Brazilian Citizenship How to become a citizen of Brazil

The increasing insecurity and uncertain economy realties had make many people to seek for greener pasture abroad such as Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand by most Nigerians and other English speaking countries.

The requirements and procedures for obtaining Visa is challenging and frustrating to many applicants.

The non-existence of primary health care, good education and provision of health food are a few reasons why many seek for immigration to other nations.

If you have resources you can decide to either Invest in the developed economy as Investor and get permanent resident within varying months to maximum of 2 years.

Some can even get marry to citizens of such countries and thought they will get citizenship. In some countries, it will only accelerate their processing of Permanent resident such country is Brazil.

That said, here’s what I know: being married to a Brazilian is not a requisite by law to get Brazilian citizenship… though marriage does help on your temporary visa, and may accelerate your citizenship process.

According to the Foreigner’s Statute (Lei No. 12.968 in PT-BR) here are the requirements you should present to apply for citizenship:

  • be a capable civilian, according to local legislation
  • registered as a Brazilian permanent resident for four years (marriage will help reducing that to one year)
  • fluent in Portuguese (speaking and writing)
  • with a job and salary (or personal assets) that provide for yourself and your family
  • must not be an indicted or convicted felon (in BRAZIL or elsewhere) with 1+ years of prison (sentenced or not) for an intentional crime
  • be in good health (applicants living in BR for less than 2 years are required to prove themselves healthy)

What are the benefits of Brazilian citizenship?

The Brazilian passport is one of the most beneficial in the world, with it you can travel to all the countries of the planet, among these you can enter 144 countries without a visa.

You can travel freely through the Mercosur countries without a visa or even the passport (in the case of a Brazilian-born, just the RG (General Register) is required, I don’t know if that works for foreigners with the RNE (National Registry of Foreigners). And as they’ve mentioned in other answers, you can acquire public office, free stay in Brazil and enjoy one of the most beautiful natural beauties in the world or, if you are not careful, be killed by some wild animal doing it, criminals included.

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  1. As a citizen, you can get a Brazilian passport. It’s a really well sought passport, due to the fact that it can get you into many countries and is also relatively low-profile
  2. You can hold a public office through one of our many “concurso”;

And that’s pretty much it. It’s not really easy to get Brazilian citizenship, but if you like the country and want to live here, it’s quite worth it — as a foreign, you’ll miss many of our public institutions’ help, such as our retirement plans, health insurance and the right to own a house.

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The right to hold a federal government job.

Since the Lula administration, some of the best jobs in Brazil are government jobs. All require you pass a competitive exam, known as a concurso. Only citizens are eligible for federal jobs, with the exception of Federal University professor positions and, theoretically (but not in practice), Federal Institutes of Science and Technology

The right to reside and work in other Mercosul countries

Through the Mercosul agreement, Brazilian citizens have the right to obtain legal residency in any of the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay

Are there other avenue open to Nigerians and other citizens to become Brazilians?

How to be Brazilian citizenship?

These are the possible avenues to Brazilian citizenship. You are probably not eligible for some of them, but I will mention all:

  1. You were born in Brazil and have lived here throughout your formation years until 18.
  2. You were born in Brazil, raised abroad since a very early age, but did not express your desire to forsake your citizenship.
  3. You were born abroad, to at least one Brazilian parent, but you were registered as a Brazilian citizen at the local embassy or consulate as soon as you were born.
  4. You were born abroad, to at least one Brazilian parent, but he/she was a Brazilian diplomat.
  5. You were born abroad, to at least one Brazilian parent, but came to Brazil just before turning 18 and opted for the citizenship.

These above are the ways by which you are a native Brazilian. Speaking the language is not even an issue, though you will probably have little use for your new-found citizenship if you can’t.

But there are other easier ways:

  1. You were born abroad, to at least one Brazilian parent, were not registered, did not come before 18 to opt in for the citizenship, but did come later and did opt in.
  2. You marry a Brazilian native citizen (a common-law marriage equivalent is available in the form of a ‘stable union’, which is also available for homosexual partnerships and can be converted into a ‘marriage’ at some registry offices) and live in the country for some years (the marriage itself grants you permanent resident status).
  3. You and your spouse come to Brazil to have your baby born (anchor baby), then you register him/her at the local registry office (this gives you both permanent resident status) and live in the country for some years.
  4. You come to Brazil under a temporary residence visa, live some years, learn the language, work, build an estate, abide by the law and apply for citizenship.

Foreigners can get Brazilian citizenship if they have resided continuously in Brazil for 15 years and have no criminal record. However, this period can be drastically reduced to four years, if the foreigner has permanent residence in Brazil, have sufficient knowledge of the Portuguese language (spoken, written and read), are employed or have sufficient monetary funds to support themselves and their family. 

This four-year period can also be reduced if the resident has a spouse or a Brazilian child. In this case, you may get Brazilian citizenship after one year of residence in Brazil. If the resident has artistic skills, professional and scientific skills, it is eligible for Brazilian citizenship after two years. And after three years of permanent residence is entitled to apply for Brazilian citizenship to foreigners who have property or business volumes of certain value. 

Naturalization Process The whole process of application to the Brazilian citizenship is taken over by the Ministry of Justice. The application process for the Brazilian citizenship is executed by the Ministry of Justice. Before approving the request, ministry officials will check, initially, the various documents that must be submitted with your application. The most important will be the criminal record, followed by the employment situation and financial position.

In addition, the candidate should not have any income tax debts and must prove to have a good mental and physical health (this refers only to candidates applying for citizenship less than two years after obtaining permanent residence). 

Dual nationality The Brazilian law allows dual nationality. However, for dual nationality, the two countries involved in the process (in this case Brazil and the country of origin) will have to allow dual nationality. For more information, check the Brazilian embassy and consulates in your home Country and also consult a attorney to make sure your country allows you to have dual citizenship.

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Right now, when you give birth to your child in Brazil, your child gets automatic citizenship, meaning they now come from the same country like Neymar, Ronaldinho, etc.

Every country that offers citizenship by birth does this – the USA Canada, Barbados, e.t.c., right?

Yes, but here’s what the others do not do.

As soon as your child is born in Brazil, the Brazilian government offers you the parents and all your other children who are under the age of 18 Instant Permanent Residency Status in Brazil.

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More importantly, why should you care about having a Brazilian passport?

Consider these 4 unmatched reasons…

  1. The magical blue Brazilian passport is a great asset, one of the best travel documents in the world and it doesn’t come with much baggage or drama (unlike the U.S or most E.U countries who are constantly embroiled in dangerous global politics)

  2. Visa free or visa-on-arrival access to 146 countries –for life!

  3. Anyone can be Brazilian -black, white, Hispanic…Brazil is arguably the most diverse country in the world… you’ll never be discriminated against.

  4. A Brazilian passport and citizenship is an invaluable path towards becoming a global citizen.

Brazil has an unmatched combination of advanced medical facilities, positive global connotations and an incredibly valuable second passport.

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Giving birth in Brazil is an excellent way to set up your entire family for success, but it is also a marvelous opportunity to add a Brazilian passport to your personal life, without unnecessary restrictions.

However, it is not enough to know that Brazil is the best option for your child right now…

You need to know how to access the privileges accessible to you and your child, and how to do it legally, in the shortest possible time, before the opportunity goes away, because you never know!

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