Job search in Brazil demand more than Brazil visa application and just the obvious Brazil cover letter and Brazil CV writing and translation - it requires thorough preparation. You will be confronted with problems that in all probability did not even cross your mind when you become interested in Brazil jobs.
Do not take too lightly the influence a Brazil visa can have on your adventure! For example, you will experience the unfamiliar immigration rules and practices, strange job application procedures, bizarre job selection trends and weird management culture.
Most visits to Brazil are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Passport and Brazil Visa
To enter Brazil, a valid passport is required by all nationals. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure from Brazil and must have no less than one free page for necessary stamps upon arrival and departure.
Applying for a Brazil visa can take a lot of time. Therefore, we recommend starting your preparations well in advance.
If you are travelling to Brazil as a tourist, you may not require a visa for a period up to 90 days. Countries that do not require a visa include most of the European Union and Latin America. Countries like the USA, Canada, Australia and Mexico, however, do require a visa for any purpose.
You will have to pay a fee that will vary from country to country. Tourist visa cost varies according to nationality and are in some cases based on reciprocity. You will have to pay a fee that will vary from country to country. A tourist visa costs $68.75 for nationals of Australia, $106.25 for nationals of Canada and nationals of the USA pay $200.00.
Tourist and transit visas are generally easy to get. All other visas, which are either temporary or permanent, vary considerably in their duration and requirements, and they require a lot of paperwork and patience.
You must obtain your Brazilian visa in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate nearest to your place of residence. Visas cannot be obtained at the airport or port of entry. There are no "airport visas" and immigration authorities will refuse entry into Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa.
If you need a visa to enter Brazil, follow these steps:
- The Consulate of Brazil requires a web-based visa application form. You must complete the application online. Fill out an online visa request form available through: https://scedv.serpro.gov.br.
- Print out, complete and sign the one-page "visa form delivery receipt".
- Gather the documents required for the specific type of visa that you are applying.
- Original passport
- Visa form delivery receipt
- One recent 2x2"size photo:
- Photo of the front face, taken against a plain off-white or white background.
- Only professionally taken photos are accepted. Scanned pictures are not accepted.
- It does not need to be signed on the back.
- Please glue the photo to the application form covering the box in between bar codes. Do not staple it and do not use tape.
- The photo not older then 6 months.
- Letter from yourself - Signed letter explaining your itinerary, when you will be arriving and leaving Brazil, the purpose of your trip.
- Evidence of funds to cover your expenses while in brazil regardless of the duration of your intended stay:
- An official letter from the company you work for, stating your name and confirming your current position along with the most recent paystub (if applicable). Include a copy of the employment contract if possible.
- AND one of the following:
- Photocopy of a recent bank statement, with name of the account holder or
- Copy of your latest notice of tax assessment.
- Submit your application package to the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate nearest to your place of residence (by mail, third party or in person).
Tourist visa is valid normally 90 days from date of issue, although this is at the discretion of Brazilian immigration officials. Tourist visas can be used for multiple entries within the period of validity. Once in Brazil, you will be able to extend your stay for a further period of 90 days, provided that you submit application at least two weeks before the expiration of the visa.
Working without an appropriate visa or overstaying a visa is illegal; if caught, you may be subject to imprisonment, a fine and/or deportation. You may also be barred from re-entry to that country.
Remember that while in Brazil, you are subject to local law. Showing contempt to a Brazilian government official at the port of entry or elsewhere, is a serious offense.
All foreign travelers must fill out a small immigration form on arrival that will be stamped and handed back by immigration officials at the point of entry. It is important to retain this form to hand back to immigration officials upon exit from the country. According to the Brazilian Embassy’s website, visitors who lose this form will have to get clearance from the Brazilian Federal Police to leave the country and may have to pay a fine.
Additionally, if you have recently visited certain countries, including most other Latin American countries, you may be required to present an inoculation card indicating you had a yellow fever inoculation or you may not be allowed to board the plane or enter the country. Check with the Brazilian Embassy for more information.
Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Brazil. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa.
Please be aware that visa regulations are subject to frequent changes. Contact the Consulate or Embassy of Brazil in your home country for further information about Brazil visa
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Good luck with your Brazil visa.