Brazil Country Profile

For more details visit Brazil Passport Ranking
  • Passport Grade
  • Passport Ranking
  • Passport Score
  • Visa-free Countries
  • Visa-required Countries
  • Access to the World's GDP
  • Access to the World's Surface Area
  • Access to the World's Population
  • Access to the Unesco Sites
Citizenship and Naturalization
Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
  • Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
    Unrestricted: Any child born in the country automatically becomes a citizen.
Naturalization - Standard Conditions
  • Minimum residency period
    4 years
    Need to spend all 4 years as permanent resident. Some (not all) residency permits start as PR right away.
  • Physical presence requirement
    On average, 9 months a year. Also, cannot leave for longer than 30 days at a time
  • Language test
    Yes, Portuguese
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
  • Can minor children naturalize?
    Children between the age of 10 and 18 cannot naturalize
  • Can naturalized parents pass citizenship to a child born abroad?
  • Can you lose naturalization due to prolonged absence/ naturalization elsewhere?
    No / Yes
Naturalization - Your Spouse is a Citizen
  • Living IN the country: Residency/marriage requirement
    1 year / 0 years
    May apply immediately after marriage, assuming residency requirement of 1 year is met.
  • Living ABROAD: Marriage requirement
    Not allowed
  • Language test
    Yes, Portuguese
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
Naturalization - Other Beneficial Provisions
  • Your child is a citizen
    1 year
    May apply immediately after having a child with a Brazilean citizen or giving birth in Brazil (jus soli), assuming you have resided there for 1 year.
  • Citizens of specific countries
    1 year
    1 year for citizens by birth of Portuguese-speaking countries (Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, and Timor-Leste).
"–": The provision has not been analysed.
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Taxation Type
A tax resident of a country with a RESIDENCE-BASED tax system pays taxes on their WORLDWIDE income. However, if you lose tax residency status there (e.g., by moving out), the country will generally stop taxing you.
Sovereign Man's Take on Brazil
We think the following famous saying describes the country well: “Brazil is a country of the future. And it always will be.”

The latter part speaks to the fact that Brazileans, so far, have not been able to realize the country’s potential.

One of the reasons for this is its mind-boggling bureaucracy. Simple procedures such as getting a driver’s license, opening a company or a bank account, or getting a visa stamped often becomes a feat-like accomplishment.

And to run a business in Brazil, you need to be VERY patient. Better yet, you must be a saint. Otherwise, you’ll be overwhelmed by its mountains of bureaucracy and taxation.

At the same time, Brazil doesn't disappoint on the personal front. It is a big, incredibly diverse and energizing place. People of every skin color, race or belief will fit in well in Brazil.

Every one of Brazil’s regions has its own flavor, too. In most nations, it’s enough to visit one or two towns to get a general idea about the country. Not so in Brazil.

Porto Alegre and Florianopolis have a strong European heritage. Rio and Sao Paulo are very cosmopolitan cities with a great mixture of people and cultures. And further up north, in Fortaleza and Recife, you start to feel a distinct Caribbean vibe. 

We like Brazil as a place to have a baby. Your child automatically becomes a citizen in Brazil. And the child’s parents can immediately claim permanent residency in the country, and later also count on expedited naturalization, after one year of residency instead of the standard four. 

And in early 2022, Brazil announced its own version of the Nomad Visa, allowing people to live in the country for a full year while avoiding most of its dreaded bureaucracy.
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Service Providers available in Brazil
  • Immigration (residency, citizenship)
  • Tax advice (attorneys and/or accountants)
  • Corporate services (company formation, etc.)
  • Natal services (for jus soli countries)
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Brazil Overview
  • Region
    North and South America
  • Capital City
  • Largest City
    São Paulo
  • Currency
    Brazilian real
  • Languages
  • Population
    215.3 million (7th)
  • Life Expectancy
    75.9 years (111th)
  • GDP (Nominal)
    $1.9 trillion (12th)
  • GDP/Capita
    $8,800 (94th)
Useful Data
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Cost of Living
    Very cheap (2/7)
  • Climate
    Very comfortable (1/5)
  • Safety
    Very Dangerous (6/7)
  • Pollution
    Average (3/5)
  • English Proficiency
    Low (4/5)

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Brazil inside Sovereign Man resources

Articles featuring Brazil

Second Residency

Brazil’s Retirement Visa program 2023: A closer look at its requirements and benefits

There are ample reasons why expats love Brazil: Boasting a tropical climate, friendly locals and a low cost of living, it is an excellent retirement destination – for North Americans, in particular. In today’s episode, we take a look at the benefits of the country’s Retirement Visa program. (And yes, it can lead to a […]

Trends & News

Brazil’s government creates 46 new tax rules EVERY DAY

One of the truest aphorisms in the world of investing is that Brazil is the country with the MOST potential… and always will be. There are few other countries on the planet blessed with such an abundance of resources—fertile land, plenty of water, a huge population, incalculable mineral and natural resource wealth, etc. And yet […]

Trends & News

Brazil builds its own fiber optic network to avoid the NSA

November 11, 2014 Santiago, Chile This past week Brazil announced that it will be building a 3,500-mile fiber-optic cable to Portugal in order to avoid the grip of the NSA. What’s more, they announced that not a penny of the $185 million expected to be spent on the project will go to American firms, simply […]

Trends & News

My absurd story of financial misery in Brazil

[Editor’s note: Sovereign Man team member Peter Keusgen, lead editor of our private investment service, is filling in while Simon is en route to New York City today.] I’m sitting in a café in an upscale part of Sao Paulo, Brazil, a short walk from the Renaissance Hotel, watching the news come in about the […]

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