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International Agreements on Social Security are within the Brazilian foreign policy, which is carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (www.mre.gov.br). The agreements are a result from the efforts made by the Ministry of Social Security (www.previdencia.gov.br) and diplomatic agreements between governments.

The reasons why the Brazilian government has signed the International Agreements with other countries meet at least one of the following situations:

  • high volume in foreign trade;
  • substantial foreign investments in Brazil;
  • intense migratory flow in the past;
  • special friendship relations.

The main objective of International Agreements is to guarantee social security rights to workers, legal dependents and to those living or visiting the country, in accordance with the legislation of both countries.

International Agreements on Social Security guarantee the rendering of social benefits services, although it does not imply a modification of the current legislation in the country. Thus, each party of Contracted State is supposed to analyze the presented benefits requests and to decide the rights and conditions, according to each country’s applicable legislation.

Brazil has the following Multilateral Agreements:

  • IBERO-AMERICAN (Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, Spain, Paraguay and Portugal) – updated in March, 2011 – entry into force: May/2011)

 

  • MERCOSUR (Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay):

    
Regarding the Bilateral Agreements, Brazil has Social Security Agreements with the following countries:

  • CAPE VERDE
  • CHILE
  • GREECE
  • ITALY
  • LUXEMBOURG
  • PORTUGAL
  • SPAIN
Recently, Brazil signed three Bilateral Agreements. They are in ratification process by the National Congress:

  • BELGIUM
  • GERMANY
  • JAPAN


Competent Authority in Brazil

The Minister of Social Security.
In the Ministry of Social Security, the International Advisory of the Executive Secretariat is responsible for the celebration/negotiation of the International Agreements and for follow up and evaluation of their operation.

 

Assessoria de Assuntos Internacionais/SE/MPS
Esplanada dos Ministérios, bloco F – sala 640
Brasília/DF – CEP: 70.059-905
Fones: (61) 2021-5179
Fax: (61) 2021-5892


Administration Agency

It is the Competent Institution conceding the benefits under the Agreements. In Brazil the Administration Agency it is the National Institute of Social Security (INSS) that operates the Agreements through the Liaison Agencies, after the formation of the processes by the specific State areas.

Beneficiaries of the International Agreements

The worker and their dependents are beneficiaries in the International Agreements subjected to the Regime of Social Security provided, concerning each Agreement.

Services Included in the International Agreements

The Agreements on Social Security are applied to the benefits specified in each Agreement in the following situations:

  • Disability to work ( permanent or temporary);
  • Work accident or professional disease;
  • Period of contribution;
  • Old age;
  • Death;
  • Professional rehabilitation;

Certificate of Temporary Detachment and Exemption of Contribution

To the worker/self-employed will be provided the Certificate of Temporary Detachment, in order to exempt the contribution of the insured person in the Accordant Country where he/she will work, so the person can stay with the Brazilian Social Insurance.  The request shall be done by the employee/self-employed in a Social Security Agency as the interested person prefers.

Observation: Only in the Agreements Brazil/Spain and Brazil/Greece it is foreseen the Temporary Detachment to self-employed persons.

The worker (beneficiary) must carry a copy of his/hers Certificate of Detachment. The period of detachment can be extended according to the terms and conditions arranged in each Agreement.

OBS.: The benefit request, including the other Country’s benefit legislation shall be made into a protocol in the Administration Agency of the country the interested person is residing.

In Brazil, the requests can be formalized in Social Security Agencies chosen by the interested person. Later, the Agency shall send the process to the corresponding Liaison Agency.

Transferring Benefits to Foreign Countries

The solicitation to transfer benefits, granted by the Brazilian legislation, may be requested by the beneficiary exclusively to Portugal, Spain and Greece. In this case, the worker must request, before moving or taking a long trip, the transfer to a Social Security Agency (Agência da Previdência Social – APS), where the benefit is held.

When the worker (beneficiary) returns to Brazil, he/she must inform his/her new address to the nearest APS.

These procedures must be followed in order to avoid the suspension of the beneficiary’s payments.

Liaison Agencies in Brazil

Liaison Agencies are designated by the authorities responsible for the Bilateral Agreements on Social Security to communicate to each other and to guarantee the performance of the requests that are formulated under the Agreements, as well as clarify questions the workers/beneficiaries might have.

With the Resolution number 130 of 30 December 2010, each Agreement on Social Security is in only one Liaison Agency, as showed below: 

Agreement with Liaison Agency Telephone
Portugal & Cabo Verde

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Gerência São Paulo Sul
APS Vila Mariana

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(11) 3503- 3607/3608

Spain

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Gerência Rio de Janeiro Centro
APS  Almirante Barroso

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(21) 2272-3515/3438

Italy

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Gerência Belo Horizonte
APS  Santa Efigênia

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(31) 3249-4227/4228

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MERCOSUL:Argentina, Paraguai e Ururguai

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Gerência  Florianópolis
APS Florianópolis Centro

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(48) 3298-8125

Chile

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Gerência  Recife
APS Santo Antônio

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(81) 3412-5576/5492

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Greece &
Luxembourg

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Gerência   Distrito Federal
APS Brasília Sul

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(61) 3319-2504/2588

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