Home Work at home forever: Brazil authorizes visa for digital nomads and companies are looking for professionals who can work from anywhere in the world using the computer

Work at home forever: Brazil authorizes visa for digital nomads and companies are looking for professionals who can work from anywhere in the world using the computer

31/01/2022 às 12:48
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In the home office style, foreigners have sought to issue a visa to continue working in companies that pay for the professional to work from home or anywhere, with a computer and a good internet connection    

Brazil is looking for qualified high-income workers who can work from home (home office) or anywhere, the so-called digital nomads, who have the function of working using only a computer. This new lifestyle gained momentum as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the world, forcing everything and everyone into the digital world.

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Digital nomads looking for a visa to stay in foreign companies, even residing here in Brazil

The National Immigration Council, of the Ministry of Justice, last week regulated the creation of a type of visa for digital nomad professionals, as well as for executives, specialists, investment managers, content creators and any other professional who lives and works using a computer.

The main focus is to allow foreign professionals to stay for a year or more working in Brazil, even if they are linked to companies in their countries of origin or other companies abroad. This shift opens up many opportunities for the hosting and shared office network sectors, as the focus is on working from home or anywhere that has a good internet connection.

According to the 2022 Global Migration Trends Report by the company specializing in worldwide immigration services Fragomen, it is estimated that 35 million professionals have this profile in the world, with the forecast that this number could reach 1 billion in 2035. About 40% of them earn more than R$34 a month and spend around R$4,2 million a year.

Some countries have already won the digital nomad visa

In order to end the tourism crisis that was also installed with the pandemic, 24 countries have already managed to create tailor-made visas for digital nomads. Estonia, for example, was the first to obtain the visa, followed by Greece, Costa Rica, Croatia and Iceland. Even if this seems new, the concept of a digital nomad has been around for some time, but in a different form.

Professionals were already venturing out long before the pandemic, looking for a new way of working. An example of this is Vincenzo Villamena, a 39-year-old accountant from New York, who decided to try a professional life outside the daily stress of the Big Apple. Villamena says that he spent some time in Buenos Aires, in 2010, where he learned Spanish and found out about the possibility of working remotely – or home office, as we know it – without abandoning life in the United States.

The New Yorker has already worked in Colombia and currently lives in Rio de Janeiro, at Hub Coworking, Leblon, South Zone of RJ. With his computer, he runs Online Taxman, based in the US, and has the help of 40 other employees who also work from home. Villamena is now awaiting the release and issuance of its tourist visa.

Foreigners in Brazil open the doors to tourism, as well as jobs and economic growth

Hub Coworking has attributed a large part of the 15% increase in revenue in 2021 to foreigners who are gradually returning to Brazil. The standard profile, which has most sought private rooms, that is, the most expensive ones, is that of regions in Europe, who intend to stay an average of one to three months in Brazil, according to partner and businessman Bruno Beloch.

Another important sector that has been investing in this niche is hosting, which continues to earn high revenues in recent times. Airbnb's global CEO, Brian Chesky, announced that he will be working over the next few months visiting different properties on the temporary rental platform.

The hosting sector stands out for welcoming digital nomads, since working from home and using a computer is synonymous with revenue, not only for foreigners, but also for hosts.

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