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About 28 thousand foreigners are allowed to work in Brazil

Job market

Most immigrants are men and have come from the United States, the Philippines and the United Kingdom

The General Immigration Coordination (CGIg) of the Ministry of Labor granted 28,658 work permits to foreigners in Brazil in 2016. The majority was for males, who received 25,393 concessions, against only 3,265 for females. Almost all are between 20 and 49 years old.

The data were presented at the 1st ordinary meeting of the National Immigration Council (Cnig), held on Tuesday (14).

In 2016, the nationality that received the highest number of work permits was the North American, with 3,952 concessions. The other countries that received the requests were, in this order, the Philippines (2,841), the United Kingdom (1,844), India (1,675), Italy (1,664), Spain (1,389), Germany (1,228) and France (1,204). Of the 28,658 concessions given in 2016, about half (15,993) went to workers with a full course.

Permanence

At the meeting of the National Immigration Council, the number of immigrants who requested authorization to stay in Brazil to the CNIg, responsible for formulating the Brazilian immigration policy, was also presented. According to the general coordinator of Immigration of the Ministry of Labor, Hugo Medeiros Gallo da Silva, in 2016, the council granted 1,156 permits.

Most of the immigrants who received authorization from the CNIg are from Ghana (397), Senegal (226) and Bangladesh (123). Almost all are male - 1,050 men and 106 women. Most are between 20 and 49 years old.

The work permit is a prerequisite for foreigners to apply for a work visa in Brazil. And, contrary to humanitarian visa cases, where immigrants are mostly from poor countries and have low levels of education, work permits are usually requested by people from developed countries with an academic background.

Source: Portal Brasil, with information from the Ministry of Labor