Foreign nationals completing police registration procedures in São Paulo are currently experiencing delays of up to 120 days. The delays mean that work permit holders in São Paulo cannot be immediately added to local payroll or complete other post-entry formalities, all of which require registration.
Fragomen: Global Client Alert
Foreign nationals are experiencing significant delays scheduling registration interviews at the Federal Police in São Paulo, due to increased numbers of foreign nationals entering Brazil and a lack of sufficient resources to meet the demand. It can now take up to 120 days for affected individuals to complete the registration process and obtain the foreign national identification number known as the RNE.
Foreign nationals staying in Brazil for more than 90 days must register with the police within 30 days of entry and obtain an RNE. The RNE is not required to actually begin work with the sponsoring employer, but a foreign national must have one in order to be added to the employer’s local payroll, open a bank account, obtain a driver's license and complete other postentry formalities. Until registration has been completed, a foreign national typically cannot travel abroad, but in light of the delays, the Federal Police is now authorizing overseas travel during the registration process if a foreign national has made an online registration appointment, returns to Brazil before the appointment date, and carries proof of the appointment to show on reentry.
Fragomen is currently meeting with local authorities to find a way to alleviate the registration delays in São Paulo and their effects on employers. We strongly recommend that employers operating in Brazil continue to take the lengthy delays into account when planning assignments in São Paulo.
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