replied to the thread Customs- Moving to brazil
on the Brazil forum on July 31, 2014:
I have a permanent visa and am moving to brazil permanently. I want to bring my things in my baggage when I fly to brazil. I am a photographer by trade and use cameras and computers for my work. Will I have any problems going through customs. Also I have a permanent visa so will I have to pay tax on my goods used for work. Thanks
replied on July 31, 2014 with:
Thank you !!!
Hi you should have no problems. Customs is very relaxed here! Only thing of note was an out internal flight airline required us to carry electronic goods in hand luggage. I think this is to cover their butts if anything gets damaged?? We bought some brand new iPhones/iPads in Australia before we left, these were never looked at.
Baggage handling is not as careful here so take care to pack well and take whatever you can in carry on luggage. All the best.
Hello, I am hoping someone can help me.. I have been in Brazil for 8 weeks and I'm running low on my thyroid meds and another med for my autoimmune condition. These meds are not available in Brazil in the dosage I require..I have a Brazilian friend that is a doctor and he wrote me the prescriptions in Portuguese and of course I have the prescriptions already in English...my father in the USA, is having a terrible time trying to figure out how to get these meds to me legally and safely, without customs hassle...we are willing to pay for fast shipping and security.. I also was wondering what is best method to receive another small package with vitamins and supplements, and a few small clothes items...what is best way to avoid huge tax?? I've heard people say that using USPS is better than fedex, but much slower?? I need the meds quickly, but the vitamins I can wait a little. I will be in Brasilia to receive these items. thanks so much for any help!!! :) muito obrigado!
Hi, sorry I can't be of help! We have a few things in common! I have been here for about the same amount of time as you (Campinas) And have the same problem. I brought a bunch of meds with me but will soon run out! I also have an autoimmune illness and take Humira which costs quite alot! If you discover anything before I do please let me know, and of course I will do the same!
Can anyone help?
I'm from the UK and looking to marry a Brazilian here this year then move straight over to Brazil to settle there.
Does marrying a brazilian automatically give me Brazilian citizenship or do I have to apply for it, and do I need a visa to live and work there permanently if I am married to a Brazilian?
Ok wow you poor thing lots of different info here. I arrived in Brazil 6 months ago on a tourist visa. I am kiwi married to Brazilian with a New Zealand marriage certificate. We also did not have time to apply before we came so did it here. You do not need to get married again here - you do need to "register" your marriage here with a legal translation of your marriage certificate (check this info as we applied through our daughter instead!), you'll need to check with federal police in Brazil as to list of needed docs and you can get them all organized here. I did bring a police record from my home country including fingerprint check.
We had to go to federal police (at airport) around 3 times before we had everything in for our application. You then wait for an in person interview then wait again for final visa - still waiting!
They will give you a piece of paper (literally paper) which is you temporary ID as a foreigner here - you can use this to get your CPF number (pay at post office and apply at Receita Federal) and your temporary Carteiro de Trabalho (work book) at the Ministry of Work - please not the places these things are applied for are different for locals vs foreigners!
This could take at least a month to get all these things be prepared for things to take much longer than planned!! Lol
Once you have these you can work legally! Yay! If you're strapped for cash some english schools pay foreigners under the table. Good luck!!!
Visa is processed much quicker at Brazilian consulate in your home country but you can still work & live here while visa is processed.
replied on July 22, 2014 with:
Brazil will require you to withdraw from your Canadian nationality, however this will not automatically take effect since Canada will not recognize whatever promise you make before a foreign judge. The Brazilian authorities will probably take your Canadian passport away from you and return it to the Canadian Consulate or Embassy (all passports officially belong to the government, citizens are only "holders"), you simply ask the consulate to return it back to you and they will probably be more than happy to do so... As long as you use a Brazilian passport to enter or leave Brazil you should be fine. It's worth to give the Canadian Consulate in Brazil a call just to confirm it with them... Good luck! ;)
I'm a 30yo American woman moving to Brazil in December with my partner who is from Sorocaba. We've heard through family in Brazil how gay marriage has been legalized and that I can now get status if we marry in Brazil. Can anyone confirm this and describe the process? We have been so busy trying to coordinate the logistics of our move, which has been a headache as we have a household of 7 years together and two dogs and no company/job to help. We plan to marry in Brazil, but I will enter the country on a tourist visa. I know how awful bureaucracy can be in Brazil, so if anyone has any experience with the process of obtaining a marriage visa as a gay couple I would greatly appreciate your insight.
Not to be a nosy rosy but how did your move go? Are you still in Sorocaba? I saw this thread and couldn't help but feel curious. It would be great to connect with another American. If you're up to it PM me and we can get together sometime.
Have you talked with your local Brazilian consulate in the USA?
They may be able to tell you what the best course of action is, and which visa to get.
Have you considered a marriage in the USA first? Although it won’t be reflected in your federal passport, it might help in getting the correct Visa for your trip to Brazil.
replied to the thread Moving to Sorocaba, Brazil
on the Brazil forum:
My family is planing to move to Sorocaba in few month from now.
I will appreciate any information regarding the living there, the community, are there any recommended private schools?
I have 2 children of age 5 and 2.
Hello Gal, I've been living in Sorocaba going on 3 years now. I've adjusted well and like living here. It's relatively safe in comparison to other Brazilian cities. There's not much to do here but SP is not far and there are innumerable cultural activities there. There is a zoo here for the kiddos. Recently a botanical garden was inaugurated as well. The most renowned private schools here are Uirapuru, Objetivo, Anglo, and Maple Bear. You can PM me if you have any more specific questions, I'm glad to help. Good luck on your upcoming move! Abraços,
I had a secured work contract with a Brazilian company, which gave me the opportunity to live and work there for 1 year. Recently I received a letter that the company had made internal changes and the contract has become invalid. I still want to live in Brazil though, I have some savings, ideas and I want to start my own business, even speak the language somewhat. I cannot find any decent information on how to start my own business as a foreigner in Sao Paulo. Any thoughts?
First of all I believe your employers cannot just send you a letter saying the contract has become invalid. If you were employed according to the law, you have rights just as any other worker so I would get a lawyer to find out what is really going on and claim what you are entitled to by law.
Now, about staying in the country without a work contract: there are four different ways you may get there. 1) by marrying a Brazilian national; 2) by having a Brazilian child even is the mother is not Brazilian. What entitles you to stay is the fact that the child was born in Brazil; in this case, you do not even have to go back to your country to get the permanent residency visa papers. 3) through what is known as 'family reunion' (do you have any close relatives in Brazil that could 'call' you to live here?); 4) by obtaining either a retirement visa or an investor's visa. I have clients who have gone for the investor visa and are doing just fine.
If you would like to discuss this matter, please call me.
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I am in a similar situation, I'd like to open a shop with my wife. Regarding good info I ordered on amazon Our Brazil Expat Fugitive Business guide. A lot about visas, business procedures and startup ideas, but then there are so many. Who has experienced about American schools in Brazil?
replied to the thread need an invitation letter
on the Brazil forum:
I am planning to visit Brazil in Feb 2013, to enjoy the Carnival as well as check out Brazil for investment and business oppertunities. However, the problem is that it is difficult to get a visa for Brazil unless you have an invitation letter from a business or friends. Since, I have none I feel my chances of visiting Brazil are minimum. I will be travelling with my family. If someone here feels they can help me get an invitation that can work for the counsulate, that would be just great. I have all the other requirements under control. Any kind of advice or comment that is related is welcome. Thanks guys!
i need invitation latter from Brazil can any one help me??
hello bro can you invite me to brazil