From Amnesty to Permanent Residency

By Samuel Novacich, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On July 2, 2009, Brazil’s then President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva signed into legislation Law 11961/09, better known as the Amnesty Law. The law promised temporary amnesty to foreigners living illegally in Brazil, and created a path towards permanent residency within two years. Now, after approximately 43,000 foreigners took advantage of the legislation, and as the two-year Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?