The Giving Birth in Brazil Series: A-Z on Having a Baby in Brazil

In this series, I am going to lay out exactly from A-Z, how you as a foreigner can have a baby in Brazil.

I mean everything: entering the country pregnant, health insurance, hospitals, doctors, best birthing cities, housing, costs, visas, risks, benefits, the birthing process, after birth must-know information, citizenship for the baby, health coverage for the baby and more.

If you are considering having a baby in Brazil, then this series is a must read.

As many have read about in the ‘about me‘ section of this website, I met my wife in Brazil but she isn’t Brazilian.  This meant that immigration and permanent residence would be a bit trickier for us.

Due to our love affair with the country, we were determined to find an easy and permanent solution to our problem.

You know the old saying “where there is a will, there is a way”?  This couldn’t be truer for us.

So what do you do when you both are foreigners wanting to live in Brazil and planning on having a child anyway? You have that baby in Brazil!

Why Have a Baby in Brazil?

BAM: instant citizenship for the child and permanent visas for the Brazilian child’s parents!

Yep, we had a Brazilian anchor baby and I’m not ashamed to say it.

But the truth is that due to all of the difficult immigration laws and hideous bureaucracy, it can be tough to get the right kind of visa (although it’s not impossible, see this post).

So our method was to go around the immigration rules and follow right off the nationality law – one law to rule them all!

I kind of turned into a bit of a hobby lawyer in researching all of this as there wasn’t too much info out there.

In the law, it states that any person being foreign or of Brazilian decent, obtains citizenship at birth.

And since it would be a violation of human rights to expel a Brazilian child’s parents due to their nationality, they are allowed to stay irrespective of their criminal background, visa status or nationality.

It is also one of the only ways to change visa status while in Brazil – you can come on a tourist visa, give birth and just stay…

More Benefits of Having a Baby in Brazil

If none of the above is good enough for you, then just think about the future opportunities you would give your child by it being a Brazilian citizen – and yes, Brazil allows dual citizenship.

Seriously though, while Brazil may be in recession at the moment, the country still has lots of opportunities to offer and is still very much on the rise in the long term – it would be a bit foolish not to get onto the bandwagon. And in 18 years or so when your child is an adult, think about where Brazil will be by then!

Oh and don’t forget Mercosur (the Southern Common Market), they are aiming to join the countries of South American so that there is free passage and open borders – opportunities galore for the lucky holders of the magical green Brazilian Passport.

Did I mention that you can become a citizen by being a parent of a Brazilian child within 1 year?

As a foreigner, there are a lot of restrictions on property, business ownership and even voting, although with citizenship, all restrictions are lifted. You too can easily obtain the otherwise difficult-to-get Brazilian citizenship and experience the benefits. 

There are a lot more pluses to throw your way about giving birth in Brazil, so for the sake of time, I’ll get to the point: 

Giving birth in Brazil can be overwhelming and nerve-wracking if you don’t have the right guidance and support along the way.

And if anyone knows this well, it’s me…

I had to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together alone and I don’t want you to have to do the same.

So here is my gift to you: a complete guide on how to avoid mistakes I made and be able to give birth stress free and with peace of mind.

Over the last few years, this guide has helped many people navigate their way through the tricky world of Brazilian bureaucracy on their own – these families are now living happy and successful lives in Brazil. I’m currently in the process of updating it, so that it can continue to do this for years to come.

However, if you reach the end of this guide and you feel like you’d like some hands-on help, please complete this enquiry form and I’ll get back to you with a package that’s tailored to suit your needs. With the help of my team, I offer a range of services at reasonable prices that will take the stress and confusion out of your move, leaving you to focus on the important things, like giving birth and planning your family’s new and exciting future in Brazil!

I hope you enjoy this series and make sure and share this page with anyone who could benefit from it.

Cheers – valeu!

(Page last updated September 2015)

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  • THere should be a way readers can subscribe so that when the other parts of the story is published we get it in the mail or somehow get it.

  • Hi Kevin, I just heard from an expat lady who lived here in Brazil for the past 3 years and she said that a mother gets residency right away bases on a baby born in Brazil but it is more complicated for a father. Can you comment on this?

    • Hey Marina

      According to my knowledge, it shouldn’t be any more difficult than the mother. Afterall, the father’s name is on the same birth certificate as well – maybe they make it more difficult in some areas?

    • Hey Marina

      According to my knowledge, it shouldn’t be any more difficult than the mother. Afterall, the father’s name is on the same birth certificate as well – maybe they make it more difficult in some areas?

    • I've got my residency when my baby was born, well it took a while because of all the bureaucracy and paperwork buy it is the same thing for both of you, no difference.

    • That is the way it worked for us. My wife’s pregnancy was partially spent in Brazil and California. I was working in CA. but toward the end of the 8th month I went back to Brazil, she gave birth and I was there to sign all the documentations. THEN for the child to become a USA citizen as well you must apply thru the Consulado in RJ and wait for the child’s American Birth certificate to arrive, which takes about 3-4 weeks.

  • Hi Kevin,

    How many weeks was your wife/partner pregnant when you passed through the customs or federal police. I am just curious to know how obvious her pregnancy was?

  • Hi Kevin,

    My husband and I are moving to Brazil with our daughter this January and I am actually pregnant expecting in May. We are going to work with an NGO to combat sex trafficking. We have purchased a one way ticket down there but are having trouble obtaining a visa because you need to have a round trip ticket. Do you recommend we call the embassy down there and explain the situation, pregnancy and all, or would that make things worse. Do we just need to bite the bullet and purchase a roundtrip ticket that we will not use? Would love to hear your opinion on this.



  • Hello! Friend, I’m an Indian national and a legal student here in brazil…. My wife is 7 months pregnant soon to become mom…. So, if we plan to give birth to our first kid over here? Would this make us eligible to apply for the Brazilian Citizenship on the behalf of our Brazil born kid as we are the parent of that kid…. Please do reply for sure…. Thank you…. Jason (Brazilian student visa holder)

  • Most of you are looking to obtain the coveted resident card. Nobody anywhere has address the issue of what in the world do you when the card itself expires! You become “permanent” yes, BUT the card you show to institutions, banks, etc. in Brazil think it is no longer valid. I had my card for 13 years, now shows an expired date in 2013. Any thoughts? It is also said that after age 60, the card needs no validation! Ajuda!

  • My question is this. What if one enters Brazil with the wife and kids, later on have a baby born in Brazil, will that help their other kids to obtain a resident in Brazil?
    Thanks and hoping to hoping to hear from you soon.

  • Hi,
    I can’t say enough how much I am thankful to you. Because of your posts I was able to reach an English speeking doctor in Sao Paulo and give a natural birth to my baby Juliana.
    So now me and my husband and two kids are all permanent residents of Brazil.
    My sons are both under five year old and I was wondering if you have any idea how can they apply for citizenship?
    What are the requirements?

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