Brazil simplifies the procedure for visas issues during the FIFA World Cup 2014

  • Thaís Oliveira Araújo - 12 June, 2014 - Articles

In 2014, Brazil will host for the second time, the second largest sport event in the world, the FIFA World Cup (only behind the Olympic Games), which will happen from June 12 to July 13, 2014. In order to facilitate the entry of the foreigners who will participate in the competitions, the FIFA technical staff, and people who will come to Brazil to watch the games, was sanctioned on June 5, 2012, the Act 12.663/12, which set forth special visa for this period, the Special Temporary Visas (TE).

This is not a new measure, as the said Act was valid also for the FIFA Confederations Cup and World Youth Day, which were held in Brazil in 2013.

The information about these entrance visas are listed in Chapter III – entry and work permit visa – of this Act. In Article 19, the new law stipulates that the visa must be issued, without any restriction on nationality, race or creed, in a way that all members of the delegation of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) have their entrance visa.

The conception of members of the FIFA delegation includes : All the guests of the Federation and committee members ; employees from all FIFA confederations and foreign associations affiliated to FIFA ; all referees , members of the participating teams of the competitions , team doctors ,people responsible for FIFA hospitality services and other professionals assigned to work during the events ; all trading partners of FIFA and its subcontractors ; all Crew Stations and representatives of press, responsible for providing sign service, emission and transmission of audiovisual content in the events , approved by FIFA ; and, finally , all the spectators who have tickets or valid purchase confirmation of the tickets for any event and all individuals who demonstrate their official involvement with the events , providing that evidence in a reasonable manner, in a way that their entry into the country has something to do with any activity related to the Event.

It is important to say that in the cases above mentioned, which the foreigners will come to Brazil to work, they must necessarily, submit a document issued by FIFA or by a third nominated party by it, confirming that the entry in the country is for performing activities related to the events.

The validity of visas for all people listed in art. 19, independently of the function to be performed, ends on December 31, 2014. The difference is in the period of permanence in the country. All foreigners, authorized by law 12.663/12 that will come to Brazil to work during the World Cup, excluding spectators, will have a term of stay /residence set at the discretion of the competent authority, therefore the contracting party won’t have the possibility of choosing the period of stay in Brazil. If there is a necessity to stay for more than ninety (90) days in the country, the interested parties should request a registration directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SERE / DIM). As for the spectators’ visa holders, the maximum period of stay in the country will be for a maximum of ninety (90) days, which are nonrenewable.

Regarding what was previously mentioned, the most important information to be aware of, and , that distinguish  the World Cup visas of the ones that already exists, are the facilities and attractive measures to issue them, as provided in article 19 of the Act: Reduction of the quantity of documents needed to enter the visa application (just the passport / travel document valid in conjunction with any instrument that shows the connection with the Event.); The available means to issue the document (electronic); The priority given to these applications, preventing delays for the issuing of the visa document; The exemption of the requirement of first entry ninety days after the visa’s approval; The beginning of the time period just after the first entry in the country, therefore allowing multiple entries; And lastly, the exemption of fees for obtaining visas meaning that they will be completely free.

Finally, it is important to point out the fact that even with all these lenient measures, visa applications requested based on this act, shall be in full accordance with Articles 7 and 26 of Act No. 6.815/80, that defines the legal status of foreigners in Brazil, under penalty of denial of visa.

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