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Brazil launches new measures to attract foreign talent


11:00, May 18, 2013

BRASILIA, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian immigration authorities on Friday unveiled a set of favorite measures aimed at bringing in more foreign professionals.

According to the new regulations published by the National Immigration Council, skilled foreigners can receive a temporary visa allowing them to work immediately for a 60-day term, during which they can present all required papers.

The new policy differed strikingly from the old one, which stipulated that foreign workers had to submit the complete documents to the Brazilian consulates in their respective countries before they could obtain a work visa. It usually took 30 days to evaluate the documentation.

Moreover, the government will create a digital record of the companies willing to recruit foreigners to work in Brazil, so it will not be necessary for them to present the complete documentation every time they hire a new foreign employee.

According to official figures, the number of foreigners in Brazil decreased from 683,000 in 2000 to 593,000 in 2010, meaning that immigrants account for only 0.3 percent of its population, in comparison to the world average of 3 percent.

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