Getting a Visa to Teach/Work :Come in on a Tourist Visa or Work Visa?

Thank you everyone for all of the helpful responses! I was specifically looking for the private franchise prices and you guys all definitely cleared that up for me!!!

For those of you that did teach at franchise schools,
1) Did you all get sponsored by the company for your visa to stay in brazil?
2) How much did the visa process cost to you?
3) How many native english speaking teachers were there with you?

1. 95% of native English teacher's in Brazil are here on Permanent residence visa's or spousal visa's and are not sponsored by the schools they work at. idea

3. 75% - 90% of teachers at all the schools I worked at were Brazilians

1: No. Extremely rare.

2: N/A

3: Aim High all but one of us were native speakers. At United I was the only one. I applied at Wizard in SP and here and a couple others here and there were no native speakers.

I've actually been told several times that the Brazilian government is very slow to issue visas for people coming to teach because they feel that Brazilians with strong English skills can do just as well as native English speakers at teaching English.

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