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Key Points

  • Foreign nationals, including those with documents that expired after March 16, 2020, have until March 15, 2022, to obtain permanent residence visas or extend temporary visa
  • Foreign nationals will not be penalized for documents that expired after March 16, 2020
  • This ordinance applies to foreign nationals who arrived in Brazil after March 16, 2020, and who currently remain in Brazil and have not traveled outside of the country for more than 30 days


On August 26, 2021, officials of the Brazilian government made the decision to extend immigration deadlines relating to permanent residence and temporary visas until March 15, 2022. The ordinance was published in the government’s official gazette.

What’s Changed?

This change will extend the deadline, which was previously extended to September 16, 2021, to March 15, 2022. This will allow additional time for foreign nationals with expired documents, such as passports, identification documents, and criminal background check certificates, to continue using these documents and allow individuals more time to obtain new documentation, without the fear of penalties.

Looking Ahead

Individuals with expired visa documentation should continue to check for updates after the deadline of March 15, 2022, has passed.

Source: To see the official government ordinance click here. To visit the Brazilian government website, click here.

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