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Brazil Visas

If you’re thinking of investing in real estate in Brazil, you will probably need to spend some time there first. Whether you’re looking to buy real estate for your own use, for trading purposes, or simply to rent out to tenants, you wouldn’t do so without making a previous analysis. Additionally, making the arrangements and signing the legal documents is much easier in person, so you might want to travel for that purpose as well. Traveling to Brazil from the United States, even if it is just temporarily, requires a passport and visa.

Getting a Visa

Members of some countries are given a visa upon entering Brazil, but citizens from the United States are required to get one prior to traveling. The type of visa you get will depend on why you are in Brazil. Some visa options include:

  • Shore Stay Business Visa – A visa that is administered for short-term business purposes is meant for people looking to meet with business contacts in Brazil or attend trade fairs. People traveling with this visa can stay for up to 90 days.
  • Digital Nomad Visa – great option for those who can work in Brazil for a foreign employer. Good for digital nomads who want to stay up to 2 years in Brazil.
  • Investor Visa – For people looking to invest a minimum of $50.000, 00 in Brazil, a resident investor visa would be the most appropriate. However, to obtain such a visa, it is necessary to demonstrate knowledge of Portuguese and you must submit your funds through the Central Bank of Brazil. The visa is initially good for five years and can only be renewed if their investment has created at least ten jobs for Brazilians.
  • Permanent Visa – There are a few different reasons why permanent visas might be administered. If you’re investing in Brazilian real estate, you might be eligible for a permanent visa if you have invested at least $200.000, 00 in your business’ Brazilian subsidiary.

These are only a few of the many different types of visas you can obtain before traveling to Brazil. Visas can be issued separately for retired people, for people looking to work in Brazil, and tourists. If you’re unsure about which visa to get, you should consider speaking with a professional attorney.

Getting a Passport

If you are traveling to any foreign country from the United States, you will need a passport. When obtaining a passport to travel to Brazil, you must first gather the appropriate documents. You’ll need evidence of your U.S. citizenship, such as a birth certificate, and a photo I.D. You’ll also need to fill out the appropriate documentation and two copies of a passport photo, which you’ll need to obtain at a passport photo service. Finally, it is required to show up in person at a passport agency in your area and pay a fee. The fee changes periodically, so make sure you know beforehand whether or not the fee has recently changed. Once you have your passport, it is valid for travel to any country for ten years. For travel to Brazil, your passport must be valid for at least six months after your arrival.

Traveling to Brazil, even for a short visit, is not as simple as waiting on a plane and leaving. You must have the appropriate documentation, including a valid passport and visa. If you intend to travel to Brazil as part of your real estate investment, you should consider speaking with an attorney about which visa you should obtain. By obtaining the correct visa the first time, you could save yourself the trouble of needing a renewal down the road.

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