Brazil Work Permits

A Contractor's Guide to Work Permits: 

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for any contractor hoping to start working in Brazil. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Brazilian work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer.

The Brazilian work permit, known more commonly as the Brazilian Work Visa, is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Brazil is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue.

How Can Umbrella Companies Help You Get a Work Permit in : 

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Brazilian work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Brazil infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the Brazilian immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Brazilian Embassy directly. 

Through their service you may be able to use a business visa to get started quickly and then transition to a work visa in Brazil. It depends on your specific visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Brazil.


Question and Answers about Work Permits in Brazil

Q: Is it possible for a foreign national to be sponsored on a Work Permit in Brazil?
A: Yes

Q: How long does it take to get a Brazil Work Permit?
A: 30-45 days

Q: What is the visa process?
A: 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.

Q: What documentation is required from the candidate?
A: 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.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: $1200

Q: Can you transfer from a Business Visa to a Work Permit in Brazil
A: Not to a long term Brazil work permit

Common Questions and Answers about Business Visas in Brazil

Q: Can you organise business visas for Brazil?
A: Yes but it’s called a 90 day Work Permit

Q: How long does it take to process?
A: 1-2 weeks

Q: How much does a business visa in Brazil cost?
A: $825 USD

Q: Can nationals of certain countries enter Brazil without a Business Visa? For example on an entry visa or visa waiver?
A: 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.

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