It’s true, Brazil is well known for its love of red tape and bureaucracy. Many travellers come to Brazil and manage to navigate their way through the birthing and immigration processes by themselves, but this does come with its own stresses and strains, particularly if you don’t speak Portuguese well.
Even staff who work in Brazilian government institutions can be unclear about the rules for foreigners. If you’re not confident of your rights and of how the processes work, it’s all too easy to be given the run around. That’s where we come in.
our process is as follows:
- If you need a Brazilian tourist visa, you will need to obtain this yourself before you travel.
- We will ensure your accommodation is booked before your arrival (please note, high season in Florianópolis is between November and end of February each year).
- We recommend that you arrive in Brazil in your 8th month of pregnancy or earlier. You can arrive later, but you will need to check the rules with your airline. Please bring your passport, original birth certificate and marriage certificate (if you have one) translated into Portuguese or English. Do not get these documents legalised at the Brazilian embassy before you leave as this could result in your tourist visa being cancelled. Please ensure you have a return flight to show at the border. You can change the date of your return flight once you are in Brazil.
- In your first few days in Florianópolis, we will accompany you to the Receita Federal to obtain your CPF numbers. This should only take an hour or so. We can also help you obtain a pre-paid mobile phone number and internet access.
- We will liaise with your landlord/accommodation provider to obtain your proof of residence letter. We will also get this letter legalised at the appropriate cartório.
- We will take you to the public/private hospital for a tour of the facilities. We’ll be there to translate if need be, so you can ask questions. There are English-speaking staff at the hospitals we work with. If you are planning a home birth, we will connect you with the experienced team of midwives that we work with.
- Once your baby is born, you normally will stay for 2 nights in the hospital. The hospital or midwives will give you a ‘ficha amarela’, which contains details of the baby’s birth.
- We will accompany you to the appropriate cartório to obtain the baby’s birth certificate. Both parents and the baby need to attend. You need to bring your passports and your baby’s ficha amarela.
- We will work with you to compile all the relevant documents that you will need for your baby’s passport application, as well as your permanent residency applications.
- We will ensure your appointments are pre-booked at the Polícia Federal. We will accompany you to your appointments to translate and assist as required.
- Permanent residency visas take approximately two months to be created. However, if you wish to travel home as soon as your appointments with the Policia Federal are complete, you can do so. We can collect your permanent residency visas on your behalf and can send them to you in your home country.
- Please remember that you cannot travel home with your new baby until their passport has been created. We can request an urgent passport in some circumstances, however we recommend people allow a month from the baby’s birth for this to be done.