Brazil is one of the few countries on earth that grants permanent residency rights from day one to the parents and siblings of a Brazilian-born baby, regardless of where they come from.
- What’s so great about a Brazilian passport?
- Introducing our city of Florianópolis
- What are my rights after I give birth in Brazil?
Brazil is South America and Latin America’s largest country. In terms of area and population, it’s the fifth-largest country on the planet. It’s home to 207.8 million people and its economy is the largest in Latin America and the eighth largest in the world.
Brazil is a wonderful place to visit and is teeming with natural beauty. It’s home to the Amazon River and rainforest, the powerful Iguaçu Falls, the expansive cliffs and canyons of Chapada Diamantina, the dunes and freshwater lakes of Lençóis Maranhenses, the wild animals of the Pantanal, not to mention its 7,491 kilometres of stunning coastline.
Brazil’s famous cities include the dramatic mountains and soft golden sands of Rio de Janeiro, the cobblestoned streets of historical Salvador, the concrete jungle of São Paulo and of course, our personal favourite, Florianópolis – the capital city of Santa Catarina state. It’s Brazil’s safest city, boasts the country’s highest standard of living and offers the best of both worlds, where well-appointed shopping centres and business districts meet clean, sunny beaches and unspoilt forests.
What’s so great about a Brazilian passport?
If you have your baby in Brazil, that baby is Brazilian and eligible for a Brazilian passport from day one. This passport offers visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 146 countries around the world, which makes it a highly sought after document for many.
Permanent residency is offered to the immediate family of a Brazilian-born baby (parents and siblings, past and present), and after a year of living in Brazil on this visa, the family is eligible to apply for Brazilian citizenship.
An interesting fact about Brazil is that it does not extradite its citizens to foreign countries. That’s a very handy benefit that we hope our child never needs, but it certainly would have come in handy for Edward Snowden or Julian Assange!
Why give birth in Florianópolis?
Florianópolis, also known as Floripa, is the second largest city in Santa Catarina. It’s also the state’s capital.
Floripa is located on an island, which is connected to the mainland by bridge. It has a relatively modest population of only 477,798, however the quality of the city’s infrastructure is high, making it an ideal city to base yourself in.
Shopping centres, hospitals and roads are all excellent. We work with two private hospitals in the city and both have superb facilities and English-speaking medical staff. Even the public hospital in Florianópolis is fantastic, which is rare in Brazil. We also have relationships with a wonderful home birth team, if you are looking to have your baby at home.
Crime levels in Floripa are among the lowest in all of Brazil. Florianópolis is also the Brazilian city that has most increased in wealth over the last three decades. On average, its Gross National Product has increased 6% per year and is currently double the Brazilian average. Research conducted by the Brazilian School of Public Administration claims that Florianópolis is the eighth best Brazilian city for a professional career.
Your rights after giving birth in Brazil
When you give birth to a baby in Brazil, your baby is Brazilian from day one. This means that the child’s parents and siblings have the right to live and work in Brazil as permanent residents.
Permanent residents in Brazil enjoy almost all of the same rights and privileges as Brazilian citizens. For the most part, families who live and work in Brazil for a year as permanent residents are then eligible to apply to become Brazilian citizens should they choose to.
No other country offers such a smooth, swift pathway to permanent residency after giving birth. Neither you nor your partner need to have any prior connection to Brazil. It’s a testament to Brazil’s warm welcome to people from all over the world.
While the pathway to permanent residency is clear, for foreigners, it can be difficult to know where to start. Our experienced team are here to help you every step of the way, so you can focus on the things that really matter – like taking care of your family.