Brazil: Vitem-V Work Visa holders to obtain work booklets faster under new rules

Brazilian companies looking to employ foreign talent through the Vitem-V Work Visa (RN #99) route have greatly benefited from a recent regulation change that now allows foreign employees to obtain their CTPS Work Booklets much faster.

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Pursuant to these new rules, the Brazilian Ministry of Labour will now accept a certified copy of the “Official Gazette” (Diário Oficial) as evidence that the employee’s work visa has been approved. Although this change may sound minor, the new regulations are expected to alleviate the amount of time am employee spends in-country before the he/she can begin work activities.Under the previous Ministry of Labour regulations, foreign employees were required to provide proof of their registration with the Federal Police (an appointment that can take upwards of several weeks to schedule) before they were able to obtain their CTPS Work Booklet, CPF Tax Card, or enroll in Brazilian payroll.Thus, scheduling delays with the Federal Police directly affected the ability for foreign employees to begin their assignments expeditiously once they arrived in Brazil. With this recent change, however, employees can now furnish the Ministry with the Official Gazette containing the employee’s complete name, parents’ names, and work visa categorization to obtain their CTPS Work Booklet whose issuance is no longer contingent on their registration with the local Federal Police.Employers and foreign nationals alike should note a few key details of this change:
  • This new requirement change is only available to Vitem-V Work Visa (RN #99) holders. Foreign nationals applying for work and residence authorization in Brazil under any other visa stream (e.g. Permanent Residency based on Brazilian family affiliation or via the MERCOSUR agreement streams) will still be required to register with the Foreign Police before requesting their CTPS Work Booklets.
  • Although proof of their registration with the local Federal Police is no longer required for the CTPS Work Booklet application and issuance, foreign nationals must still complete this registration within 30 days of their arrival in Brazil.
  • The Brazilian authorities are still revising the Official Gazette to contain the required information (i.e. employee name, parents’ names, and work visa category). Sponsoring employers and applicants should ensure that the Official Gazette publication contains this necessary information before utilizing the Gazette for the purposes outlined here.
The Brazilian Ministry of Labour has also announced that it is moving to an electronic processing and printing system in issuing the Work Booklets with the aim of improving service. While the changes will now streamline the registration process in-country, the implementation stages are taking place locally and the municipalities are currently in the process of adopting these new changes.Please contact Pro-Link GLOBAL immigration for further information.For more Re:locate news and features about immigration click here