Brazil has extended the country’s deadline for migratory regularization until Sept. 16, 2021. No overstay fines will be issued until then.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals in Brazil now have until Sept. 16, 2021, to regularize their immigration status before any penalties will apply.
  • Registro Nacional Migratório (RNM) cards and other documents issued by the Federal Police that expired on or after March 16, 2020, will remain valid until Sept. 16 for entry in the country, registration and change of visa status from temporary to permanent.
  • In the migratory regularization process, documents that expired after March 16, 2020, will be accepted as long as the migrant has resided in Brazilian national territory and seeks to regularize himself/herself until Sept. 16, 2021. This rule does not apply in cases where the migrant has traveled abroad for a sum total of more than 30 days.
  • In cases where a visitor cannot leave Brazil because of restrictions imposed by a third country, the visitor can request an extension of their date of departure, even if their stay would exceed normal limits on the period of stay.
  • The National Passport System (SINPA) will no longer automatically cancel passports not withdrawn within the determined period.
  • This ordinance will take effect on March 15, 2021.

Background: Last fall, officials extended the migratory regularization deadline to March 16, 2021. They announced this week that it would be extended further to Sept. 16, 2021.

Analysis & Comments: Employers and foreign nationals should take note of the new deadlines and expiration dates to ensure they are complying with the requirements. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in Brazil.

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