CANADA, PORTUGAL, AND THE UNITED STATES are more “Brazilianized” than ever.

Canada – 11,425 Brazilians became permanent residents of the country in 2021. Today, Brazil is the seventh country with permanent residents in Canada (over 130,000 Brazilians live in the country). This year alone, 4,110 Brazilians have been granted permanent residences. In addition to federal programs, provinces still select candidates according to the local need for labor. Therefore, the country is a major promoter of immigration and offers great advantages for those who want to work or study.

Portugal – According to the “Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras” – the agency responsible for the country’s immigration sector, there are more than 252,000 Brazilians living legally in Portugal. The search for quality of life is the main reason, along with the ease of the language.

However, not everything is perfect there. Many have been disappointed with the high cost of living, as inflation around 10.2% and the difficulty of available jobs are causing many Brazilians to return to Brazil. The Consulate-General reports a significant increase in repatriation requests from newcomers.

United States – Receives the vast majority of immigrants (over 1 million), as the search for better prospects for prosperity has been considered by many. Furthermore, the strong American economy offers job availability, especially for professionals with proven and recognized experience.

According to lawyer Ingrid Domingues McConville, although Brazil is a wonderful country with a lot to offer, the United States offers benefits that may not exist in other countries, with a notable infrastructure and proven quality of life. And because it was founded by immigrants, the country has evolved by encompassing and welcoming immigrants from all cultures.

There are other countries where Brazilians are strongly present, such as Paraguay, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia, European countries, etc. Therefore, we can say that talented Brazilians who want to reinvent their lives have doors open to the world, just needing good planning and objectivity to chart their next destination.

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  • Ingrid Domingues-McConville founded DM VISA LAW – Domingues McConville, P.A. in 1995. She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1995 and a member of the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. Ingrid earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. With over 27 years of experience in Immigration Law, Ingrid has represented clients throughout the United States and worldwide, handling both business and family immigration matters. She has helped companies and individuals obtain visas and permanent residence in the United States. Ingrid plays a significant leadership role in the Brazilian community in South Florida and throughout the United States, providing much-needed guidance and legal advice.