August 20, 2012

As a follow up to our recent alert regarding the voluntary public strike by the Brazilian Federal Police (FENAPEF) http://www.pro-linkglobal.com/resources/immigration-alerts/2012/brazil-federal-police-on-official-strike-effective-august-7th-a214.aspx, please allow this to be an updated on the status of various FENAPEF offices.

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

Brasília – The FENAPEF is only extending expired temporary residence registrations (“protocolos”) and extension of tourist visas on a case-by-case basis. Most work residence registrations (RNE) are not being accepted nor processed.

Porto Alegre – The FENAPEF is only extending expired temporary residence registrations (“protocolos”) and extension of tourist visas on a case-by-case basis. Most work residence registrations (RNE) are not being accepted nor processed.

Rio de Janeiro – Unclear if strike is still being observed. Currently, only expats that RN#72 visas (foreign crew members working shipping vessels or oil platform workers) are being able to under traditional RNE registration. Those who possess RN#61 visas (technical worker status) and RN#80 visas should contact their Brazilian immigration supplier or the local FENAPEF office to confirm if their RNE registration cases are being accepted and/or analyzed.

São Paulo – Strike not being observed. Currently, traditional registrations are not being affected. All the expats were able to receive their RNE protocol or withdraw their RNE card. The only inconvenience is related to the time they have to wait during their appointments or having appointments rescheduled for a future date.

For FENAPEF’s in the cities of Macaé, Nova Igauçu, Duque de Caxias, Manaus and Curitiba, work has stopped completely.

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.

Glenn Faulk, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management, has written this alert in coordination with our Brazilian KGNM- MRS Global.

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This content is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or final guidance for any immigration matter. Readers are reminded that a country’s immigration laws and requirements may change with little to no advance public notice. Questions regarding specific immigration matters should be addressed to your Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist.