Brazil – New Immigration Law Approved

What has changed

On May 25, 2017, the Brazilian President, Michel Temer, approved a new, more-humanitarian focused immigration law (Lei de Migração) to become effective November 21, 2017. The new law is intended to give foreign nationals residing and working in Brazil equal rights, including access to social services, education, and benefits. Other changes include the possibility of foreign nationals receiving a temporary work visa without a prior job from a Brazilian company and the ability to perform professional activities with or without an employment relationship in Brazil.

The new immigration law replaces the ‘Foreign National Statue,’ which has regulated immigration matters in Brazil since 1980.

Who is affected?

  • Foreign nationals seeking to work and reside in Brazil

What to expect

The precise effects of this law remain unclear as most of them still require regulation through an administration act from the Executive Department. Emigra Worldwide will continue to update our clients as the situation develops.

What you need to do
Planning ahead
  • Clients should be aware the full effect of this law is still unknown.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.