Brazil: Registration appointment delays likely in São Paulo

The Federal Police in São Paulo are implementing a new IT system.

This is expected to cause delays for foreign nationals seeking to schedule appointments to register their work visas and obtain a Registro Nacional de Estrangeiro (RNE) – a temporary identification document. While the new system is being implemented, appointment slots will not be available online and walk-in appointments will not be possible.

It is not known how long these delays are expected to last. 

Similar delays are not expected in other cities in Brazil, as São Paulo is the only city confirmed to be implementing this new system.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals arriving to work in São Paulo should expect delays in obtaining an appointment to obtain a RNE and should take such delays into consideration. Employers should take note of the possibility for delays because foreign employees must obtain a RNE before they can be placed on Brazilian payroll, though they can start working before the RNE is obtained.

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK