Illegal Expats Offered Visa Amnesty

By Doug Gray, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Friday June 26th saw President Lula finally rubber stamp the planned 2009 visa amnesty designed to regularize illegal workers in Brazil. The amnesty has become a mythical golden egg among illegal residents of late, with rumors abound as to whether it will or won’t be passed. Questions have loomed about what it actually means to the estimated 100,000-200,000 illegal workers in the country.

Rio has its own share of problems with clandestine workers. In April, O Globo newspaper reported that eighteen Chinese nationals were caught working illegally at . . .

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