TEMPORARY VISA – TYPE V (VITEM V) – Work Visa


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WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A WORK VISA?

A VITEM V is applicable in the following cases:

  • Work governed by an employment contract in Brazil, duly approved by the Ministry of Labor (RN 02);
  • Work without an employment contract in Brazil, to provide technical assistance stipulated in a contract between companies, or due to a cooperation agreement between private companies or between a company and a governmental entity, signed by a Brazilian legal entity and a foreign one (RN 03);
  • Work without an employment contract in Brazil, to provide the transfer of technology know-how due to a contract, or due to cooperation agreement between private companies or between a company and a governmental entity, signed between a Brazilian legal entity and a foreign one (RN 04);
  • Work without an employment contract in Brazil, to provide services aboard a sea cruising vessel along the Brazilian coast, for a period greater than 90 days (RN 05);
  • Work without an employment contract in Brazil, to function as a seaman, in a continuous way, aboard a foreign flag vessel or platform that may or is already operating in Brazilian territorial waters, for a period greater than 90 days (RN 06);
  • Work without an employment contract in Brazil, to provide services or technical assistance to the Brazilian government (RN 07);
  • Work without an employment contract in Brazil, to provide services required under the terms of a technical cooperation international agreement (RN 08);
  • Work without an employment contract in Brazil, to represent a financial institution or similar entity headquartered abroad (RN 09);
  • Work without an employment contract in Brazil, to represent a nonprofit private legal entity (RN 10);
  • Work without an employment contract in Brazil, to occupy a position, a function or to perform an assignment, for an indeterminate period of time, due to a specific requirement to maintain residence in Brazil (RN 12);
  • Work without an employment contract in Brazil, to receive professional training at a Brazilian branch, subsidiary or headquarters within the same economic group (RN 18);
  • Work as a professional athlete in Brazil, under the terms of an employment contract with a professional sports club or similar organization (RN 21);
  • Work without an employment contract in Brazil, aboard a foreign flag fishing vessel soon to operate or already operating in Brazilian territorial waters, as required by a leasing contract signed with a legal entity in Brazil, for a period greater than 90 days (RN 22);
  • Work with or without an employment contract in Brazil, as a professional trainee at a Brazilian employer, under a program of professional exchange (RN 26).

WHAT ARE THE WORK VISA REQUIREMENTS?

Requirements depend on your origin. Let’s imagine that you are from the USA.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Passport
  • BIRTH CERTIFICATE
  • PHOTO
  • BACKGROUND CHECK – FOR TEMPORARY RESIDENCY AUTHORIZATIONS
  • MONEY ORDER FROM THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE (THE POST OFFICE)
  • ONE-PAGE BAR-CODED APPLICATION FORM
  • PROOF OF IMMIGRATION STATUS IN THE UNITED STATES

HOW MUCH DOES THE VISA COST?

Visa Fee for VITEM V (paid with Money Order issued by the USPS only):

  • American citizen: US$ 290.00.
  • United Kingdom citizen: US$ 100.00 (authorized stays of up to 180 days);
    • US$ 215.00 (authorized stays longer than 180 days).
  • Fee for Citizens of other countries: US$ 100.00.

HOW CAN I OBTAIN A WORK PERMIT?

Working in Brazil is a privilege, not a right. Applicants seeking work in Brazil must be sponsored by a Brazilian employer. Requirements must be met by both the employer and the applicant.

A work permit process is to be submitted by the Brazilian sponsoring company to the Brazilian Ministry of Labor for analysis. On average, if approved, it takes 30-90 days to obtain a work permit approval.

Further information on how to apply for a work permit is to be obtained with the sponsoring company’s lawyer or at the Ministry of Labor’s Website 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY WORK PERMIT HAS ALREADY BEEN GRANTED?

You may verify the status of a work permit process by following these steps:

Go to the  http://trabalho.gov.br/trabalho-estrangeiro/consulta-de-processos

The work permit authorization is usually available to the consular office assigned to it about a week after it was published in Brazil. Only then you may contact the Visa Department to confirm if the work permit is available at this consulate or not.

NOTES

VITEM V holders must be registered with the Federal Police within the first 90 days of their arrival regardless of the length of their stay in Brazil. A Visa Form will be issued in order to proceed with the registration. The form must be an original. Please be diligent. Failing to register in time will result in daily fines.


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