21 articles Tag Expat hacks

Want to live and work in Brazil?

Want to live and work in Brazil?

Live near the beach in one of the fastest growing economies in world. Find the information you need to find a job and setup in Brazil, avoiding the famous Brazilian bureaucracy.

Continue reading →

The pros and cons of living in Brazil

Brazil is attracting world-class talent with promise of opportunity and lifestyle.  I came to Brazil in 2008 to create a web startup and I can tell you these promises exist.  I have had a great time and I recommend it as a great life experience.  That said, living in Brazil is not a walk in the park.  Like everything else, life in Brazil has its pros and cons. To give you a better idea of …

Continue reading →

How to find a job in Brazil

Jobs in Brazil have garnered a lot of media attention recently.  The economist published an article in January of 2011 with data from both Dasein Executive Search and Association of Executive Search showing that Brazil has the highest executive salaries in the world. The March 2012 edition of Brazil’s Istoe magazine ran a cover story on the number of foreign professionals coming to Brazil to take advantage of the favorable salaries, publishing Michael Page salary data …

Continue reading →

How to get a visa to work in Brazil

How to get a visa to work in Brazil

There are various visas you can get to work in Brazil. Here is a summary the most relevant information. If you work for a company: 1) If they lend services to a Brazilian company that require technical skills you can get a Business Visa which allows you to work in Brazil being paid in your country of origin. 2) If your company wants a presence in Brazil, you can be a director of this company, …

Continue reading →

Top 10 headhunting firms in Brazil

Headhunting firms are popular in Brazil, especially given the fierce war for talent present in a growing and competitive economy.  I have used headhunting firms in the past and there are expensive but they do get the job done.  That’s not to say you should use them at an early stage startup. Here is a list of 10 headhunting firms in Brazil who might be able to find you a good candidate (or even a …

Continue reading →

Why its better to be hired PJ rather than CLT in Brazil

In order to be hired PJ, you need to charge through a company (your own or someone else’s). You still need a work visa just the same, however, I will assume you have the appropriate visa. Choosing CLT and PJ is a tradeoff but I’d say it’s usually better to be hired PJ. You get more net salary each month and you (and the company) pay less taxes overall. You might even be able to …

Continue reading →

How do get a CPF in Brazil

It is possible for foreigners not residing in Brazil to obtain CPFs so you have no excuse for not having one.  CPFs are very useful; from getting discounts in the Zona Sul supermarket or registering on some Brazilian websites. You will need a copy of one of the following documents translated by a sworn translator and consulorized at your local Brazilian consulate. Valid ID from your country RNE/CIE (Foreigner’s registration… I’m guessing you don’t have …

Continue reading →

How to get a cell phone when visiting Brazil

I would recommend getting a local phone as soon as you arrive in Brazil.  Most Brazilian phones are locked from calling internationally and therefore few people can call you. There are four big cell phone companies, TIM, Vivo, Claro and Oi. For a pre-paid phone I would recommend TIM. It has one of the fastest data plans (R$0.50 per day) and the coverage is pretty good, at least in Rio de Janeiro. Whilst it is …

Continue reading →

How to find a good apartment to rent in Rio de Janeiro

Finding a good apartment in Rio de Janeiro takes a lot of time, effort and patience.  The Jornal Globo newspaper on Sundays still has the largest offering of apartments to rent and buy in Rio and its hit and miss. Online sites like zap.com.br and vivareal.com.br are a good source since many of the local estate agents advertise on these sites. Of course you can call estate agents directly to enquire but we warned they are …

Continue reading →

How to find a doctor in Brazil

Finding a doctor in Brazil is surprisingly hard.  Most Brazilians have health plans (Unimed, Amil, Bradesco etc.) which supply them with a written list of approved doctors from which to choose.  For most, this manual is the first port of call.  More often than not, it is common to ask friends and family for recommendation as in most Latin cultures. Slowly, the search for a doctor is moving online.  There are a few websites that …

Continue reading →