Brazil – CTPS Workbooks for VITEM V Labor Contract Visa Holders Can Now Be Requested with Diário Oficial (Official Gazette)

What has changed

On January 26, 2015 the Ministry of Labor released Potaria no 4 of January 26, 2015, which details the expansion of requirements for foreign nationals to obtain their Carteira de Trabalho e Previdência Social (CTPS) Workbook in Brazil.

In practice this change will alleviate the need for the foreigner to complete the Federal Police Registration, prior to requesting the CTPS workbook.  Although the rule has been approved, implementation of this process is still being worked out the Regional Labor offices.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • Expatriates who enter Brazil with a Vitem V Work Visa (Normative Resolution 99) based on local labor contract, art.13, item V, of the Law no. 6.815, of 1980
    • Please reference the specific details below

A CTPS Work Book can be provided to any foreigner who has entered Brazil under the above mentioned visa status if they can provide the following:

  • Original RNE Card, or
  • Original RNE Protocol, or
  • A copy of the publication of work approval from the Brazilian Ministry of Labor, as published in the Official Gazette (Diario Oficial) as long as it contains the necessary personal and company affiliation of the foreigner.

It is important to note that this change only affects this visa type.  Any foreigners who enter Brazil as a Permanent Resident based on Brazilian family affiliation or under the MERCOSUR agreement are still required to register with the Federal Police prior to requesting their CTPS workbook.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Emigra will identify any individual and company that can benefit from this change, and contact them immediately to confirm if they would like to proceed.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.