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BRAZIL: New Norms for Family Reunion

As of September 1, 2014, immigration procedures have been simplified for (1) a request for permanent residence in Brazil for a family reunion based on Brazilian children, marriage to a Brazilian citizen, or a common-law partnership; (2) a change from temporary to permanent residence based on the Mercosul Agreement; and (3) the issuance of an identification card by the Federal Police Department.

The new rules under Ordinances 1351, 1371, and 1507 guarantee foreigners the right to permanent residence and the issuance of the identification card for foreigners, provided that all the required documents are submitted with the application.  These rules are also valid for the permanent visa process for applications already filed and currently under analysis by the Ministry of Justice.

The list of documents and procedures may vary depending on the state in Brazil where the application is filed.

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