The Brazilian Economic Citizenship Program

  • Brazil is the fifth largest country and sixth largest economy in the world!
  • Fifth place in the sustainable growth index, according to the UN
  • It is the world’s third largest food exporter
  • Democratic country with freedom and political stability
  • Low unemployment registered at 5.3%
  • International mobility +146 visa-free countries
  • Peaceful and multi-racial country which respects immigrants and their beliefs
  • Active encouragement and incentives for foreign investment, you can own 100% of land and property

A “Permanent Visa”, such as the investment visa, allows a foreigner to live and work in Brazil. You will be treated like an ordinary Brazilian except for voting and political rights.
The resident alien is also allowed to bring his or her family and come and go as he or she wishes. 

A minimum stay period in Brazil is one entrance to Brazil every other 2 years, in order to maintain his or her residency status before the Brazilian authorities.

The investment and transferring of funds must be made into the account of your Brazilian Company or another Brazilian company if you wish.

The company can then invest the monies at its convenience, including real estate, bank investments, stocks, etc. You can choose your own investment, but it must be done in the name of your company. Most foreigners, usually those who are already purchasing real estate, take advantage of it. But you can invest in stocks and even savings accounts, where interest rates and dividends are much higher than those applied and seen in other countries.

Applicant Requirements of the Brazilian Investor Visa Program

The Brazilian investor visa is relatively simple compared to some of the programs of other countries. There are three main investment options, plus several personal requirements the investor must meet:

  • The investor must be at least 18 years of age
  • The investor must have proof on no prior criminal record
  • The investor must be able to provide proof or origin of investment funds

Investment Options: 

  • The investor must be able to invest a minimum of BRL 150,000 (approx. $48,000) as a partner into an approved business that will employ Brazilians (or)
  • Invest BRL 150,000 (approx. $48,000) into an approved Brazilian based Tech Company (or)
  • Invest BRL 500,000 (approx. $160,000) into an approved business in Brazil, an approved Brazilian real estate purchase or Brazilian Government Bonds

Benefits of the Brazilian Investor Visa

Here are the main benefits of obtaining the Brazilian investor visa:

  • An investor’s family are included in the application at no additional cost
  • If the applicant is approved, once they have made their investments they will receive the RNE, also known as the Yellow Card, which indicates Permanent Residency in Brazil
  • RNE entitles the investor to be able to live and work in Brazil and receive the same rights and benefits as a Brazilian citizen
  • If an investor does not wish to remain in Brazil, there is no minimum required period of residency
  • A Yellow Card holder can travel without the need of a passport throughout South America
  • After four years of residency, and investor can apply for full Brazilian citizenship and a passport

Attaining Brazilian Citizenship 

The ultimate goal for an investor embarking on this program would be to receive Brazilian citizenship and a passport. This is certainly achievable as long as the investor covers the following criteria. The investor:

  • Must be over 18 years of age
  • Must have a Brazilian Yellow Card residency visa
  • Must have lived in Brazil for at least four years
  • Must be able to read and write in Portuguese
  • Must be able to provide for themselves (and their family if applicable)