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Waiting for permanent residence status (Rio de Janeiro)

Dear all,

I arrived in Brasil as a tourist and meet the criteria (married to a Baslieira) and have all documentation to apply for a "permanent residence" while in Brasil. However, I understand it can take up to 2 years to arrive?

What status will I have in Brasil during this application period? Will I be able to work in Brasil during this time?

I can wait if I can work here but if not, I may have to pop back to the UK and apply from there which apparently takes only 3 months.

thanks in advance, Kevin