Temporary visas could lead to permanent working opportunities in Brazil

May 31, 2013
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Temporary Visas

Earlier this month, this blog discussed the new bill that will allow individuals vacationing in Brazil to obtain visas permitting them to work for periods of time when they are in the country. This is a great opportunity for businesses looking to expand in Brazil that send employees to scope out the area. But what about those who decide to stay in the country?

The Brazilian government is making strides to ease the process of finding work in the country. Those who acquire visas and put them to good use may find it easier to find long-term work in the country going forward. So, if a company sends a number of employees to map out the area and they work temporarily while networking and establishing potential partnerships and investor relationships, it could be easier to set up operation once the visa runs out.

So far, many have taken advantage of this opportunity. According to the Ministry of Labor, 15,000 permits were granted to foreigners in the first quarter of 2013. Of those, approximately 14,300 were temporary and 700 were permanent. These numbers are roughly on point with last year’s findings.

There is hope that as lawmakers continue their efforts, it will become easier for individuals to obtain permanent working abilities in Brazil. Either way, businesses need to know what their options and their rights are when they send employees to the country. Working with Brazilian lawyers will let these individuals learn the country’s laws and use that understanding to assist with their expansion efforts.

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