BRAZIL | Apostille Coming to Brazil – Implementation May Be Varied
Further to our February 18, 2016 Global Brief announcing that Brazil will join the Hague Apostille Convention and begin accepting apostilled documents – many Brazilian Consulate Generals abroad have already posted notices that they will accept apostilled documents starting August 14th. However, the Brazilian Ministry of Labor (MOL) and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) have yet to publish formal announcements confirming the same. Should these two ministries delay releasing similar announcements, it may leave a potential grey area regarding whether the Apostille stamp will be accepted for the in-country work and residence permit application steps after August 14th.
The MOL and the MOJ still have two weeks to clarify the question and issue decrees on the subject. Pro-Link GLOBAL continues to communicate with the Brazilian authorities and will provide ongoing updates. We anticipate that any consulates not yet posting notices regarding acceptance of apostilled documents will do so within the next two weeks.