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10 January 2018

BRAZIL: More details published on new immigration law 

On 22 December 2017, further Normative Resolutions regulating residence authorisation for foreign professionals have been published. 

The main changes concern residence authorisation for intra-company training:

  • Normative Resolution 18/2017 replaces Resolution 79: 

This new resolution regulates residence authorisation for employees of a Brazilian-owned multinational company to undergo training in the management methodology and corporate culture of the Brazilian head office, while remaining on home-country contract and payroll.

The visa is valid for up to two years, and it can’t be renewed. Previously it could have been renewed one time for up to another two years.

  • Normative Resolution 19/2017 replaces Resolution 87: 

This new resolution regulates residence authorisation for employees of a multinational company to undergo training at the Brazilian subsidiary, branch office or head office, while remaining on home-country contract and payroll.

The visa is valid for up to two years (as opposed the previous one year), and can’t be renewed.

For the application, a simplified training plan is now required.

Other Normative Resolutions that were published focus on the following categories:

  • Investment visas – Resolution 13/2017 replaces Resolution 118
  • Religious activities – Resolution 14/2017 replaces Resolution 39.
  • Volunteer activities – Resolution 15/2017 replaces Resolution 68.
  • Artistic and sports activities for longer than 90 days – Resolution 16/2017 replaces Resolution 69.
  • International news correspondents – new category created by Resolution 17/2017.
  • Researchers, scientists, professors – Resolution 20/2017 replaces Resolution 116.
  • Professional athletes – Resolution 21/2017 replaces Resolution 121.
  • Foreign fishing boats leased by Brazilian companies – Resolution 22/2017 replaces Resolution 81.
  • Special cases not explicitly designated under the new law – Resolution 23/2017 replaces Resolution 27.

In addition to newly published resolutions, on 26 December 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a new rule which requires applicants for initial or extension residence authorisation who wish to exit and re-enter Brazil to obtain a visitor visa while their residence application is pending. Previously, these applicants could exit and re-enter Brazil with an initial residence request protocol, or an extension of residence request protocol plus an expired RNE (Registro Nacional de Estrangeiros) card. 

Details on Normative Resolutions that were published earlier on 8 December were discussed in our previous update

How does this affect the client?

Recently published normative resolutions provide helpful information for international companies sending employees to their Brazilian offices or headquarters for training purposes.

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