Foreigners need a two-year work visa to access the Brazilian job market (specialised technicians, skilled workers, executives). Work visas can be extended for a further two years. Only entrepreneurs, the CEOs of Brazilian-registered companies or subsidiaries and the family members of Brazilian citizens are eligible for permanent work permits

Work permit

In addition to holding a valid visa and a work permit, anyone seeking gainful employment needs to obtain a Carteira de Trabalho (work card) from the Ministry of Work and present this to their employer. 

Applications for work visas must be submitted to Brazil's Ministry of Work. 

Finding a job

Although it is difficult for foreigners to find work in Brazil, personal contacts and networking may uncover opportunities. The links below may also be useful for job seekers. 

Recognition of educational qualifications

Holders of bachelor's or postgraduate degrees obtained at a foreign higher education institution can use the 'Carolina Bori' platform, set up by the Ministry of Education, to have their qualifications recognised and accredited.

Information on the recognition of academic and professional qualifications is available on the website. The addresses of national information centres (e.g. Swiss ENIC) are also provided. 

Self-employment and starting your own business

The federal government issues information on becoming self-employed and setting up a business. Swiss citizens can also contact Switzerland Global Enterprise or the relevant chamber of commerce. 


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