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Brazilian Regularisation Law No. 11.961, 2009

  • Responsible Organisations: Government of Brazil (Government)
  • ILO Regions: Americas
  • Country(ies): Brazil
  • Thematic areas: Protection
  • MLFLM: 8.; 9.(a),(b),(c); 11.


The Regularisation Law 11.961 'on temporary residence for foreign nationals in irregular status in the national territory and other provisions', was approved by the Brazilian National Congress in 2009. The Law allowed foreign nationals in irregular status that entered Brazil before February 1st 2009 to obtain temporary residence with the possibility of gaining permanent residence in the future. The application period was from July 3rd to December 31st 2009, and temporary residence was granted for two years. According to the Federal Police, 42,400 foreigners benefited from this initiative. The law was the result of an extensive dialogue process between the most significant Brazilian migration stakeholders, including trade unions, employers' confederations and the Brazilian Government in partnership with migrant organisations. To ensure the effectiveness of the regularisation, the Government, together with civil society, launched a public awareness campaign. A leaflet was prepared with the requirements for regularisation.


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