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SÃO PAULO – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, FC Barcelona and major sporting figures, including Brazilian forward Neymar, have lent their support to Brazilian footballer Dani Alves after a racist act at a match between Barcelona and Villarreal in Spain.

A spectator threw a banana at Alves during a Spanish Championship match, but the Barcelona defender, who also plays for the Brazilian national side, took onlookers aback by picking up the fruit and taking a bite in defiance.

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The Brazilian government has announced that the application process for work visas to Brazil has been simplified significantly in response to demands from industry, calling for more qualified overseas workers to fill gaps in the Brazilian labour market.

Brazilian visa. Photo by Ben Tavener.

The process for applying for a work visa to Brazil should now be quicker and require fewer documents. Photo by Ben Tavener.

The government says it hopes that regular work visas, which currently take around three months to be issued, will take just 30 days.

The new rules, published under Normative Resolution (RN) 104, aim to speed up the process by requiring fewer documents and allowing documents to be sent online.

Industry and foreign workers have long complained that the process for granting a work visa was too long and overly complicated, requiring some fifteen documents and sometimes a number of visits to the Consulate; just three documents will now be required.

The government admits the new rules were a direct response to demands by industry, which struggles with Brazil’s lack of specifically qualified workers – particularly engineers, oil and gas experts, and systems analysts – to help ready the country host the World Cup and the Olympics.

Two other recent changes in work visas should also prove interesting to companies in Brazil and foreign students:

Resolution RN 100 provides a work visa of up to ninety days to foreign nationals providing technical assistance or technological know-how to Brazilian companies. Applicants go straight to their local Consulate, without the need for a permit from the Ministry for Labour and Employment (MTE).

Resolution RN 103 allows students with a Master’s degree or above to work up to ninety days in Brazil during their vacations. This work still requires MTE authorisation, but is expected to be popular with temporary jobs appearing for highly-qualified professionals for the World Cup and the Olympics.

Despite past concerns that Brazil should not encourage foreigners to work in Brazil but instead focus on improving the quality of homegrown professionals, Brazil’s Minister for Labour and Employment, Manoel Dias, says that boosting worker numbers from abroad would not take jobs from Brazilians.

Read the full article on The Rio Times website.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Photo: Roberto Stuckert Filho/Presidência da República.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Photo: Roberto Stuckert Filho/Presidência da República.

Investing in Brazil’s concession plans, which represent billions of reais of infrastructure contracts, could provide the answer for troubled European economies, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has said during an official trip to Spain.

The state of the European economy and potential business deals were top of Brazil’s agenda on the visit, and other issues, including past immigration issues, were pushed aside.

President Rousseff, who also attended the 22nd Ibero-American Summit in Cádiz, criticized “excessive austerity measures”, making reference to the IMF’s recommendations, and reiterated her belief that only by sustained growth through investment can a country emerge from such an economic crisis, pledging her country’s support:

“Brazil can and must contribute to more economic growth, more options for solving the crisis, because this must be done through growth,” President Rousseff said, speaking alongside Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in the capital, Madrid.

The president used the opportunity to rally other countries to help Europe get itself out of the crisis, and left little doubt as to where she believed Spain should aim this crisis-averting investment.

Rousseff noted favorable conditions for concession projects, including the R$133 billion (US$64 billion) already announced for roads and railways, with more to come for ports and airports, as well as R$30 billion committed to the Rio-São Paulo trem-bala (high-speed train).

Contracts for telecom infrastructure would be available, an area where Spanish telecoms giant Telefónica already has a foothold through Vivo, Brazil’s second largest telecoms company.

Spain’s King Juan Carlos I said he wanted Brazil to “count on Spanish companies” for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, advocating “the possibility of procedures facilitating highly-skilled Spanish workers to stay temporarily [in Brazil]. At the same, we want to encourage Brazilian companies to invest in Spain.”

Read the full article on The Rio Times site.