HSBC Said Ready to Pick Buyer for $4 Billion Brazil Arm in June – Bloomberg Business


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HSBC Said Ready to Pick Buyer for $4 Billion Brazil Arm in June – Bloomberg Business.


Before the World Cup, this was one of the best banks for using an International Debit card to withdraw money.  However, about 6 months before the beginning of the World Cup they began to have problems along with Banco do Brasil.

The situation appeared to be returning to normal, but again has turned into a novella.

UPDATED: 14-05-15

Bradesco now charging R$20 reais to make a withdraw; max R$800.   My HSBC is now back to working.  You can withdraw up to R1,000.

Number of Cars in Brazil Doubles in 10 Years


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The number of cars on the country’s roads is set to top 80 million in 2013.


Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima – São Paulo.

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bus_station_gynMy wife went to Brasilia to visit friends last Thursday a week ago.   Went by bus.  Bought her ticket online.  Took 15 minutes to get to the bus station from our apartment – normal.  At the bus station, check-in took less than 5 minutes.  The bus was new.  The highway to Brasilia is four-lane.   Normal travel time is 2 hrs 45 min.  Brasilia has a new bus station.

bus_araguarinaInterstate and Intercity bus services can still be hit and miss depending on the region, but for the most part it is good.  Many of the highways may not have improved over the last 20 years, but the bus services have.

When I went to pick her up on Saturday,  it took an hour to get to the bus station – not normal.  but this is happening more frequently on the major avenues in the city.  The parking lot at the bus station was full, but there were spaces available for old folks that had not been stolen by young folks. Smile    Other people either double-parked, or drove around in circles.   The return trip to our apt was quicker as I took a different route. Unfortunately, the routes to the bus station are limited and this subject to these sudden traffic jams.

What is happening now are: “traffic jams out of the blue”   There is no slack in the system.  Streets are overloaded much of the time. If there is an accident, power failure or whatever, the system pretty much comes to a standstill.  During rush hour…. well …. best to avoid it.

Goiania, which was a relatively easy city to get around in a few years back, is not today.   In another 10 years or less, we will be a like Sao Paulo, where gridlock is not uncommon.

I have a friend who lives in Belo Horizonte.  If he goes to work during rush hour, it can take him an hour to an hour and a half.  If he goes after rush hour, takes about 15 minutes.  Luckily, he has a flexible work hours.

So if you move to Brazil, live in a small town on the beach unless you love urban traffic jams.

How tough it is to do business in Brazil (not only for foreigners)


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By Mark Hillary

I knew that I would need a company in Brazil so my income from writing books, journalism, blogs, and advisory work could all be channeled into a single place. This has become IT Decisions, which is a limited company registered in São Paulo run by my wife and I, but with a large team of writers and translators all contributing to what we do.

Getting to the point where I could say I was on the board of a Brazilian company was quite a journey and I don’t want to bore you with some of the more tedious details, but here are some of my observations on the very strange company law system in Brazil.

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Brazil: Given the brush-off –


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Brooms on the beach

Copacabana clean-up: green brooms have been used as symbols of protest against political corruption in Brazil

Brazil: Given the brush-off –

“Covered in tattoos, trucker Edilson da Silva is not one to hold his tongue. But even he has to be careful what he says when it comes to the São Paulo state police.

Highway officers impounded his removal truck last Saturday in a remote rural outpost on the state’s coastal road because of a problem with a document.”

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TRAVEL ALERT: Snow in Southern Brazil


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In my 20+ years here I don’t recall ever seeing a photo showing so much snow in Southern Brazil.  Normally, it snows enough to cover the ground in a thin, white layer, but no significant accumulations.

The photo was taken in Serra, in the region of Campos de Cima da Serra, in Vale do Taquari, in Northern Rio Grande do Sul.

Not really a travel alert, but if you come to Brazil this time of year and go to the South dressed as if you were going to Bahia…well, you are going to suffer!

Map: Rio Grande do Sul

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VISAS: Work Visas Given 1st Semester 2103


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Between January and June were granted 29,400 work permits in the country. CNIg 1490 authorized work visas

Brasilia, 13.08.2013 – The General Coordination of Immigration of the Ministry of Labor and Employment (CGIg / MTE) granted from January to June a total of 29,486 work permits to foreigners, and 27,975 temporary and 1,511 permanent. Compared to the same period in 2012 decreased by 3.5%, when 30,305 permits were issued. The balance was released on Wednesday (14) by the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
Authorizations were granted mostly to men (26,792), and 2,694 women concessions issued for work in Brazil.
Of the total, 27,975 permits are temporary, being 11,725 ​​with 90 days; 5611 with a term of up to one year, 2,678 for up to two years, with an employment contract in Brazil and 7,961 with a term of up to two years without an employment contract in Brazil.
Permits permanent concessions totaled 1,511, with 574 issued to individual investors, 889 for officers, directors, managers and executives with management powers and similar and 48 for others.
Analysis – The largest temporary permits were granted for work on board the vessel or platform (7766) or for technical assistance, without employment. Abroad as an artist or athlete, were granted 5343 authorizations.
For technical assistance, technical cooperation and technology transfer, without employment, were granted 3,606 permits, employment specialist with 2,622 permits, for foreign seafarer on board the tourist ship operating in Brazilian waters, 1,619 and 637 permits were granted for other professionals.
Furthermore, in 1977 foreigners had extended their stay in the country and 664 others had their temporary visas transformed into permanent.
The Americans were foreigners that received temporary authorization to work in the country (3,947), followed by the British (2278) and Filipino (2,056). For Germans were granted 1,598 visas, while for the Indians, 1377. 
Sao Paulo (10.705), Rio de Janeiro (10,699), Spirit (1395) and Rio Grande do Sul (934) were the most popular destinations for temporary foreign workers in 2013.
In terms of schooling, the total of 27,975 permits issued this year, 15,049 were for workers with a college degree, 11,866 for workers with high school education, 888 for workers with a Masters / PhD. 
CNIg – The National Immigration Council (CNIg), the agency responsible for immigration policy in the country, 1,490 permits granted in the semester, and 1,124 for males and 366 for females. Of the total, 1,258 visas were issued to permanent and 232 temporary workers.
Such authorizations, most were granted to Haitians (872), followed by French (95) Portuguese (47) Italian (43) and Spanish (37). Last year, there were 2311 grants Council Haitians to work in the country. In an analysis by category, 953 were to work in a humanitarian residence, 285 abroad in stable with Brazil and 252 other categories.
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Work Authorization for Foreigners in Brazil


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To hire a foreigner in Brazil, the company or private person must apply for the work authorization for foreigners in a special organization of the Ministry of Work and Employment. This article informs how the authorization can be acquired and which documents are requested during this process.

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BLOG: A Brazilian Operating in This Area


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Top 10 most unbelievable things Brazilian politicians do


Blogger’s Disclaimer:

Disclaimer: this is NOT a post to say Brazil is the most corrupted nation on Earth. We are not that important. If that is the reason you’ve come here you will be disappointed. Corruption is a global issue and I believe cracking down on those who pay kickbacks is just as essential. Not all of those are Brazilians, are they?

** A good Blog to follow to better understand how the Brazilian political culture functions (or doesn’t functions).

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