Navigating your pathway to Brazilian Residency in 2023
Brazil, with its vibrant culture, stunning coastline, and diverse land of opportunities, is becoming an increasingly attractive location for those seeking residency in South America. Whether drawn by Brazil’s enormous market and abundance of business opportunities or purely for lifestyle reasons South Americas largest and most diverse nation offers various residency pathways for foreign nationals.
In this article you will find straightforward explanations on how to acquire your Brazilian Residency permit. This is the perfect article for those looking to relocate to Brazil and live in one of the most exciting nations on earth.
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Now, if Brazil is the place that you desire, these are the 4 uniquely different pathways to residency.
1. The Brazilian Golden Visa- Residency By Real Estate Investment
2. The Brazilian Commercial Enterprise (VIPER VISA)
Not only that, it is also true that entrepreneurs setting up certain types of businesses that provide a unique innovate benefit to the country, can acquire residency with a reduced investment as low as just 150,000 R (approximately $28,000).
To qualify within this category, one must invest in innovation activity, basic or applied research, of a scientific or technological nature. The investment must, therefore, meet the criteria below:
- Have received investment, financing or resources aimed at supporting the government institution innovation.
- Be located in a technology park.
- Be incubated or be graduated enterprise.
- Have been a finalist in a government program to support startups, or
- Have benefited from a startup accelerator in Brazil.
3. The Brazilian Digital Nomad Visa- Residency by Proof of Funds & Remote Occupation
According to the Resolution CNIg nº45/2021, anyone who has a clear criminal record that can prove that they receive a minimum monthly income of U$1,500 by working remotely for / providing services to foreign entity can apply for the Digital Nomad Visa in Brazil. Alternatively, those with funds in excess of U$18,000 in their foreign bank account may also be eligible.
The applicant is awarded a temporary residency permit for 1 year, which is renewable at the end of each year.
4. Brazilian Residency for Retirees
According to the Resolution Nº40/2019 a temporary visa may be granted to retired immigrants who can prove passive income in the form of a pension equal to or greater than the value of USD 2,000.00 per month. Note that only part of this income is required to be from a pension. The remainder can be made up of other passive income types such as real estate income. The retiree can reside in the country for an initial period of two years as a Temporary Resident and this period they can apply for permanent residency.
Pathway to Brazilian Citizenship
Brazil’s residency programs provide direct pathways to citizenship for those that live in the country and can prove ties to Brazil. The Brazilian passport guarantees visa-free entry to over 130 countries, including the Schengen area, The United Kingdom, Russia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Brazil’s passport is the third most powerful passport in South America behind Chile and Argentina. Those that become citizens of Brazil which is part of MERCOSUR also gain the right to live in any of the other countries within the MERCOSUR agreement.
Foreign residents of Brazil can acquire citizenship eligibility under the following four main categories:
Foreign nationals who have held a permanent residency permit for a minimum of 4 years, speak Portuguese and have a clean criminal record can apply for citizenship in Brazil. This is the most common and standardised pathway to citizenship.
Anyone who can prove that they have lived in Brazil for a period of 15 years independent of their legal status as a resident in the country is entitled to apply for citizenship.
3. Fast-tracked Naturalisation based on family ties
According to the Law nº 13.445/2017, article 66 foreign residents who:
A) Have a Brazilian Born Child or
B) Are married to or in a civil partnership with a Brazilian National
Have the right to apply for citizenship in Brazil after just 1 year of permanent residency.
4. Definitive Naturalisation
Children that previously acquired Permanent Resident status before the age of 10 have the right to apply for citizenship in Brazil once they reach the age of 18.