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Working in Brazil

Brazil has one of the largest economies in the world and numerous industries are rapidly developing, which translates into the fact that there are a variety of job offerings for foreigners. Skilled foreigners looking for employment are sought after in a number of industries, including agriculture, engineering, food manufacturing, oil and gas renewable energy, the service industry, and mining.

Job offerings can be browsed on the Internet, as there are several websites displaying current vacancies and taking in applications. This is the cheapest option, but finding a suitable employer willing to take you in does take some time and perseverance. You can also try contacting a local recruiting agency in your native country that has any ties with South America or Brazil. Another option would be to first apply for an internship programme in Brazil and looking for a job directly from there, as this increases the chances of finding suitable employment.

With the vastness of multinational corporations that currently operate within Brazilian territory, knowledge of just the English language might suffice, but having at least a basic understanding of Portuguese will increase the chances of getting hired. Sometimes, for people looking to find employment as English teachers, Portuguese language classes may be offered at no cost.

Most job opportunities are available in Brazil’s larger cities, such as Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paolo. After finding a Brazilian employer, he or she will have to be the one to apply for a work visa on your behalf. Typically, a work visa is valid for up to two years.


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