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rodhoff replied to the thread Receiving prescription meds via mail from USA in Brazil?? on the Brazil forum:
omrider24 initially posted:
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 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!
rodhoff replied on August 19, 2014 with:
Hello Folks, As far as I know, taxes for medications sent from person to person (that is, no companies involved) have 0% of taxes applied to it. From what I`ve seen, you`ll only have to present the medical prescription. I have found the information on this document that`s located on the brazilian mail website: As for other goods, packs person-to-person costing less than US$ 50 will not be taxed either. The website above ( - in portuguese) probably will contain additional information, but I guess those are the main baselines. Hope it helps! :-)
Amelaroz replied on July 30, 2014 with:
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! Pamela
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Gringoguy replied to the thread invitation letter and documents help for visa on the Brazil forum:
mahbubnayan initially posted:
Hi I need invitation letter for tourist and business visas from BangladeshI,brazilian.need complete document help to get visa.. Plz inbox " "
Gringoguy replied on August 14, 2014 with:
Ain't going to happen. Get a Tourist Visa' if you can' over.
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mahbubnayan posted on the Brazil forum on August 14, 2014:
Hello I need help for Brazil business or tourist visa invitation documents from person or agency for Bangladesh nationals.""
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dfhensley replied to the thread Customs- Moving to brazil on the Brazil forum:
usa1945 initially posted:
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
dfhensley replied most recently with:
If going from US via Miami put item in your baggage you will never see the equipment again. Underwear seems to fall out in flight out of Miami.
usa1945 replied most recently with:
Thank you !!!
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LynseyLoo initially posted:
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?
kiwiinbrazil replied most recently with:
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.
Brunno replied most recently with:
Hi there 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! ;)
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eamonn posted bjj on the Brazil forum:
hi im planning spending couple months in rio i will be training jiujitsu most days.looking to make some friends before trip,im 50yrs old man from interested in meeting natives as well id like learn some portugese.
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bdecastro replied to the thread Gay marriage in Brazil-expat moving to Sorocaba on the Brazil forum:
cwiley26 initially posted:
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. Best, C
bdecastro replied most recently with:
Hi C, 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. Abraços, Brandy
myzydeco replied most recently with:
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.
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bdecastro replied to the thread Moving to Sorocaba, Brazil on the Brazil forum:
gbarzohar initially posted:
Hello, 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. Thank you, Gal
bdecastro replied most recently with:
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, Brandy
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kiwiinbrazil posted Salvador Family Play Day! on the Brazil forum:
Salvador Family Play Day!! Saturday 19th July 9:00 - 13:00 Museu For The Children - Rua do Mangalô, 154, Colina A, Patamares Entry fees for Museum: Child R$30 OR "Passport" R$250 for 15 visits. Adults & babies under 1 year FREE! Email for questions or if any trouble with payment:
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Marlington replied to the thread starting business without work contract on the Brazil forum:
happyabroad initially posted:
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?
Marlington replied most recently with:
Hello, 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. Thanks, bye for now, Margaret Arlington Lic. Real Estate Broker CRECI-SC 15839 Translator & Interpreter Any combination of English -Spanish-Portuguese Destination Services Everything you need to start your new life in Florianopolis and have a happy ending Florianopolis – Island of Santa Catarina Santa Catarina – Brazil Landline: +55 48 3234 7848 Mobile: +55 48 9957 9982 (TIM) Mobile: +55 48 8464 1874 (Oi) Mobile: + 55 48 8844 2169 (Claro) Skype: marlington
nomansalehzada replied most recently with:
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?
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