No Visas in Brazil during Rio 2016 Olympic Games

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil.- Foreigners who visit Brazil during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 will not need a visa to enter the country, according to a law approved by Congress seeking to encourage tourism during the event. The law, which has already passed through the House of Representatives, was approved in last resort by the full Senate and now only depends on the approval of the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, whose government started the initiative, to go into force. The law benefits tourists who enter Brazil between June 1 and septiembre 18, 2016, and who request permission to remain 90 days. The period works for those who visit Brazilian territory during the Olympics, to be held in August, as well as for the Paralympic Games, scheduled for September. Brazil has bilateral agreements for visa extentions with 82 countries, but the list doesn´t include countries with an important number of tourists, primarily the United States, Japan and China, countries that demand visas for Brazilians. For this reason, in these cases the South American country applies the Brazilian policy of reciprocity. Despite initiatives from the tourism sector to not demand visas for U.S. tourists under any circumstances, the Ministry claims it cannot make an exception to its reciprocity policy. With or without a ticket The passed law clarifies that the unilateral decision taken by Brazil to not demand a visa is not conditioned on the visitor showing tickets for the competitions or Olympic events. According to the ministry, eliminating the requirement for a visa will allow Brazil to receive a higher number of tourists than those who...

Mexico and Canada support Eliminating Visas

The relationship between Mexico and Canada, which is being touted as having entered a ¨new era,¨ has gotten off on the right foot. The first world leader to congratulate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his electoral victory the night of October 19 was Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. At the G-20 Antalya summit in Turkey, held November 15 & 16, the leaders of Mexico and Canada took advantage of the gathering to have their first ¨one on one¨ meeting, with meetings among their cabinet members also taking place. As a show of the ¨seriousness¨ Trudeau´s new liberal government wants in the relationship with its second commercial partner in North America, in both his electoral campaign and government platform Trudeau has pointed to the necesity to eliminate the visa for Mexicans in order to improve the relationship with this country. A visa requirement for Mexico was imposed by surprise on July 14, 2009, under the previous conservative government of Stephen Harper, based on the fact that in 2008 – according to official figures – Mexico was number one in petitions for refugee status, the majority ¨unfounded,¨ according to immigration officials. On that Tuesday, July 14, Harper´s government announced the enforcement of the visa, only giving a 48-hour grace period to those already on the verge of travelling to the Maple Leaf country. The sudden enforcement of the visa put the brakes on requests originating in Mexico, while at the same time the Canadian government admitted that it would be necessary to make adjustments to their processing system to receive asylum, a process which ended up lasting five years and whose...

Visa-free Travel in the EU for Peruvians as of March 2016

Peruvian citizens may enter Europe without a Schengen visa as of March 2016, according to information released from the Ministry. Ana María Sánchez, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has said that as of March of this year the authorities in Peru and the European Union will sign a provisional agreement to eliminate the visa. Immediately following the signing, the exemption will go into force. ¨As of the day following the signing, Peruvians will be allowed to enter Europe without the requirement of having a visa. It is a priority for us to insure the visa exemption agreement between Peru and the EU for short stays goes into force,¨ noted the minister. The minister also told the responsible state agency that the member states of the European Union are at the moment waiting on the issuance of biometric passports from the National Immigration Authority. In agreement with the state agency, the Ministry still has not finalized the hiring process of the service to issue the aforementioned passports. Travellers may stay 90 days in the country they visit. Elimination of the Schengen visa allows entry without a visa into the following countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Sweden and...

Working and living in Brazil – Employment Visas

The decision of accepting a proposal of moving abroad due to work is a tough one. Moving to a different country with different traditions and culture can be hard on the expatriate and family. Moving an expat to Brazil is no different. Brazilian culture can be hard on the ones that are not prepared for it, but it will captivate you in ways that you have never imagined! From their warming hospitality to the Brazilian jeitinho (Brazilian ways to get through bureaucracy), their culture and traditions are very Latin. However, in the business world, Brazil has become very westernized and follows the pattern of the developed nations. In the big corporate centers, Brazilians dress and behave within the international business norms, which makes much easier for the expats to adapt. Still, all the co-workers will get together once a week to go on happy hours and talk about the performance of their favorite soccer team. Apart from the process of cultural integration, it is crucial for the company to analyze the type of work visa required for the specific job function that will be carried on during the expatriation process. The Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs classifies different occupations with a different type and length of stay visa. The employee is subject to deportation and penalty fees in case the Brazilian legislation is not followed. The sponsor company is also impaired in those cases with administrative and legal sanctions and penalty fees. The types of work visa vary according to the employee skills and functions, but the most common ones are the following: RN 99: Temporary work visa with...

The EU Strengthens Border Controls

Owing to the latest terrorist attacks this past November in France the EU strengthens border controls along with other countries around the world, the ministers from the Interior and Justice departments of the European Union have met to evaluate changes in the Schengen Area to strengthen external borders. Greater internal control is also expected, as well as improved anti-terrorist and intelligence coordination, registration of airlines passengers and stronger weapons controls in the 22 EU countries and its four associates. European citizens will also be systematically monitored when they enter or depart the Schengen Area and borders within the area will also be strengthened, with access to data bases for police that will allow them to see information on suspects, people with search and arrest warrants, and those wanted for other crimes. Control of internal borders is a subject that is still to be reviewed, but could put into question the integration and reasoning behind the Schengen agreement. Previous monitoring of all passengers on every flight within and outside of the EU to evaluate risks is also being evaluated. Control of the flow of refugees is also being assessed, so that every person arriving to Europe through Turkey, mainly, will be registered via fingerprints and identification documents with strict security checks. To do this, the EU is considering sending European agents to countries that may encounter difficulties with the high flow of refugees and who do not have sufficient resources to carry out systematic controls. Finally, the EU is considering putting political pressure on the Balkan countries so that they reinforce the fight against arms...