3 Steps to Getting a Business Visa in Brazil

Obtaining a business visa in Brazil will allow you to remain in the country for a period of 90 days to develop commercial operations, represent a foreign enterprise, and undertake various business-related duties including attending meetings, prospecting opportunities, and conducting audits.

Brazil is by far the largest economy in Latin America and the eighth largest in the world. With a gross domestic product (GDP) of around $3.48 trillion (USD) in 2019, the South American nation experienced significant inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the same year, attracting 43 percent of the total investments received by the region, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL).

In addition, Brazil is a founder member of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) and shares borders with many of Latin America’s key markets.

If you are planning to incorporate a company in Brazil, or are otherwise traveling there to represent commercial interests, read on to learn more about getting a business visa in South America’s economic giant. But first, watch this video on six phenomenal reasons to do business in Brazil:

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When do I need a business visa in Brazil?

A business visa in Brazil is indispensable for people who intend to spend a limited time in the country to conduct commercial activities, work for a Brazilian company, or represent a foreign organization.

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A business visa in Brazil allows various activities

A business visa for Brazil allows you to stay for up to 90 days. According to Brazilian legislation, a business visa can be granted to individuals who intend to carry out activities related to business. These include:

•Participation in meetings, fairs, and business events
•News coverage or filming and reporting
•Prospecting business opportunities
•Signing of contracts
•Conducting an audit or consulting

Note that the Brazilian government never grants a visa within Brazilian territory, all applications for business visas must be completed in your country of origin.

3 steps to obtaining a business visa for Brazil

In the first place, you must verify if according to your nationality you are required to apply for a visa to enter the country. Citizens from Mercosur countries, the USA, and several European nations do not need a visa to enter Brazil.

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Apply for a Brazil business visa in three steps

In case you have a different nationality, you must follow three steps to apply for a business visa in Brazil, such us:

  1. Apply for the visa through the Brazilian embassy or consulate in your country of origin by filling in the electronic application form and provide all the required information such as a recent photograph, personal and professional information, statement of purpose, contact details in Brazil (if applicable) and the estimated length of the your stay.
  2. Print the respective receipt and send it to the Brazilian embassy or consulate that will issue the business visa. Keep in mind that further documentation may be required by the consular agent in charge of your application.
  3. Where necessary, attend that embassy or consulate at their request to have the hard copy of your visa afixed into your passport.

If the documents are approved the first time around, your business visa will be issued in 30 to 90 days — so do not delay in advancing the process.

Get a business visa in Brazil with the help of Biz Latin Hub

At Biz Latin Hub, our experienced team of multilingual legal and immigration experts is equipped to help you along the process of obtaining a business visa in Brazil to guarantee a successful application. With our full portfolio of market entry and back-office services, we can be your single point of contact to incorporate your company in Brazil and leverage business opportunities in the country.

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