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Recognized refugees in Brazil are entitled to receive the “Carteira de Registro Nacional Migratório” (National Migration Registration Card), which is the former “Registro Nacional de Estrangeiros – RNE” (Registry of Foreigners – RNE), the “Carteira de Trabalho e Previdência Social – CTPS” (Work and Social Security Card”), the “Cadastro de Pessoa Física – CPF” (Individual Tax Identification Number) and a travel document (passport).
Asylum seekers have the right to obtain the Temporary Protocol valid for one year and renewable for the same period, a temporary work permit (CTPS), as well as an Individual Tax Identification Number (CPF).
If you prefer, watch the video that talks about documents:
Every asylum seeker will receive a Provisional Protocol valid for 1 year and renewable until CONARE’s final decision on that asylum request. This will be your identity document in Brazil. It serves as proof of your regular migratory situation and that you can not be returned to a country where your life is endangered. With this protocol, you will be able to obtain a work permit (Carteira de Trabalho – CTPS), a Brazilian Tax Number (Cadastro de Pessoa Física – CPF) and the right to access all available public services in Brazil. According to the Brazilian Law, the Protocol is a valid document throughout national territory and it proves that you are legally entitled to be in Brazil.
Even though this is an official document, it might be a challenge sometimes for an average Brazilian to recognize it as a valid document, as the Provisional Protocol is very different from the documents owned by Brazilian nationals. If you face any problem to access services and rights with this document, please contact the Federal Public Defender’s Office (DPU) or UNHCR’s partner organizations.
In order for the Provisional Protocol to remain valid and so that you can work legally, it is necessary to renew it at the Federal Police every year. Asylum seekers who do not renew the Protocol within this deadline might have their claims archived. Be aware of the renovation date noted on your protocol and present yourself at a Federal Police station before this date.
Carteira de Registro Nacional Migratório (National Immigration Registry Card)
An asylum seeker that has had his/her refugee status recognized in Brazil has the right to obtain the National Immigration Registry Card (former National Registration of Foreigners – RNE), an identification document for foreigners in Brazil. The issuing and the renewing of the Card/RNE are made at any Federal Police Department (If you are in São Paulo, go to the unit located at Rua Hugo D’Antola, 95 – Lapa de Baixo, phone: 11 3538-5000). Pay close attention to the expiration date of your Card/RNE. The renewal must be done 3 (three) months prior to the expiration date of your former document.
For confidentiality reasons, the document you carry as a refugee does not list your migratory status as “refugee”, but rather uses the category “resident” according to the Brazilian Refugee Law (9747/1997).
In case of doubts and for more information, contact the Federal Police at number 194 or by e-mail to [email protected], or with civil society organizations that work with refugees.
Certidão de Confirmação da Condição de Refugiado (Refugee Condition Confirmation Certificate)
If you need a certificate issued by Conare confirming your refugee status, you need to follow the step by step below:
Step 2 – After gaining access to SEI, log in with your login and password.
Step 3 – On the left side, under “peticionamento”, choose the “processo novo” option.
Step 4 – In the “escolha o tipo do processo que deseja iniciar” list, select “Refúgio: Solicitação de Certidão de Refugiado”.
Step 5 – In specification, place “solicitação de certidão”.
Step 6 – In “documentos”, there will be a line with” documento principal “. Click on “Solicitação de Certidão Confirmatória de Refugiado”.
Step 7 – The certificate request form will then open. Fill in the required fields.
- Check if you are a refugee or if you are an applicant.
- The RNE / RNM number is only mandatory for refugees.
- The Refuge Protocol number is mandatory for applicants.
- Although the Refuge Protocol number is not mandatory for refugees, the application will be processed more quickly if this number is provided.
Step 8 – Click on the “salvar” button, which is in the upper left corner of the form, and then close the form screen.
Step 9 – In “documentos complementares”, add a copy / photo FRONT AND BACK of your RNE or CNRM (for refugees); or copy / photo of your Refuge Protocol. In “tipo de documento”, you can select this option.
Step 10 – In “formato”, choose “digitalizado”, and click “adicionar”
Step 11 – In “interessado”, include your own name.
Step 12 – Then click on “peticionar”.
After this registration, your registration will be analyzed by the General Coordination of Conare and the certificate will be sent within 15 working days, if the requested documents have been sent correctly. If any documents are missing, you will be informed that a new electronic petition will be required.
If you need support please contact them at [email protected] or by phone at (61) 2025 9734
If you prefer, watch the video prepared by CONARE (in Portuguese):
Carteira de Trabalho e Previdência Social - CTPS (Work permit and Social Security Card)
Both asylum seekers and refugees have the right to work in Brazil. The Work Permit and Social Security Card (Carteira de Trabalho e Previdência Social – CTPS) is the document that verifies all the worker’s professional life. This document is mandatory for exercising formal professional activities and can be requested by anyone over 14 years old, national or foreigner, with regular residence in Brazil and a CPF number.
Recently in Brazil the document became digital. In most cases it is no longer necessary to issue a physical version of it.
Anyone interested in applying for their digital Work and Social Security Card (CTPS) must download the application (“Carteira de Trabalho Digital”) for free on the virtual store of their mobile phone (Apple’s Apple Store and the Android Play Store). Or access the link https://servicos.mte.gov.br/. At the time of hiring it is only necessary to inform the CPF number.
If the employer requests the physical Work and Social Security Card (CTPS), call 158 to request the physical document.
Cadastro de Pessoa Física - CPF (Individual Tax Identification Number)
CPF is one of the main documents for persons residing in Brazil, as it allows the access to a series of services, such as the Public Health System (SUS), registration in public education institutions, opening bank accounts and other financial operations. Any individual, national or foreigner, can request a CPF.
Adults above 18 years old shall present the original or certified copy of his/her identity card, which can be the provisional protocol, the Card/RNE or even the passport. People under 18 years old shall present the original or certified copy of his/her identity card and the identity card of one of his/her parents or legal guardian.
If you want to receive a physical document (card) you will need to pay a fee. To do this, just go to a post office.
For more information, please refer to these websites (Portuguese only):
Refugees recognized in Brazil are entitled to apply for a passport, valid for two years from the date of issue. Asylum seekers are not entitled to this passport and, as applicants, must wait for refugee status to be able to request a travel document.
To request a passport you have to:
1) Fill out the application form
2) Pay the fees
3) Schedule a date to go to the Federal Police Station
4) Present at the Federal Police on the date scheduled with your refugee identity card (Card/RNE), tax payment receipt and proof of scheduling.
* You must wait one (1) business day for the payment of the fee to be compensated before scheduling your trip to the Federal Police.
You can check the application process of your passport here.
The passport will be delivered personally to its owner.
If you want to travel abroad, check the need to communicate or request authorization from CONARE in the “travel abroad” session.