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14 February 2014
On December 12 2013 the National Immigration Council published Administrative Rule 1.964/2013, which introduces an electronic system for processing work permit applications.
The purpose of the electronic system is to reduce the timeframe for granting a work permit by 40%. Before the electronic system was introduced, Ministry of Labour analysts could take up to 15 days to insert and update the system with information on all work permits filed. Under the new rule, this is done by the applicant for the work permit when filing the application online.
Furthermore, in a large country such as Brazil, if the application for a work permit was filed before the ministry's regional offices in Recife (in the state of Pernambuco) or Curitiba (in Parana), for example, it could take nearly 30 days before the application was forwarded to Brasilia, where the ministry's central office is located and where all applications for work permits are analysed. With the adoption of the electronic system, this step is no longer necessary.
The introduction of an electronic system demonstrates the intention of the council to modernise the immigration procedures involved in granting new work permits and to make Brazil more attractive to foreign investment.
For further information on this topic please contact Renê Ramos or Guilherme Dias at EMDOC by telephone (+55 11 3405 7800), fax (+55 11 3405 7868) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). The EMDOC website can be accessed at www.emdoc.com.
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