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alauw



Joined: 18 May 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:52 pm    Post subject: legality to work in Brazil Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

very quick question;

Am I right in thinking that the best (or only) way to get teaching work is to arrive in Brazil - with a tourist visa as an American, or for Brits just turning up as there is no need for a passport stamp and visa in advance - and begin applying for work?

What's the legality around working? Do schools take people on without a work visa? As in they all do it, and whilst technically not legal, its the de facto way of doing things? If so what are the chances of being deported?

I like to do things by the book when teaching abroad, because the problems that can arise can really f*ck up what's supposed to be an amazing experience.

Thanks in advance,
Alex
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Ruaridh321



Joined: 11 Aug 2015
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:33 am    Post subject: Re: legality to work in Brazil Reply with quote

alauw wrote:
Hi everyone,

very quick question;

Am I right in thinking that the best (or only) way to get teaching work is to arrive in Brazil - with a tourist visa as an American, or for Brits just turning up as there is no need for a passport stamp and visa in advance - and begin applying for work?

What's the legality around working? Do schools take people on without a work visa? As in they all do it, and whilst technically not legal, its the de facto way of doing things? If so what are the chances of being deported?

I like to do things by the book when teaching abroad, because the problems that can arise can really f*ck up what's supposed to be an amazing experience.

Thanks in advance,
Alex


Not sure if you are still looking for answers or not on this, but from what I have read most people seem to work illegally in Brazil.
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Xie Lin



Joined: 21 Oct 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brazil has very few legal options for expat teachers. There are restrictions placed on non-Brazilian job applicants, involving burdensome paperwork that most employers are not willing to take on. An employer must be able to prove that an exhaustive search for a qualified Brazilian was unsuccessful. The student visa, unlike many countries, does not allow paid work. The main path to legal residency is the "Stable Union" visa, but, of course, this requires a Brazilian to be in a stable union with you!

Only Brazilian citizens can hold jobs in the public schools. Language schools and private schools do hire plenty of expat teachers, but on illegal "service provider" contracts, which allow them to claim that they were unaware the teacher was undocumented. Some top international schools are exceptions, and will take on the lengthy work permit process involved in hiring a foreign teacher. I have heard that universities are also sometimes willing to go through the paperwork for the candidate of their choice, but how frequent this is, I don't know.

While Brazil seems to have a number of expat teachers, they are almost all working illegally, and, for that matter, living there illegally after their tourist visa extension expires. (90-day visa, one 90-day extension allowed; max 180 days in country per year.) The range of consequences if caught seems pretty mild; nonetheless, teachers should be aware that they have no legal protections, and employers can take advantage of their illegal status.

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