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To give birth to a child and stay in the country: how Russians live in Brazil

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The Russians Natalia Shalygina and Yaroslav Vlasov have a bizarre political and geographical fate. They left Russia for Ukraine, and from there - to Brazil, for the sake of their son. The family has been living in Florianopolis, the capital of the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil for three years.

The “Observer” asked Natalia about why the spouses chose this particular country for emigration with its hot, humid climate, which seemed rather dysfunctional and in some places even dangerous. ForumDaily publishes the text with the permission of the publisher.

Next - from the first person.

Moving history

We have already left country for country once: in 2007 we moved to live in Kiev from Moscow. Not living in Russia is our old goal. My husband was offered a good job in one of the Ukrainian media holdings, and we took this chance to say goodbye to Russia.

In total, we lived in Kiev for almost 7 years. It is not known how long they would have lived if not for the providence. In 2013, we learned that we will have a child, and we are faced with a fact: if a child is born in Ukraine, he can only be a Russian citizen.

Such a prospect did not suit us. Understand that if they themselves do not have much chance of getting rid of Russian passports, then the child should definitely have a choice. Then the idea arose to give birth in the country where the so-called principle of citizenship by soil operates (unlike in Ukraine and Russia, where the origin of parents is important).

Brazil, as an option, did not arise by chance. This country is a longtime love of her husband. He always wanted to go and live there. I learned the Portuguese language myself. And by the time of our departure had already been there twice. I also visited Brazil in 2011. And she had some idea of ​​the country.

Anyone born in Brazil will automatically become a Brazilian citizen. And unlike, for example, the United States, the parents of a born Brazilian citizen have the right not only to stay in the country, since they are the guardians of a minor citizen, but can also apply for a residence permit - "permanent".

So there was a plan - to fly to give birth and apply for a residence permit.

We were lucky because on one of the forums dedicated to Brazil, the husband met an American who went through the same procedure with his wife - to give birth in Brazil and get a residence permit. He helped us a lot with advice, recommendations and some contacts.

Masonic Lodge Florianópolis

Because of him, the city for departure was chosen - Florianopolis, the capital of the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. Themselves would hardly have gone there. We would have chosen the north-east of the country, where the climate is better, and we are already familiar with something (previous trips were there).

It was scary, of course. But ... bought tickets and flew. Grabbing two suitcases and our dog. We were afraid to think ahead, so we didn’t carry any special documents with us, but in vain.

Required documents

Given that the mother's name is an essential identifier in Brazil, adults need to be in possession of a document stating that name. For Ukrainians, this is a birth certificate, appropriately legalized and translated into Portuguese. There is almost nowhere without this document.

But we are very lucky. When registering a child with us, such a document was not demanded, but they wrote down the names of our parents with our words (which, by the way, characterizes Brazil as a country where everything depends on a particular official in a particular place).

In addition to the legalized birth certificate, you must also have a marriage certificate, if any, also legalized. And, of course, passports, without which it is impossible to fly abroad.

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