BRAZIL – Stricter Documentary Requirements for Police Registration
Effective 27 December 2017, the Federal Police in Brazil have introduced a new documentary requirement for the mandatory in-country registration (“Registro Nacional Migratório” or RNM).
What has changed?
- Applicants must now submit their original birth certificate (and marriage certificate if applicable), or a legalized copy, and a legalized copy of their police clearance certificate covering the last five years.
- Copies must be notarized and legalized at the Brazilian Consulate abroad responsible for the jurisdiction where the document was issued, or apostilled under The Hague Convention, if the country is a signatory.
- Certificates not in Portuguese must be accompanied by an original sworn translation into Portuguese, completed in Brazil.
- Birth certificates must include the names of both parents.
- In the event of the birth certificate not clearly stating the name of both parents, or of a disparity or abbreviation in the names of the parents, the applicant will have the option of presenting a recent, original consular attestation (“cedula consular”), in lieu of the certificate.
Previously, birth certificates were not required as long as another document was submitted stating both of the applicant’s parent’s names.
- Employers should ensure that foreign nationals are prepared to submit all the required documents for the post-arrival police registration step, to avoid any delay.