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My Experience of Moving to Brazil

Welcome to the Brazil Cafe!

I'm so glad that you have stopped by, and encourage you to take a look around and participate in our blossoming group.

Just to warm things up, I'm offering an article I wrote on the transition process of moving to a new country, based on my recent move to Brazil, titled "From Do to Be". It is a little longer than a coffee break, but a good read about Brazil from a foreigner's perspective, if you have never been there. You can find the article below for free, so please take a moment to download it and read at your convenience. Your comments are always appreciated!

I look forward to having the opportunity to speak with each of you as we develop the Brazil Cafe into a very special place to be.

Abraços (Hugs)
Andrea

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Steph.Gervais's picture

Hi Andrea! I really enjoyed

Hi Andrea!

I really enjoyed reading your article. I am American, and am moving to Rio de Janeiro in February to live with my Brazilian fiancé. We plan on marrying and living there. I lived in Rio for six months, and have been in the states now for a few, waiting out my visa terms. I love reading other foreigners' stories, particularly when I can see that they have overcome similar things - the whole marriage and visa process in Brazil is very daunting, so it warms my heart to see successful couples. Did you get married in Brazil? Do you now have residency or citizenship status? I just registered on World Pulse, so I'm trying to explore Brazilian pages.

I loved reading your story...

um ambraço,

Stephanie

andreavilela's picture

Hi Stephanie, Thanks for your

Hi Stephanie,

Thanks for your comment! I'm glad you liked the article and I hope it helped a little.

I married my Brazilian husband in the US (Los Angeles) and we had our first child there, before moving to Brazil when our daughter was 7 months old.

The process of getting a visa through marriage is a long one, indeed. Nothing that entails paper passing between different people in the government goes very quickly here! I didn't get my permanent visa through my husband--ironically enough, it came through my daughter, who is Brazilian by default, even though she was born in the US. The laws for keeping mother and child together make it a faster process in the end, something we found out only by trial and error once we started the process. I am not a Brazilian citizen yet. Eventually I will have to look into that but there is no rush...my husband and children are citizens and I am able to work as a regular citizen, so I have no immediate need for citizenship.

Do you speak Portuguese btw?

I love Rio and we are considering relocating there in the next while, so we should definitely keep in touch!

Abraços,
Andrea

Andrea Vilela Araujo, MA

Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Therapist
Http://facebook.com/AVATransitionalTherapy
http://endtheabusebrazil.blogspot.com.br

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Steph.Gervais's picture

Olá Andrea! Vou trainar o meu

Olá Andrea!

Vou trainar o meu Português com você! Apprendi quando estava no Rio, e adoro a lingua, adoro todo sobre o Brasil! Agora eu tenho muito saudade de falar. Me apaixionei pela cidade e pelo Rio antes de me apaixionei pelo meu marido. Nunca senti tão feliz, e tão em casa na vida do que quando estava no Rio. Eu não imagino eu e meu marido morando aqui. Eu acho que o Brasil será um lugar importante para a gente deselvolver nossa vida. Admiro muito a ligação forte que ele tem com a terra onde ele mora, uma coisa que eu nunca tive.

O meu desafio agora é o processo de visto. Fico muito anciosa sobre todo isso apenas por que quero começar a minha vida ai, e não sei se eu auguentaria uma autra despedida. É interessante que você consegui o seu visto através da sua filha em lugar do seu marido.

Obrigada pela inspração da sua historia!

Então, vamos manter o contato!

Abraços,

Stephanie

andreavilela's picture

Ta bom querida! Meu email é

Ta bom querida!

Gostaria de receber mais noticias sobre o processo de visto...boa sorte!!

Beijo,
Andrea

Andrea Vilela Araujo, MA

Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Therapist
Http://facebook.com/AVATransitionalTherapy
http://endtheabusebrazil.blogspot.com.br

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