Brazil has introduced a new Electronic Visa Processing System which will allow for an easier visa application process for certain foreign nationals applying for particular Brazil visa categories.
With the new laws taking effect immediately, the new system means foreign applicants will be able to process their entry permit electronically and avoid having to visit a Brazilian consular post abroad.
This new faster processing will not only benefit tourist but also businesses and companies that regularly send their employees to Brazil on business trips.
Currently, there are 8 types of Visas in Brazil, the most common known as the permanent visa and the tourist visa. Travellers holding a passport from countries such as the United Kingdom and Norway for example, are able to enter Brazil without a visa depending on how long they are staying in the country, usually for up to 90 days with the possibility of extending to 180 if the application is renewed before the time has expired.
Foreigners willing to do business in Brazil are able to obtain a permanent visa, as long as some requirements are met, such as proving that a certain amount is being invested in a local company. The minimum amount to be invested is R$ 150,000 but social relevance is also taken into consideration such as the creation of jobs, generation of income, region and growth on productivity. It is possible that’s the Brazilian Government issues a permanent visa for lower investments as the minimum requirements are not defined by federal law, however Investments of less than R$150,000 are less likely to be approved.
For more information on how to obtain a Brazil visa and whether you need one please feel free to Contact Us and we will be happy to assist.