There are few ways to work in Brazil: whether you are from a Mercosur country or not, and you must apply for the VIPER (permanent Visa) or to the VITEM 5 (working Visa). These are the common questions people wonder before moving to a country, so let me help you out with that.
Who can easily work in Brazil?
Well, now that’s an easy question! Only the countries being part of the Mercosur agreement (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia) can send their citizens to work in Brazil easily. They just need their Mercosur VISA and can stay and work as long as they want in Brazil. They will then obtain the VRT (Visto de Residência Temporaria).
Permanent visa VIPER
There are several ways of getting the permanent visa for Brazil:
Administrators, directors or executives of international companies and NGOs in Brazil. Once the Ministry of Labor has accepted your Visa, you must apply for it at your local Brazilian Consulate.
Family reunion: This is the Visa for the legal dependent of the person having a permanent Visa in Brazil
Investor Visa (Have a look at our article about the investor’s Visa here) You can obtain this by investing 500,000 Brazilian Reais.
Companion Visa: This Visa is used for the legal dependent (spouse via a stable union for example) of a Brazilian individual
Working Visa: Vitem V
This visa also allows you to work as the permanent visa would, except it lasts 2 years. It can be renewed only once, which means you can stay up to four years in Brazil with this Visa. After these four years, you can apply for a permanent visa. For all this to be possible, you must keep working for the same company that initially sponsored you during these four years.
In Brazil, for a company to recruit foreigners, two-thirds of employees must be Brazilians. Thus, it is more likely for you to land a job in a big firm. The hiring firm acts likes a sponsor. Since it is the company itself that needs to start the process for the visa and pay taxes, not you, they also have to write to the Ministry of Labor, and must justify why they are recruiting you (explaining that you have capabilities they have not found within the Brazilian population).
Once you obtain the Visa and are in Brazil, you will receive your “Carteira de Trabalho,” that is, your “working passport” where your professional life in Brazil will be detailed.
With all of these procedures, you might think that companies would be scared of hiring foreigners. However, you are the perfect candidate, right? As most companies do not know the steps necessary to hire foreigners, if you are aware of the process and know what you need, I’ll bet that companies would be even more willing to take you on.
The government will provide the same type of Visa to family members or legal dependents of the person who applied to the Vitem V visa.
Let me help you with that!
What are the steps to get the working visa?
Once you find your sponsor company, it must begin the procedure by filling in a form on the website of the Ministry of Labor and Employment. A file containing the following documents must then be sent:
Form filled by your company
Form filled by yourself
Copy of your ID
Copy of all your professional qualifications; all your diplomas must be translated into Portuguese by a certified translator
Nomination of your legal representant
Copy of the CNPJ (Cadastro Nacional da Pessoa Jurídica, the ID number of your firm)
Length during which the company will take care of your medical expenses
Copy of the working contract
Payment of GRU tax
Identification number of the offices where you will work
How long does it take to receive the visa?
This procedure lasts approximatively 30 days. Once the demand is accepted, the visa is sent to the Brazilian consulate in your country. You must then make a trip there armed with your ID, passport, and criminal record.
And then what happens?
Upon entering Brazil, you must go to the Policia Federal to obtain your Foreigner’s ID (CIE, Cédula de Identidade de Estrangeiro, and your RNE, Registro Nacional dos Estrangeiros). You must first ask for it and then plan a meeting on the Policia’s website.
When you show up for your appointment, you must bring with you:
Copy of all the used pages on your passport authenticated by a « cartorio » (Brazilian bailiff)
Visa you obtained at the consulate
Visa demand form
Two photos 3×4 with white background
Proof of tax payment for the CIE and for the foreigners record
Proof of lodging
Finally! Now you can fetch your working permit at the “Superintendencias Regionais do Trabalho e Emprego” with:
CIE demand documents
Your “extrato de dados de identificação” given by the SINCRE (National System for Foreigner Identification)
Publication of the working permit in the Official Journal (Diário Oficial da União)
Permanent visa for husband or wife
You need to get your visa before your spouse is able to. You don’t need to be married; just a legal bond is enough. He or she can come as a tourist while waiting to get the final visa (Family Regrouping Visa). However, since his or her visa depends on yours, your spouse will not be able to work until you obtain your own permanent visa.
Typically, your spouse cannot work. That being said, if he or she has a job offer, your spouse can apply separately from your working visa. Depending on your visa, the advantage of your spouse taking employment while already established in Brazil would be that the company doesn’t need to justify hiring a foreign employee.
I hope this helps you out! And don’t forget that you can find the visa specificities for your nationality on the Brazilian consulate’s website based in your country.