Who can qualify for the VITEM XIV (Brazilian Digital Nomad Visa)?
- remote workers (i.e. you’re working remotely for a company outside Brazil)
- freelance workers (i.e. you’re a contractor for companies outside of Brazil)
- entrepreneurs (i.e. you have your own company/you’re self-employed)
- in both cases, you earn more than 1,500 USD/month OR you can prove you have at least 18,000 USD in savings (convert into your preferred currency)
How can I apply for the visa?
One passport photo
The visa online application form
The contract of international health insurance you contracted
The receipt of payment of the visa fees
The proof of free criminal record from your country of origin
Police checks are valid for up to 3 months from the date of issue ⚠️
Legal proof of your digital nomad status
Here are examples of documents you can provide:
– employment contract (if you work remotely)
– contract of incorporation (if you have your own company)
– declaration of self-employment (if you’re a freelancer: here, it depends on the available legal statuses available in your country – for example, auto-entrepreneur in France, micro-entrepreneur in the USA, etc)
– if you do not have any of these documents, I encourage you to establish your micro-business (in Europe, it doesn’t cost anything or it costs a minor fee).
A declaration attesting to your digital nomad status
(yes, the declaration is as simple as that)
The proof that you can sustain yourself in Brazil
– a proof that your company is paying you at least 1500 USD/month (for example, a payment slip)
– show a minimum of 18,000 USD in your bank account (bank statement + document showing the conversion of the day in USD if your bank account is in a different currency)
In both cases, and if your revenues are in a different currency, make sure to include a document (from an official banking website for example) showing the conversion of the day in USD.
Make sure to check the documents required from your local consulate as it might differ from one to another – but overall, this is what you can expect.
When should I apply for the visa?
Question: What if I plan to go next year?
Question: Can I get it at the last minute?
Question: When should I get it then?
Where should I apply for the visa?
How long is the visa process?
So, let’s recap! Ideally, your calendar should look like this:
- 5 months before departure: gathering all the documents and information needed to apply; getting an appointment at your local Brazilian consulate.
- 4 months before departure: appointment at the Brazilian consulate; wait for the application to be processed OR go back to step one and try to get the missing documents/info.
- 3 months before departure: one more chance to get your application accepted and processed OR receive your visa 🎉
- 2 months before departure: Congrats! Time to plan your trip! ✈️
- This is the ideal plan. If you apply one month before your departure – I actually believe it’s feasible too! I would only advise you to avoid the “Consulate stress” if you can.
Is it renewable?
👉 YES! It is renewable for one more year. So far, no information has been provided by the Brazilian immigration authorities to renew it for more years. In total, you can stay for two years on a Digital Nomad Visa in Brazil.
Can I travel outside of Brazil while on the visa?
👉 Yes, you can! You can easily go back to visit your country for Christmas or visit surrounding Latin American countries during your stay in Brazil, and come back with no issues! But remember that your visa period will start running as soon as you step foot in Brazil. For example: if you’re arriving in January 2023 and you decide to spend 3 months in Argentina, your visa expiration date (January 2024) will not be postponed because you “didn’t use” three months of the visa.
Video Interview with a Brazilian Immigration Lawyer
Timestamps 👉 7:01, who can apply ; 9:10, where to apply ; 10:45, duration of the visa ; 11:24, the required documents to apply ; 16:28, his contact info if you’d like to get in touch with him ; 17:13, a renewable visa? ; 17:35, freelancers and unstable income ; 20:04, can you pretend you have 18k on your bank account? 👀 ; 42:45, taxation for digital nomads in Brazil.
I got my visa 🎉 What’s next?
- Choose your departure date
- Book your flight ticket
- Book a short-term Airbnb to look for a long-term place to live in
- Once you arrived, make sure to register at the Federal Police (all visas have to do this mandatory step) – I’m writing a step-by-step post right now! ☺️
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