Brazil – The Ministry of Justice and Public Security Replaces the Ministry of Labor

What has changed

On January 1, 2019, the Provisional Measure (“Medida Provisória”) No. 870 and Decree No. 9,662 replaced the Brazilian Ministry of Labor, General Immigration Coordination (“Coordenação-Geral de Imigração”), and the National Immigration Council (“Conselho Nacional de Imigração”) with the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.

Previously, the Ministry of Labor was responsible for residence permits for foreigners.

Who is affected

All clients with current foreign employees in Brazil or planning to send employees in the upcoming days/months.

What to expect

The change of authority is expected to affect current immigration procedures. During this transition, the time frame to receive approved work permits may be longer than thirty (30) days. Emigra Worldwide strongly advises clients to keep in mind that delays may occur due to the possible change in work permit application requirements and procedures.

Applications for residence permits for work purposes addressed to the General Immigration Coordination will still be able to be submitted through the Immigration Management and Control System (MigranteWeb), which requires digital certification.

Applications for residence permits for special cases related to labor issues addressed to the National Immigration Council (CNIg) must be presented at a Federal Police unit or at the Ministry of Justice and Public Security headquarters in Brasilia.

Applications for residence permits in which the applicant is seeking recognition of refugee status with the National Committee for Refugees (CONARE), must be registered with the Federal Police unit or at the Ministry of Justice and Public Security headquarters in Brasilia.

Emigra Worldwide will keep clients informed about updates related to new procedures and their impact on ongoing and upcoming assignments.

What you need to do

Emigra Worldwide can provide an assessment on a case-by-case basis to confirm required documents and processing times.

Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.