August 29, 2012

As a follow up to last week’s alert, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (ITAMARATY) public employees have voted to return to work and continue processing visa authorization applications and for Brazilian consular post employees to return to work to processing visa application and document legalization requests. The Brazilian Federal Police (FENAPEF) offices throughout Brazil continue their strike.

ITAMARATY Workers Return to Work:

An announcement by the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management confirms it is willing to consider granting an increase to subsidize salaries of ITAMARATY employees and members of the Brazilian Foreign Services (i.e., Brazilian consular staff) to suspend their strike and return to work from today.

Federal Police Strike:

With regard to the FENAPEF’s strike, the Brazilian Government’s proposal was rejected by the police public service union. Given the stalled negotiations, various FENAPEF offices throughout Brazil will remain on strike with no definitive end date.

ACTION ITEMS FOR EMPLOYERS

The return of public workers to the Brazilian consular posts and to the ITAMARATY’s main ministry office in Brasília is welcome news. As this strike was protracted to only a week in length, it is not expected that visa authorizations and visa application processing times will be adversely impacted. Normal processing times for uncontested Brazilian work permit/visa applications are expected to remain in the customary 30-45 day time frame.

As the FENAPEF strike continues, assignees attempting to register for their RNE (residence cards) or request any other immigration services should contact their Brazilian immigration supplier with updated status on local police office closures or delays in processing times. Pro-Link GLOBAL will continue to monitor the status of this strike.

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 Glenn Faulk, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management. Pro-Link GLOBAL worked with our PLG | KGNM Correspondent Office in Brazil to provide you this update.