Relocating to Brazil
Before relocating to Brazil it is worth doing some research. Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America and is the fifth largest country in the world. It has a population of about 192 million people and is the only country in the world, which lies on the equator, whilst still having a continuous territory outside the tropics.
It boasts a resource rich economy with increasingly successful mining, agricultural and manufacturing industries. Brasilia, the capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage site, is where Brazil’s government is based, along with over 100 embassies and consulates. It is also home to the headquarters of numerous national companies.
Brazil has been a Portuguese colony for over 300 years, gaining independence in 1822, leading to many years of political instability. That said and although it has a relatively young democracy, it has become South America’s leading economic power.
Visa requirements when relocating to Brazil
Requirements for a permanent visa are stringent and can take a considerable time. Anyone who stays in Brazil for more than three months will require an Identity Card obtained by registering with the Federal Police, a Work Card from the Labour Department and a Tax Identification Card from the Ministry of Finance.
Visa and work permit requirements may change at short notice; it is advisable to contact your respective embassy or consulate for the latest details.
Currency when relocating to Brazil
The Real (BRL), divided into 100 centavos.
Time difference when relocating to Brazil
Brazil has 4 standard time zones. Brasilia, the capital city is 3 hours behind London. Only part of the country observes daylight saving time, these are the Southern. Southeast and Central-Western Brazilian states.
Useful facts when relocating to Brazil
Capital City: Brasília
Official Language: Portuguese
Unit of measure: Metric system
Electricity supply: Generally 220V
Brazilian flag: Bandeira do Brasil
Airports when relocating to Brazil
São Paulo – Guarulhos International Airport
Brasília – Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport
São Paulo – Congonhas Airport
Rio de Janeiro – Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport
Belo Horizonte – Tancredo Neves/Confins International Airport
Campinas – Viracopos/Campinas International Airport
Rio de Janeiro – Santos Dumont Airport
Salvador – Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport
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Travel when relocating to Brazil
It is likely that you will want to own a car in Brazil. That said, Brazil’s road system is at best inadequate and often treacherous, with as many as 40,000 road fatalities each year. Public transport is often outdated and overcrowded, with buses being the most common way of getting around the cities. All cities have large taxi fleets, which run on meters and are not expensive, although you should beware of being overcharged in unfamiliar places. Passenger trains are only run on tourist routes and are not a good option for getting around Brazil. Since Brazil is such a large country, domestic air travel should not be ruled out, every major city has an airport and flying is by far the quickest way of traveling between cities.
Property prices when relocating to Brazil
Brazil is one of the few emerging markets that allow foreigners to buy land and property in their own name. Before you can buy a property you must obtain a CPF number, which can be acquired via the Brazilian embassy in the UK.
CPF stands for “Cadastro de Pessoas Fisicas (Individual Taxpayer Registry.) It is a document that any person- Brazilian or not, living in Brazil or not – needs if they want to purchase real estate, a vehicle, a vessel, an aircraft, stock share, to have a banking account, financial or capital market Investments. Once you have this, the tax registration number will allow you to open a bank account and apply for utilities, although, its main aim is to register the amount of capital that you are planning on bringing into Brazil. Once you have found a property.
You will be required to pay a deposit of about ten per cent. The balance is paid on completion, and a notary oversees the process. Even though contracts are drawn up in both Portuguese and English, it is advisable to hire a translator if your solicitor isn’t fluent in both languages.
As a general guide you will find property prices are influenced by location and demand. Your choice of location will be influenced by your place of work. Local agents will be the best place to start. The process of buying any type of property or land in Brazil is strictly regulated. The services of certain professionals are required for the process. The local estate agent should be able to give an estimation of all fees and the property charges the buyer will be responsible for when they become the owner.
Typical property prices in Brazil
The average price per square meter to buy an apartment in the centre of city is approximately 6,800.00 R$, this price drops to approximately 4,450.00 R$ in more rural locations
There are many websites with information to research property prices in Brazil.
Education when relocating to Brazil
Sadly, the standard of education in Brazilian public schools is low with reports of overcrowding and a lack of staff and materials. Children must attend school between the ages of six and 14. These compulsory years of education are known as Ensino Fundamental or Fundamental Education. School terms and holidays in Brazil will differ depending on the region with all children being required to spend at least 200 days a year at school. July is usually designated as a holiday month where school is not attended.
UK Expats will often send their children to the American Schools that teach in English. A list of English speaking schools can be found at: http://www.eslbase.com/schools/brazil
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