This week the Brazilian National Immigration Council (Conselho Nacional de Imigração or CNIG in Portuguese), regulated the entry of digital nomads into the country.
The agency linked to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, granted a one-year digital nomad visa to professionals who choose to reside in Brazil and exercise their profession remotely to companies based abroad.
The resolution was published this Monday in the Official Federal Gazette. The new digital nomad visa and residence permit will have an initial term of up to one year, and according to the text, will be renewable.
The regulation of Digital Nomad activity in the country was initiated six months after a request to the Federal Government of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro, when the municipality, through Riotur, launched the Rio Nômades Digitais program, making Rio the first official digital nomad city of South America.
The regulation meets global digital nomad trend and contributes to the tourism sector. The remuneration of digital nomads is from external sources, and the resources brought by these immigrants move the national economy.
Brazil Digital Nomad Visa: more details
The brazilian temporary digital nomad visa must be requested at any Brazilian consular office abroad, with the presentation of the documents provided for in the resolution, such as health insurance valid in Brazil and proof of digital nomad status (through an employment contract).
Digital nomads who are already based in Brazil now, may submit an application for a residence permit to the Ministry of Justice through the MigranteWeb System.
In both cases, proof of digital nomad status must be made with the presentation of an employment or service contract, among other documents that demonstrate a link with a foreign employer. In addition, it is necessary to prove means of subsistence in Brazil (from the legal text, the minimum is US$1500 in monthly salary).
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro already had a semi-official Digital Nomad initiative, but like the digital nomad program promoted in Buenos Aires, it lacked official status from a migratory / immigration point of view. With the latest changes, digital nomads will now have a separate visa and status in Brazil.
One of the measures of the Rio Nômades Digitais Program was the granting of a certificate for hotels, hostels and coworking spaces that are partners of the initiative in the city. These spaces guarantee special rates to digital nomads who join long-stay packages. So far, there are already 113 affiliated locations.