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Immigration Law Gets in the Way of Hiring Foreigners

11/29/2017 - 11h19

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JOANA CUNHA
FROM SAO PAULO

Brazil's Immigration Law - which started taking effect on November 21st - has barred the back and forth of foreign executives who work for multinational corporations operating in Brazil.

Corporations that typically bring executives from abroad have had to leave them stranded outside of the country. The corporations are criticizing the lack of clarity surrounding the procedures required for entering the country, whether at the Ministry of Labour, the Federal Police or the consulates.

The bill, which was brought forward back in May, was amended on the very day it was signed into law. According to specialists, not only did the bill come into fruition later than it should have, it also contains several loopholes concerning the issuance of work visas to foreigners who intend to work in Brazil. Aspects of the bill suggest the need for follow-up normalization procedures.

Professionals in need of short term visas have also had to cancel their trips. Between January and June, the Labour Ministry issued 12 thousand work visas to foreigners. The ministry did not, however, inform how many people have been affected by said loopholes, merely stating that procedures should be normalized in the coming weeks.

Requests made by foreigners who are either seeking refugee status or are contemplated by Mercosur legislation are being processed as usual, as long as their situations do not conflict with the new bill.

Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON

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