Work Visas for Brazil

For the foreign employee hired to work in their company’s Brazilian subsidiary, a temporary or permanent Brazilian Work Visa is required. The list of available Work Visas is quite lengthy, and determining the correct one will be dependent on a variety of factors, including:

  • The nature of the individual’s professional role.

  • Their specific reason for coming to Brazil.

  • Their intended length of stay.

 

In most cases, Brazilian Work Visas are only made available to those individuals who will be employed by a registered Brazilian company, and who will, therefore, be subject to Brazilian labor and tax regulations.

Temporary Labor Visa with an Employment Agreement

This type of work visa is intended for foreigners that are engaged in remunerated activities in a Brazilian company. Also, it is required to execute a local Labor Contract valid for up to 2 (two) years, renewable for another 2 years.

 

It’s required from the candidate:

  • A evidence of instruction and professional practice in the field in which the individual will work in Brazil.

  • A master's degree or higher that is compatible with the activities that will be carried out in Brazil. In case the position does not require a degree, the foreigner must document at least 3 years of experience in that profession.

Temporary Technical Visa with a Foreign Agreement

In order to provide technical service, the foreigner continues to be the foreign company’s employee, without an employment bond for 1 (one) year and might be extended just once, for equal period.

Temporary Technical Visa for a 90 Days Period

In order to provide short term technical services, we have a more simplified work visa, for a period of 90 days and cannot be extended, unless need is proven. This is usually granted in emergency situations, ex. machinery broken down. or natural disaster. The visa must with the Brazilian company - there is no control on how the person is paid or employed. This type of work visa is authorized based on a Transfer of Technology, Technical Assistance or Technical Cooperation Agreement executed by and between the Brazilian company and the foreign company, in addition to the submission of a detailed Training Plan.

 

The visa is valid be obtained from a Brazilian consulate in the applicant's home country, and the registration with the Federal Police Department that must occur within 30 days is mandatory. The recipient is allowed to apply for another type of visa during the 90-day period, if necessary.

Temporary Apprenticeship and Training Visa

This type of visa is authorized for Apprenticeship, between companies of the same economic group or professional training for recent graduates. The visa is valid for a maximum of 1 (one) year, non-extendable, without employment bond in Brazil.

 

FAQ's Work Visas for Brazil

How to know if a Work Visa is needed for Brazil?


Unless your host country is part of Mercosur agreement, you will need a Work Permit.




How long does it take to get the Work Visa approved?


After receiving the necessary documentation to proceed, it takes approximately 2 to 3 months.




How long a Brazil Work Visa is valid for?


It could be until 2 years, but It is possible to request an extension for 2 years or even alteration to a permanent Visa.
Note that Technical Visa is valid for 90 days to 1 year.




How is the process for the Work Visa application?


In order to apply for the Work Visa you must to have a company sponsoring your visa as we will need to present a letter to the Ministry of Labor.




What are the types of Work Visa?


Temporary Work Visa with Brazilian Employment Agreement: This type of work visa is intended for foreigners that are engaged in remunerated activities in a Brazilian company. Also, it is required to execute a local Labor Contract valid for up to 2 (two) years, renewable for another 2 years. An employment relationship is established between the parties and the company must comply with Brazilian labor and social security law. Temporary Technical Visa with Foreign Employment Agreement: In order to provide technical service, the foreigner continues to be the foreign company’s employee, without an employment bond with the Brazilian company, thus­ there is no control on how the person is paid or employed. This type of work visa is authorized based on a Transfer of Technology, Technical Assistance or Technical Cooperation Agreement executed by and between the Brazilian company and the foreign company, in addition to the submission of a detailed Training Plan. The visa is valid for 1 (one) year and is renewable for an additional year. Administrative, financial and managerial activities are not considered to be technical assistance. Temporary Technical Visa for 90 days: In order to provide short-term technical services, we have a more simplified work visa, for a period of 90 days and cannot be extended. This is usually granted in emergency situations. The new Resolution provides that the Visa must be requested directly to the Brazilian Consulate abroad without any involvement of the Brazilian Ministry of Labour, so the processing time was reduced. Please note that individuals in executive, administrative or financial roles are not entitled to this visa.




Can a tourist visa holder apply for a Work Visa without leaving Brazil?


An individual who enters Brazil as a tourist must exit the country with the same status. This means that tourists are not permitted to change a visa from one type to another during his/her stay in the country. A possible employer must initiate the application of a Work Permit on behalf of the applicant. Once approved, the applicant must leave Brazil and go back to his country of origin, where he/she can claim his/her Work Visa through the Brazilian Consulate.




Can I take the family with me?


The Work Visa is a permanent status for the main application, therefore the visa holder is allowed to bring dependants. The following are considered dependants: Unmarried children, under 18 years of age or older who are proven to be unable to provide for themselves; Ascendants or descendants, when an effective need for support by the interested party is demonstrated; A brother, grandson or great-grandson is orphaned, unmarried and under 18 years of age, or at any age when proven incapable of providing for himself; Spouse or partner, in a stable union, without distinction of sex, Brazilian citizen or temporary or permanent foreigner in Brazil.




Can someone with a Dependent Visa work in Brazil?


According to the legal status of foreigners, issued on 10 May 2016, dependants (over 16 years of age) of temporary work visa holders will automatically be granted a visa that allows them to work in Brazil.





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