Temporary residence extended to non-Mercosur nationals of countries bordering

  • Brazil
  • 02/22/2017
  • Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

What is the change? Brazil published a new Normative Resolution (# 125) Wednesday providing a temporary residence benefit to nationals of countries that border Brazil but are not part of the Mercosur Residence Agreement. Also, refugees from these countries who have pending refugee petitions may withdraw their applications and apply for temporary residence instead under this resolution.

What does the change mean? The resolution means that these foreign nationals may now enter Brazil as visitors and apply locally for a temporary residence (valid for two years). This benefit will remain in force for one year from the resolution’s date of publication (Feb. 22), but it may be extended.

  • Implementation time frame: Feb. 22.
  • Visas/permits affected: Two-year temporary residence.
  • Who is affected: Nationals of countries bordering Brazil but are not party to the Mercosur Residence Agreement.
  • Business impact: Individuals who are nationals of border countries that are not Mercosur members are now eligible for temporary residence in Brazil for a two-year duration.

Background: Foreign nationals from affected countries, including refugees, may now use Normative Resolution 125 to apply for temporary residence at the local Federal Police office. They will receive an ID number (RNE) and will be able to acquire all other Brazilian documents allowing them to live and work legally in Brazil.

BAL Analysis: Brazilian authorities are addressing migration in the north region of Brazil, where foreign nationals often cross the border to look for economic opportunities in Brazil, but are unable to legalize their migratory status due to being non-Mercosur nationals. In the spirit of the underlying purpose of Mercosur, the Brazilian Authorities have decided to extend the residence benefit to these nationals.

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