Expats intending to work in Brazil will need to apply for a work visa and have a temporary or permanent residence permit. As with many large countries, Brazil has its fair share of bureaucracy, particularly when dealing with government institutions. Obtaining a work permit for Brazil can be a lengthy process. 

Work permit process in Brazil

It is necessary for an expat to first find a job in Brazil, either with a Brazilian company or a company based in Brazil, before applying for a work permit. The company then acts as a sponsor and is required to get approval to hire a foreign worker from the Ministry of Labour. Once permission has been granted, the applicant can apply for a work visa and work permit at a Brazilian embassy or consulate in their home country.

Several documents including application forms, bank statements, qualifications and police clearance are required to apply for a Brazilian work permit. Documents may need to be translated into Portuguese and certified, so jobseekers should check this with their potential employer. Applicants will also usually have to undergo a medical examination.

Work permit applications for Brazil can take six to eight days to process, although it can take longer due to bureaucratic delays. Once approved, work permits are generally valid for two years and can be renewed once. After four years of living in Brazil, more permanent residence options become available to expats.

Expats will need a work permit in conjunction with a work visa (VITEM V). To qualify for a work visa, expats must have two years of relevant professional experience or a university degree and one year of experience or a postgraduate degree. 

*Work permit requirements are subject to change at short notice and expats are advised to contact their respective embassy or consulate for the latest details.