After days of chasing paperwork and getting signatures from everyone who knows me in Brazil, I’ve finally got it. The stamp in my passport that says I am allowed to stay here in São Paulo indefinitely.
I still don’t have my ID card – it could take months for that to arrive – but the confirmation that I have the right to remain is great news. It means I can get my CPF now, which I applied for this morning (it’s a bit like a National Insurance number), and once that arrives I can do pretty much anything a regular citizen here can do.
That’s important, because at the moment I don’t have a local bank account, health insurance, credit card, and I have not yet formally started my new company here. All these things required me to be able to prove that I am now resident in Brazil. So after spending ages chasing one set of paperwork, I’m about to start filling in a lot more… only this time the pressure is off.