Brazil’s new immigration law has been clarified by the publication Friday of a dozen normative resolutions implementing it. The resolutions establish various categories and subcategories for immigrants requesting Brazilian residence in order to work, whether they are on local or foreign payrolls.
While the normative resolutions establish categories similar to those covered by the old immigration law, some key changes are as follows:
BAL Analysis: The long anticipated normative resolutions implementing Brazil’s new immigration law provide clarity and welcome news on the availability of technical work visas and the new Transfer of Technology category and also give effective legal basis to future work visa applications at the Ministry of Labor which had been interrupted since Nov. 21. BAL will update clients on processing times and procedures as information becomes available in the coming weeks. The situation remains fluid as authorities start to implement the new rules and procedures, but BAL expects that the new normative resolutions will eventually encourage business and international investment in Brazil.
BAL reminds clients that the under the Decree published on November 21, 2017 on the New Immigration Law, the transitional period remains in effect, and all visas granted under the old Immigration Law will maintain their validity until the expiration date. Immigrants with pending work authorization applications at the Ministry of Labor (submitted before Nov. 21) will continue to be processed under the old law.
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