Brazil, the land of samba, soccer and beauty, is not only attractive to tourists and soccer enthusiasts, but also to people who wish to study, work and live there permanently. With a GDP of about 2245 billion dollars, Brazil is a hub of economic activity. If you are looking to immigrate to Brazil, you must meet a range of exhausting immigration requirements, as well as know one or two things before moving.
1. Living in Brazil
Before immigrating to a new country, it is important to do some research on its culture and living conditions. You definitely don’t want to go through the complex process of obtaining a visa and other necessary documents, only to find out that your destination is not welcoming to foreigners from certain parts of the world.
So without further ado, here is what you need to know:
Portuguese is Brazil’s official language – If you are not from Portugal, or from a country that used to be a Portuguese colony, or if you just don’t speak the language, then you’d better start learning. Or at the very least, arm yourself with basic phrases, like tudo bem? (How are you?)
Brazilians are friendly people – Unless you are moving to a war torn zone, expect to receive a warm welcome as Brazilians are nice to foreigners, however they tend to speak a bit loudly. Unlike the conservative Germans who can’t even flirt in public, Brazilians are the extreme opposite. In fact, a kiss in Brazil is like a head shake! Prepare your lips buddy!
Festivals and more festivals – Brazilians are festive people. If you happen to immigrate about a month or two before Easter, you will walk right into the Carnival of Brazil, an annual festival held just before Easter. Can you dance samba?
2. Getting the Visa
Now that you like Brazil and its culture, it is time to get down to the business of securing the Brazilian Permanent Residence Visa. There are a number of conditions that can enable you to obtain this visa. These include:
- Getting married to a Brazilian citizen
- Being the leader of an established business corporation
- Being highly educated or skilled
- Having an intention to invest in Brazil
- Being a retiree who wishes to retire in Brazil
Once you are ready to move on with the application process, you can fill out all the required forms and present them to a Brazilian embassy or consulate in your home country. Ensure you have a passport with at least 6 months of validity. The application process can be quite lengthy and bureaucratic, so you may find it beneficial to use the services of an immigration consultant.
It is essential to note that changing the category of Brazilian Visa is very difficult. For example, if you enter the country with a travel visa, you may be unable to apply for it to be changed to temporary or permanent. If you truly want to become a permanent resident of Brazil, then you should focus on obtaining the Permanent Residence Visa from the onset.
3. Obtaining a Work Permit
If you don’t plan to engage in any work or business activity in Brazil, you won’t need to obtain any other additional documents beyond a passport, travel tickets, permanent residence visa, and a Brazilian Identity Card from the Federal Police.
However, if you plan to start a business or find employment, then a work permit becomes a necessity. The best way to obtain the permit is to find a job with a Brazilian company, or a foreign company based in Brazil, and let them apply for your permit. As part of the application process, police clearance certificates, bank statements and medical examination certificates may be needed.
After your work permit is ready (it usually takes between two to three months), you will also need to obtain a Tax Identification Card from the Ministry of Finance.
By now, you no doubt have a clear picture of what it takes to immigrate to and live in Brazil. Just before immigrating, be sure to convert some of your money to Brazilian Real. But most importantly, don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes. The Samba phenomenon is huge!