One of the ways through which foreign citizens can immigrate to Brazil is retirement. For this purpose, the authorities have created a specific type of visa people interested in living in this country can apply for.
Below, our immigration lawyers explain the main characteristics of the retirement visa for Brazil. We are at your disposal if you want to apply for it.
Brazil’s retirement visa requirements
Foreign retirees who are interested in immigration to Brazil can apply for the retirement visa. Applicants must meet the following requirements in this sense:
- they must be financially capable of supporting themselves during their stay in Brazil or have a reliable source of income to be eligible;
- they must have a minimum monthly income of approximately USD 2,000;
- candidates must also meet the minimum retirement age which in Brazil is 65 for men and 60 for women;
- applicants must also have a Brazilian health insurance coverage;
- a clear criminal history is also among the requirements to retire in Brazil.
The retirement visa is in fact a residence permit for Brazil, however, it is a temporary one. If you need support with the application, our lawyers in Brasilia are at your disposal.
Documents required when applying for a retirement visa in Brazil
Brazil’s retirement visa requirements imply drafting the following documentation and filing it with the nearest consular office or embassy:
- an application form;
- a valid passport in original and copy;
- the original birth certificate;
- one picture;
- police clearance issued by your local police department within the last 3 months;
- proof that you are financially solvable;
- health insurance;
- a receipt for the visa payment fee.
Brazil accepts online applications for retirement visas, however, each Brazilian consulate has a unique system. In order to obtain information on the application process, you can get in touch with our lawyers in Brazil who can offer further instructions or who can help you file your application.
Validity of the Brazilian retirement visa
The validity of a retirement visa is 12 months. You can also renew the visa for another year after it has expired. Please mind that the validity period begins on the day the visa is issued and not the one of your arrival in the country. For this purpose, we advise you to check if you need to obtain an entry visa so that you have sufficient time to comply with this requirement as well.
Our law firm in Brazil is at the service of foreign citizens who want to move to this country and need assistance in applying for residency.
How long does it take to obtain a retirement visa for Brazil?
Depending on how you choose to apply, the processing period for a retirement visa may vary. Applications submitted in person are usually processed in a minimum of 5 working days. Applications submitted by a visa service provider are processed in 10 to 15 business days.
You must register with the Brazilian immigration authorities (DPMAF), which is part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the city where you will live within 90 days of arriving in Brazil. You will receive your permission to reside from the Federal Police Department.
Our Brazilian lawyers can guide you through the procedure so that it can be completed in time.
Demographics in Brazil
According to projections, Brazil’s population in the future will be divided into the following group ages by percentage:
- in 2030, people aged 0 to 14 will represent 17,6% of the entire population;
- the percentage of those aged 15 to 29 will be 21;
- the category of people aged 30 to 59 will be the most numerous with 42,7%;
- people aged 60 and over will represent 18,6% in 2030.
If you need more information about the requirements for a retirement visa in Brazil, do not hesitate to contact us. We can also help you apply for citizenship in Brazil.