By Jose Santiago
October 1, 2013

The Immigration Laws in Brazil allow foreigners to acquire permanent residency by owning, directing or managing a non-profit organization in Brazil and anyone can open and manage a NGO in Brazil. Here is how it works:

The National Immigration Council determined that a foreigner can request a permanent visa based on a position of president, manager or administrator/director of a non-profit organization.

Under the provisions of Normative Resolution number 70/06 a foreigner can be hire/appointed by non-profit entities in Brazil with activities in and/or out of the country, provided they can prove that their institutional activities pursue at least one of the following objectives:

1) Promote social assistance;
2) Promote education or sports;
3) Promote the combat poverty;
4) Promote culture;
5) Promote the preservation of the historical and artistic patrimony;
6) Promote the preservation and conservation of the environment and a sustainable development;
7) Promote ethics, peace, human rights, social rights, democracy and other universal values; and
8) Promote/represent international labor rights/unions.

The education and/or the background of the applicant must match with the scope and position offered by the NGO.

This visa will be granted for an initial period of five years (citizenship is allowed within 4 years of residency in Brazil), but this permanent visa is conditioned to the exercise of the specific position at the NGO.

Many foreigners who are already volunteers and/or participate in charitable organizations are opening their own NGOs in Brazil and therefore requesting this type of permanent visa.

Should you need more information, feel free to contact my office.

Jose C. Santiago
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By Alison McGowan
October 1, 2013

Pousada Dona Zilah is a large 1930s townhouse, extended and converted to accommodate a maximum of 34 people in 15 suites. Rooms are basic, with tiled floors and painted brick walls, and some only have windows looking onto the internal courtyard which can make things a bit claustrophobic, but they all have the essential comforts like a reasonable bed, shower, and TV, and you are not likely to spend much time in your room anyway. In any case any simplicity is more than made up for by the fact that this is a unique, charming and very reasonably priced place to stay, a pousada right in Jardins, one of the most chic areas of São Paulo.

Only a few blocks from Avenida Paulista, Pousada Dona Zilah stands out as a wonderful anomaly – a lovely refurbished house with character and style totally surrounded by big high rise buildings, bars and restaurants. A great place to start or finish your trip if you fly into São Paulo, or as a base for discovering the city itself.

Starpoints
* location right in the centre of the city, but only half an hour from the bus station and 45 minutes from Congonhas airport
* lovely restaurant, bar and place to work
* wi-fi throughout
* library where you can swap paperbacks

Try a Different Place if…
… if you don’t like noise or big cities

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on alison@hiddenpousadasbrazil.com. Visit her site at http://www.hiddenpousadasbrazil.com/.

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