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
Attorney at Law
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