Brazil is one of the lesser known nations to offer an investment-based residency program. The program allows investors to carve their path to permanent residency and eventual citizenship.

Program Overview

Investors from across the globe in search of opportunities generally tend to target the Golden/Investor Visa programs that are offered by countries in the Caribbean and the EU. But, these are not the only countries to offer such programs.

One of the benefits of obtaining Brazilian citizenship is the international mobility it provides. Brazilian citizens have visa-free or visa on arrival access to 141 countries and territories. This makes the Brazilian Passport one of the most “powerful” in the world.

Program Benefits
Months to Residency from
Investment Amount (USD) from
Years to Citizenship

There are many significant benefits that come with signing up for the program. Here are a few of them. 

  •    Your family is covered as part of the program.
  •    Once your application gets approved and the investments are made, you will be provided with a residence permit called the Yellow Card, which certifies your right to be a permanent resident in Brazil. 
  •    The Yellow Card entitles you and your family to live and work in Brazil. You will also enjoy the same rights that are offered to Brazilian citizens. 
  •    The Yellow Card grants you the right to travel throughout South America without the need for a passport. 
  •    There are no requirements with regard to the minimum stay. 
  •    After 4 years of permanent residency, you automatically qualify for Brazilian citizenship and passport.  
  • Brazil is the fifth largest country and sixth largest economy in the world!
  • Fifth place in the sustainable growth index, according to the UN
  • It is the world’s third largest food exporter
  • Democratic country with freedom and political stability
  • Low unemployment registered at 5.3%
  • International mobility +146 visa-free countries
  • Peaceful and multi-racial country which respects immigrants and their beliefs
  • Active encouragement and incentives for foreign investment, you can own 100% of land and property
Program Qualifications 

The Brazilian Investor Visa program is one of the least cumbersome in the world. As far as basic requirements go, you are only required to:

  • Be 18 years old or above.
  • Possess a clean criminal record and provide the necessary evidence to prove this.
  • Provide evidence supporting the legitimacy of the investment funds and the source of funds.
Investment Options

There are 3 main investment options you can choose from.

  • Establishing a company 

For the Investor visa & Permanent Residency program, you need to invest an amount of $ 500,000 BRL (~US$100,000) most commonly by acquiring equity in a Brazilian legal entity (Company) which can be already established or newly incorporated.

  • Establishing a company/ buy shares of a company that is in the field of technology, innovation products or scientific research.

You have the option to establish or buy shares in a Brazilian company that is focused on investing in technology, innovation products, scientific research. At least one partner must be highly skilled in the particular area of investment. The minimum amount of investment must be $150,000 BRL (~US$30,000) and take a specific form defined by the Brazilian government. The company, on this situation, has to have specific characteristics.

  • Real Estate

Applicant can invest $700,000 BRL (~US$140,000) approved Brazilian real estate in the north of and northeastern regions of Brazil

Applicant can invest $1 000,000 BRL (~US$200,450) approved Brazilian real estate in other regions of Brazil

FAQs about Grenada & The Citizenship by Investment Program
  • What is a Brazilian Investor visa?

A “permanent visa”, such as the investment visa, allows a foreigner to live and work in Brazil. You will be treated like an ordinary Brazilian except for voting and political rights.

  •  Are the investor visa holder’s family entitled to come to Brazil? 

The resident alien is also allowed to bring his or her family and come and go as he or she wishes. 

  •  Is there a minimum stay period?

A minimum stay period in Brazil is one entrance to Brazil every other 2 years, in order to maintain his or her residency status before the Brazilian authorities.

  •  Where are the investment monies transferred?

The investment and transferring of funds must be made into the account of your Brazilian Company or another Brazilian company if you wish.

  •  What can be done with these monies once they are in the company’s account?

The company can then invest the monies at its convenience, including real estate, bank investments, stocks, etc. You can choose your own investment, but it must be done in the name of your company. Most foreigners, usually those who are already purchasing real estate, take advantage of it. But you can invest in stocks and even savings accounts, where interest rates and dividends are much higher than those applied and seen in other countries.

  •  How long is the investor visa valid for?

You get permanent residency status.

  • Are the investor visa holder’s family entitled to come to Brazil?

The resident alien is also allowed to bring his or her family and come and go as he or she wishes.

  • Where are the investment monies transferred?

The investment and transferring of funds must be made into the account of your Brazilian Company or another Brazilian company if you wish.

  • Who has to file the application?

The person who wants to become a Brazilian citizen must apply themselves. If a person under the age of 18 wants to naturalize then the parents or legal guardians must file the application.

Make Brazil your second home 

Visa-Free Countries


GDP (per capita)
US$3.328 trillion
GDP (purchasing power parity)

BRT (UTC−2 to −5)
8,515,767 km2
Real (R$)
automobile industry, construction


  • Fifth largest country in the world with one of the fast growing economies in South America
  • Cost of living is about 20-25% less than in any European country
  •  One of only five countries in the world that manufacture commercial jets

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