The Ministry of Labour has issued a Technical Note stating that current resident visa holders applying for residence renewal in Brazil are not required to present a legalized and translated police clearance certificate from their country of residence covering the last five years. Instead, these applicants must provide a certificate of criminal record issued by the Brazilian police.

  • This applies equally to residence renewal applicants whose current residence status was obtained under the previous immigration law, before the five-year police clearance certificate requirement took effect.
  • Note that this relaxation does not apply to first-time post-arrival residence applicants, holding visitor visas or visa waivers, who are required to submit a five-year police clearance certificate.

New immigration regulations came into effect in December 2017, implementing a new immigration law (13445/2017, published May 25, 2017). The regulations introduced a requirement to present a legalized and translated police clearance certificate from their country of residence covering the last five years for initial residence authorization applications.

Depending on the country of residence, it can take several months to obtain a police clearance certificate. However, obtaining one too early will result in having to obtain a new one, since it must be less than 90 days old at the time of the initial temporary visa or residence application.

Companies employing residence holders in Brazil whose residence is due to expire should contact their immigration specialist to check whether they need to provide a legalized and translated police clearance certificate from their country of residence covering the last five years.


Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.