COVID-19: Immigration deadlines resume after pandemic suspension

22 Oct 20

BRAZIL

IMPACT – HIGH

The Brazilian government has announced the resumption of migratory deadlines and updated dates on the validity of documents issued by the Brazilian Immigration Police.

Key Points:

  • Authorities will resume enforcement of migratory deadlines on Nov. 3, 2020. Registro Nacional Migratório cards and other documents issued by the Federal Police that expired from March 16, 2020, will be valid until March 16, 2021, for entry in the country or registration purposes.
  • Documents that expired after March 16, 2020, will be accepted for Migratory regularization if the immigrant have not left the country and is seeking establish their status until March 16, 2021.
  • For Visit Visa holders, the length of stay will be taken into account for all legal purposes, especially for counting the maximum stay period per migratory year. However, the visit visa overstay within the period between March 16, 2020, and November 3, 2020, will be disregarded.
  • For temporary visa holders, the registration date will not count towards determining the term of the residence. It will start from the immigrant’s first entry in Brazil.
  • The temporary visa can be used for entry into Brazil if it has not expired or if its expiration date has been extended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • The temporary visa may be registered until March 16, 2021. If there is re-entry, the visa will be registered within 90 days of the entry. If the 90-day period for registration is before March 16, 2021, the latter will serve as the date of registration.
  • The maximum period of absence from Brazil will not be counted from March 15, 2020, through Nov. 3, 2020.

Background: Immigration deadlines in Brazil have been suspended since March when the COVID-19 pandemic impacted worldwide travel.

Analysis & Comments:
Employers and foreign nationals should take note of the new deadlines and expiration dates to ensure they are complying with the requirements. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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