When traveling to Brazil, your nationality and the types of activities you will conduct during your trip will determine whether you may travel lawfully as a business visitor or if you require work authorization. Please seek advice from your immigration counsel if you are uncertain about the specific types of activities that constitute business or work.
As a business visitor to Brazil, you may engage in the activities below. While this list is not exhaustive and other activities could qualify as business, you may:
Nationals of the United States, Canada, Japan and other select countries are eligible for a visa waiver and are not required to obtain a visa in order to enter and conduct business activities in Brazil.
If your nationality is not eligible for a visa waiver, you will be required to obtain a Visitor Visa (VVIS) from a Brazilian Embassy or Consulate prior to travel. Please consult with your immigration counsel before traveling to determine your eligibility for a visa waiver or Visitor Visa.
The activities below, whether paid or unpaid, generally constitute work under Brazilian law. This list is not exhaustive, and many other professional activities are considered work in Brazil, even if conducted for a short duration.
The requirements for work authorization depend on your qualifications, on the nature and duration of your work and on whether your employer has an entity in Brazil. The most common types of work authorization for Brazil are:
Nationals of countries that are part of the Mercosur agreement and their dependents, as well as nationals of French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela, may work and reside in Brazil with a Temporary Residence Benefit without obtaining additional work authorization. However, registrations or other formalities may be required prior to working or residing in Brazil.
Inevitably, the legal and strategic considerations impacting visa selection, as well as visa waiver and work authorization eligibility, entail the careful consideration of many factors. We recommend that you consult with your immigration counsel before taking any course of action.