fees here, but there may be other costs like Employers Social Security, Payroll Tax or Withholding Tax. We have a number of local partners who can provide employment outsourcing in South America, so you’re assured to get the most competitive price. If you’d like a quote please contact us.
This can be influenced by which country your company is incorporated in, as well as the tax laws of South America. Sometimes the nature of the work or services provided can also influence whether with-holding tax applies. If you can share some details with us, we can confirm with our local experts.
There are some nationalities who receive extra scrutiny in South America, meaning their applications will take longer and require additional documentation or checks. This is often due to political reasons and can change accordingly. It’s not prudent to say that any nationalities are “out of favour.” Our partners in South America haven’t recently experienced problems with citizens of the EU, USA, Canada or Australia. For all other nationalities, it’s best to check the current climate.