How to Get a Brazil Work Visa

Brazil Work Visa

Brazil Work Visa

Who Can Apply?

  • Employment contract with a Brazilian company
  • Provision of services to the Brazilian Government
  • Technical assistance services
  • Professional training, without an employment relationship
  • Medical residency
  • Employees of foreign companies admitted to work in Brazil
  • Foreign instructors or professors who intend to travel to Brazil
  • Crew members of foreign vessels
  • Crew members of foreign fishing vessels leased by Brazilian companies

How to Apply?

Read the "Guia de Procedimentos" and my Q&A response

1) If you are one of the lucky few foreigners who got a job offer in Brazil, before you do anything, I recommend you read this document provided by Ministério do Trabalho e Emprego in Brazil in order to see every single document that is needed in order to get the Brazil Work Visa. I like that the document has clickable links so that you can see exactly what is required at each step of the process.

Your company will most likely hire an outside visa agency to help you get the work done, but it is always good for you to know the latest rules and documents required. All of that can be found by clicking on the link in the previous paragraph. And if you can’t read in Portuguese, stick the document in an online translator so that you can read it in your own language.

2) After you successfully get the Brazilian work visa, you then need to follow more steps after you arrive in Brazil, including registering at the Federal Police (DPF) and getting your Carteira de Trabalho (i.e. Work book).

If You Live in the United States

Follow the links below after you have successfully been approved by the Work Ministry in Brazil to get your work visa processed at your nearest consulate. Click on the link below to go to my webpage for one of the 10 Brazil consulates, based on the State you live in (for example, if you live in Kentucky, you will need to click on “Washington D.C. Consulate”)

  • Washington D.C. Consulate (D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, North American bases – except Guam)
  • Atlanta Consulate (Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee)
  • Boston Consulate (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont)
  • Chicago Consulate (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
  • Hartford Consulate (Connecticut, Rhode Island)
  • Houston Consulate (Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mex., Oklahoma, Texas)
  • Los Angeles Consulate (Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and in California, the counties of Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura)
  • Miami Consulate (Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Bahamas)
  • New York Consulate (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Bermuda)
  • San Francisco Consulate (Oregon, Washington, Alaska and in California, the counties of Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin)
If You Live Outside of the United States

Find your nearest embassy or consulate here.

Need information on another visa?

Go to my Brazil visa page for more information on other types of visas for this country.

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