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19 April 2013
While many companies wish to participate in the major upcoming sporting events that will be held in Brazil over the next few months and years (eg, the Confederations Cup 2013, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) World Cup 2014 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016), only a few have studied the immigration legislation pertaining to this matter. This situation occurs often in relation to Brazilian immigration - companies are eager to enter into contracts with Brazilian companies, but are made aware of the requirements for complying with the immigration rules only after a binding agreement has been signed.
Normative Resolution 98, which was issued by the National Immigration Council on November 14 2012, has been introduced to govern this matter. The resolution reduces the requirements and processing times for visas, and aims to benefit foreign nationals who have been assigned to work at the above international sporting events. In addition, the most time-consuming requirements for work visa applications (eg, proof of education and professional experience) have both been waived by the resolution. However, applicants must prove a connection with the preparation and planning of the above sporting events by submitting supporting documents issued by, for example, FIFA or the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees.
According to the resolution, work permits will be processed within five days, provided that all requisite documentation is sent with the application. Authorisations will be forwarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the consular offices and diplomatic Brazilian missions abroad so that visas can be issued in an expedited manner. Furthermore, applications for work permits may be made electronically.
Foreign professionals will be able to enter Brazil under the rules introduced by the resolution as VITEM V (work) visa holders - either as technicians (one-year visas) or as local employees (two-year visas).
For further information on this topic please contact Rene Ramos or Guilherme Dias at EMDOC by telephone (+55 11 3405 7800), fax (+55 11 3405 7868) or email (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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