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Individuals providing services, may it be industry, commerce, agriculture, livestock or domestic in nature, needs to obtain a document called Carteira de Trabalho e PrevidĂȘncia Social (CTPS).

The issuance of the Employment and Social Security - CTPS for foreigners legally staying in Brazil will be held at the headquarters of the Regional Labour and Employment.

For foreign workers applying for the first time, the MTE will also make your registration in the PIS / PASEP.

Following are procedures on how to apply for employment and social security (CTPS) for foreigners.


This document may be requested by foreigners under the following conditions:

  • asylum and permanent
  • border
  • refugee with or without Identity Card Abroad
  • artists or sportsmen
  • scientists, technicians, teachers or other professionals category under the contract system for the Brazilian government.

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To apply, individuals must go to the Regional Labor and Employment (SRTE), substation work or service stations.

Required Information

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


  • Go to the Regional Superintendent of Labor and Employment, substation work or service station to apply. To view locations
  • CTPS will be issued upon submission of all the required documents.

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Required Documents

  • Two (2) recent 3x4 photos (colored, white background, with or without date)
  • Proof of residence

Original and Copy of the document

For documents required in specific cases:


  • This procedure is free.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use

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Sample Documents

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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

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Ministries Esplanade

Block F - CEP: 70056-900

BrasĂ­lia - DF Phone: (61) 2031-6000

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 18:00

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links

  • Carteira de Trabalho e PrevidĂȘncia Social - CTPS:


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