October 22, 2012

As a follow up to our alert regarding the voluntary public strike by the Brazilian Federal Police (FENAPEF)please allow this to be an update on the status of various FENAPEF offices.

Updates for Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and Various Other FENAPEF 

After more than two months of being on strike, workers at 10 Federal Police unions in Brazil have decided to resume their duties in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Brasília, Goiás, Pará, Bahia, Sergipe e Espírito Santo. As reported on Monday, 15 October by the National Federation of Federal Police (FENAPEF), the agency is awaiting the outcome of the strike in others states, and cautions that despite the formal end of the strike, the work will be resumed gradually.

Further information can be found at:

http://www.fenapef.org.br/fenapef/noticia/index/40344

ACTION ITEMS FOR EMPLOYERS

Given the ongoing nature of the strike, while technically “voluntary” for various municipal and regional FENAPEF’s to join, the general expectation is that honoring of existing appointments and processing times for immigration-related matters at any given FENAPEF require constant checking until the strike has concluded and all workers catch up the volume of pending RNE and visa extension applications.

Companies and assignees are advised to first check with their Brazilian immigration supplier to confirm the current status of appointments and processing times with the FENAPEF having jurisdiction over the assignee’s host city of residence and how delays may affect initial or renewal application processes.

It is especially important to note that for those foreign nationals who have not yet been able to register with the Federal Police for their RNE’s to keep a copy of their online appointment request (“protocolo agendamento”) with their passports to evidence their attempt to register with their local FENAPEF within 30 days of arrival. Until registration is done at the Federal Police and a foreign national is issued a traditional “protocolo”, foreign nationals intending to depart Brazil should keep their “protocolo agendamento” available to present to port of entry officers upon re-entry to Brazil.

Pro-Link GLOBAL will continue to update on the status of strike as more information becomes available.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader

This is provided as informational only and does not substitute for actual legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a matter. Readers are reminded that Immigration laws are fluid and can change a moment’s notice without any warning. Please reach out to your local Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist should you require any additional clarification. This alert was prepared by Lavinia Pascariu, Associate Immigration Counsel.