Necessary Forms and Fees for Residency on behalf of a Brazilian child

My partner will be giving birth to our Brazilian child in October. We were curious what fees we are looking at paying and what documents would be necessary to do this?

Most of the information I've found on the process came from this site. It looks to be dated, I saw a newer article from Rio Times Saying the government was expediting the process.

Hi, Jay,

Is your partner Brazilian?   If so, you can apply for permanent residency as soon as things start opening up again.  If not, you'll need to wait until the baby is born, and the schedule will be tight.

The article  is generally reliable, although the card is called CRNM - Carteira de Registro Nacional Migratório  - and is blue now.  Check the document list on the Federal Police website for any changes, and start pulling your documents together.   The fees are probably higher than listed in the article, but the total should still be under R$1,000.

Thank you for the reply. When say that the schedule is tight is it typically less than a month or a longer time frame?

It can take 6 months for a CRNM. If all documents are complete and apostilled it can be a little less.
You will need to begin the process ASAP since visa/exemption is 90 days.
FBI background check cannot be over 90 old.

South_America_Jay :

Thank you for the reply. When say that the schedule is tight is it typically less than a month or a longer time frame?

If you're Americans coming to Brazil on tourist visas,  you have 90 days, which can be extended by the Federal Police for another 90 days:  180 days total.  You need to balance that against a number of factors, not all of which are under your control:  an October delivery date; the cuttoff date of your airline for allowing pregnant passengers to fly; finding  an OB/GYN in your target city; a probable 90 day expiration on your FBI Background Check; when Brazil will start allowing tourists to return, and on what terms; the  impact of covid-19 on the medical infrastructure of your target city, and when it will be anything like back to normal; when the Federal Police will start accepting applications for permanent residency again, just to name some of the things that are top of mind.

You have two things in your favor:  your child's birth certificate should be issued almost immediately,  and, once your applications for permanent residency are accepted, the clock stops running on your visas.

So, you want to control the things you can control:  get all your documents together,  make sure they're right, look at them critically, like an unfriendly policeman might.  Be strategic with your Background Checks:  use an Approved Channeller, no more than a month before your departure.   The control and the certainty are more than worth the extra costs.  Remember, you'll both need a complete set of documents.  Have lots of copies of everything important.

Research prenatal care and birth services in your target city now as much as you can.  If your current OB/GYN can give you any kind of referral at all, that will be a huge help.  SUS will be reeling from this crisis, so you should plan on private care, and budget accordingly.   

Learn as much Portuguese now as you can.  Duolingo is better than nothing.   This is functionally a monolingual country, so ANY Portuguese you can speak or read will help.

Once you arrive and you're waiting for the baby to come, go to the Receita Federal, the Federal Revenue office, and obtain  CPFs, Brazilian taxpayer IDs.  This is one of the few documents you don't need permanent residency to get, and it's required everywhere.   This will also be a good time to get Sworn Translations of your documents.

Expect to wait 3-6 months for your CRNMs to be issued,  maybe more, probably in temporary housing.  In the interim, the Federal Police will give you a document called a Protocolo,  as evidence that your applications have been accepted and are being processed.   The Protocolo might be accepted as an ID for some purposes, but probably not for a Labor Card to be able to work legally, or to open a bank account.  But, there's always the possibility of a lucky break.

So, yeah - doable, but tight timeframes.  Good luck!

Awesome! In terms of the documents is it just a background check no older than 90 days, birth certificate, and our passports? … o-familiar

This is the site which has docs needed. Remember they need to be legalized and/or apostilled in the US and then translated by an approved translator. Birth Cert needs to be the "long form.
Not just a local background check, but an FBI offcial BG check.

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