What is the change? The National Immigration Council has published Normative Resolution 26, which establishes residence authorization requirements for internship programs for foreign graduate and post-graduate students as well as recent graduates. The categories were previously regulated by NR 94 (Professional Exchange) and NR 103 (Summer Job).

What does the change mean? Effective immediately, these regulations list details and documents required to get a temporary residence approved by the Brazilian Ministry of Labor for internship programs.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Temporary visas/residence connected to internship programs
  • Who is affected: Students interested in joining an internship program in Brazil during their vacation period or within one year after they complete their course work.
  • Business impact: The regulations have minimal direct impact on businesses, since they are more related to university students interested in joining a temporary professional internship program in Brazil.

BAL Analysis: The new Normative Resolution, published Monday, confirms an important scenario under the New Immigration Law, allowing temporary residence authorization granted by the Brazilian Ministry of Labor for students and recently graduated applicants to come to Brazil for a professional internship program. The resident authorization can be granted for 90 days (during the vacation period of the university schedule) or one year (for recently graduated students), but they cannot be extended. In both cases, a contract is required between the Brazilian host company, the intern, and an organization that operates the internship program.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group in Brazil. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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