IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Beginning Sunday, Brazilian government ministries and other local authorities will accept documents that are authenticated according to rules under the Hague Apostille Convention.
What does the change mean? The apostille process will simplify document authentication for immigration-related applicants, compared with the current legalization process, which can be lengthy and time-consuming.
Background: Brazil announced in February that it would join the Hague Apostille Convention, a treaty that binds more than 100 signatory countries to uniform rules for authenticating official public documents. Under the rules, member countries recognize public documents whose signatures are authenticated by the designated competent government authorities in the country where the document was issued.
BAL Analysis: Brazil’s implementation of the Apostille Convention is a positive step toward simplifying procedures for employers, foreign employees and their family members in applying for work visas, permanent residency and other immigration benefits.
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