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Employment in Brazil is subject to obtaining work and/or residency permits. In general, the procedure is based on your finding a job first, either when you are in the country or before you get there; and then the employer applies for a work permit on your behalf. Residency permits will normally be issued on production of a valid work permit.
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In the age of global markets technical training is not enough. Employers in Brazil are willing to pay more for employers who are fluent in English.
Despite the huge demand for graduates for the new multinationals across the country, many graduates dont get the job because they lack the one skill that would have given them a position: the knowledge of English.
As far as permanent migration is concerned, it is clear that in the current economic climate Brazil can only accept a limited number of immigrants from wealthier countries, and in certain specialized areas like consulting, English language teaching, tourism, or voluntary and development work. Those who are interested should contact the relevant embassies, or the intergovernmental committee for migration which is active in promoting the transfer of foreign experts to Latin America.
Brazil is the land of opportunity for people with skills. Only 11% of Brazilian graduates from college or University, and even fewer, do postgraduate work, making the demand for people with advanced qualifications extremely high.
However, despite the importance of post-secondary education, having a degree is not enough to guarantee you a good job in the current market. Employers are looking for people with literacy and experience in the job market. Recent graduates who can demonstrate these skills should find a wide range of companies knocking on their doors.
Brazils hottest sectors at present are technology-related: telecommunications, computer science, web-page design and electronic engineering. According to Andersen Consulting, there are currently 300,000 people employed directly or indirectly in these areas and the number is expected to double every six months for the next three years. Brazil is already the eighth-largest telecommunications market in the world, but much of the infrastructure already in place in developed nations is only now being installed throughout Brazil, placing technical skills at the top of the list.
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