For purposes of extending the immigration deadlines by the Federal Police of Brazil, the Ordinance No. 21 of the Ministry of Justice (the “Ordinance”) will enter into force on March 15, 2021, which sets forth the extension of the deadline for immigration regularization until September 16, 2021.

In light of the adoption of public emergency protection measures  due to COVID-19, the Federal Police previously determined the suspension of these immigration deadlines as of March 16, 2020.

According to the Ordinance, the extension comprises the foreigners who hold identification documents that have been expired since March 16, 2020, which may be regularized without the imposition of fines for delay in the registration, nor characterizing an extended stay during that period.

In addition, the registration protocols related to migratory regularization, National Immigration Registry Cards (“CRNM”) and other documents related to the Federal Police's migratory activities that have been expired since March 16, 2020, must be accepted as valid and may be used until September 16, 2021, for the purposes of entering, registering, renewing or changing the immigration deadline.

It is important to clarify that, in the process of migratory regularization, the Federal Police will only accept documents expired after March 16, 2020, as long as the expatriate remained in Brazil and if he/she regularizes it until September 16, 2021. However, in case of any traveling abroad by the foreigners, it cannot exceed 30 days, counting the sum of the periods.

In the event of expatriates who are in Brazil, the new Ordinance establishes that the foreigners may also require an extension of the date of departure in case of entry restrictions in other countries, even if it exceeds the immigration year (counting from the entry into Brazil).
Finally, the passports not withdrawn by the foreigners will not be automatically cancelled.

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