What is the change? Beginning Aug. 28, work permit applications processed by the Ministry of Labor must be submitted electronically, according to Ministry Orientation #708 (Portatia nº 708) published in Brazil’s Official Press (“Diario Oficial”).

What does the change mean? The ministry is converting to electronic processing and will no longer accept printed applications.

  • Implementation time frame: The new rule is scheduled to take effect Aug. 28.
  • Visas/permits affected: All categories of Work Permit visas filed with the Ministry of Labor.
  • Who is affected: All companies and foreign employees applying for Work Permit visas.
  • Impact on processing times: The change should not affect processing times.
  • Next steps: Employers and applicants do not need to take any action, as it is already the practice of BAL Brazil to submit Work Permit visa applications electronically.

Background: Since December 2013, the Ministry of Labor has accepted both electronic and paper Work Permit visa applications, but will now phase out paper applications.

BAL Analysis: The order reaffirms the ministry’s commitment to simplify visa applications and improve services to support Brazilian companies that rely on foreign nationals for their workforce.

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