How to be a Digital Nomad in Brazil
By Gabriela Lessa, Brazil Immigration Lawyer
News of Brazil’s recently launched Digital Nomad Visa has hit the world stage, and we have all the details on how it works from trusted Brazil Immigration Lawyer, Gabriela Lessa. If you’re considering Brazil as your next stop, you’ll want to read this to know your next steps.
What is the Digital Nomad visa for Brazil?
The Brazilian General Labor Coordination of Immigration, of the Ministry of Security and Justice, Brazil, has just this January 24, 2022, issued Normative Resolution №45, of September 9th, 2021 that regulates the issuance of resident permit and temporary visas for foreigners, without employment agreement, for activities that may be carried out remotely, known as digital nomads.
The fastest and cheapest way to apply for the Temporary Visa XIV (VITEM XIV) without employment contract in Brazil for the “digital nomad” is directly at the Brazilian Consulate overseas.
It is also possible to file for a resident permit application process as a digital nomad while in Brazil as a visitor. However, the process is longer and the list of documents is broader.
What benefits are there?
There are many benefits, however, one that must be pointed out is that due to the devaluation of the Brazilian currency it may be possible for digital nomads to live in a very laid back, beautiful and international country that has a very receptive population and who adores and welcomes foreigners from all parts of the globe.
Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world, with a rich and diversity of regions. Rio de Janeiro is a fantastic city, but you have so many other interesting cities in the States of Bahia, São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte etc. It is truly an endearing country and still a lot to explore.
For those who have lived overseas may know how people can be very inaccessible and not wanting foreigners around, in Brazil it is impressive, people are just so very friendly and supportive.
How long can I live in Brazil on a Digital Nomad Visa?
The initial period of residence of the immigrant holder of the temporary visa will be up to one year and may be renewed for an additional one year.
How can I apply for a Digital Nomad Visa in Brazil?
It is possible to apply for the Temporary Visa XIV (VITEM XIV) without employment contract in Brazil directly at a Brazilian Consulate overseas.
It is also possible to apply for a resident permit application while in Brazil, as a visitor, however, most of the documents issued abroad will be required to be apostilled and translated by a sworn translator in Brazil. In addition, to list provided below a Brazilian Social Taxpayer Registration Number will be required and local police clearance reports will be needed to support the application process.
The following documents are usually the ones required by most of the Brazilian Consulate offices overseas:
- Complete the Application Form — Click here to open (Complete the Form and a receipt is generated. The receipt must be printed and signed by the applicant. The original documentation must be uploaded on e-consular system)
- Photo will be required, please check the Consulate website for for photo specifications
- Round trip-ticket — Present a hard copy of the round-trip-ticket or e-ticket bearing applicant’s name; or a signed letter from the airline or travel agent, on their letterhead, with the itinerary, name(s) of the passenger(s), flight number or cruise information, and dates of arrival and departure from Brazil.
- Valid Passport — Original passport signed by applicant, with at least two contiguous blank pages left.
- Background check FBI Background Check issued within 90 days.
- Employment or service contract — Document must be signed by a foreign employer/service contractor.
- Proof of income, from a foreign paying source, in a monthly amount equal to or greater to US$ 1.500 or Bank statements as proof of funds in the amount of US$ 18.000
- Health insurance valid in Brazil
- Consular Fees
How long does the process take?
It will depend on the Brazilian Consulate overseas. However, usually it may take up to 5 to 15 working days.
In Brazil, the process usually takes 30 days counted from the filing of the application with the Brazilian Immigration Authorities.
Upon arrival with the temporary visa, the applicant will need to register at the Federal Police up to 90 days counted from the date of approval.
In case the resident permit application was filed in Brazil, upon the publication of the approval, the applicant will need to register at the Federal Police within 30 days counted from the date of approval.
Gabriela Lessa is a senior lawyer in the firm’s Rio de Janeiro office. She focuses her practice in the areas of corporate immigration and intellectual property (IP). She advises in-house counsel as well as human resources professionals on all aspects of Brazilian, global immigration law and IP-related matters.
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