Who are the digital nomads and why Brazil offers them residency

People who settle in Brazil and work remotely for a company in another country will now have the right to a temporary visa and authorization to reside in the Latin American giant.

This is dictated by a new law of the National Immigration Council, linked to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, and published in the Official Gazette of the Union.

The text defines a “digital nomad” as an “immigrant who remotely and with the use of information and communication technologies is capable of perform in Brazil their work activities for a foreign employer“.

The interested person may not have no type of contract or employment relationship with companies of the Latin American giant. The intention is to encourage this type of worker to settle in Brazilian territory.

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Contribution to the economy

The National Secretary of Justice and President of the National Immigration Council, José Vicente Santini, explained that the regulations respond to a global trend and even contribute to the tourism sector.

“The remuneration of digital nomads comes from external sources, and the resources that these immigrants bring move the national economy. This is an important step for Brazil to promote one of the most modern work models,” commented.

Initially, it will be given a one year residency which may be extended for the same period.

The person must submit documents proving their status as a digital nomad: an employment contract, a statement showing their ability to carry out professional activities remotely, Proof of salary equal to or greater than $1,500, or have a fund of $18,000 in the bank.

You will also need to attach valid health insurance in Brazil and a criminal record statement issued in the country of origin.

Digital nomads have been increasing in recent years, especially with the arrival of the coronavirus. The portal Nomad Life estimates that in 2035 there will be approximately 1,000 million workers leading this life.

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According data disclosed last February by the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), in November 2020 at least 7.3 million people worked from home in Brazil, which represented 9.1% of all Brazilian workers, and a group more prone to nomadism.