Brazil to grant humanitarian visas to Ukrainian refugees

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President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) signed an executive order on Thursday (3) allowing Ukrainian citizens and stateless persons displaced by the war in Ukraine to live and work in Brazil on humanitarian visas.

Applicants must obtain a 180-day temporary visa within 90 days of arrival, which will be eligible for extension to a temporary residence visa for up to two years, after which applicants will be able to apply for permanent residence.

Applicants have until August 31 to apply for visas, the order states.

Brazil’s “neutral” position: Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Bolsonaro has avoided condemning or sanctioning Russia, saying that Brazil was adopting a “neutral” stance.

He argued that the sanctions would also affect the Brazilian economy, noting that the country’s agriculture depends on Russian fertilizers.

During a weekly live broadcast on social media on Thursday, Bolsonaro said: “Brazil remains in a balanced position and we do not have the capacity to solve this problem.”

Source: CNN Brasil

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