Portugal eases visa rules to tackle labor shortage


Socialist Party (PS) Deputy General Secretary Ana Catarina Mendes celebrates the result of the general election in Lisbon, Portugal October 6, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

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LISBON, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Portugal said on Thursday it would speed up the granting of visas to citizens of other Portuguese-speaking countries, including Angola and Brazil, as it seeks to tackle labor shortages -work.

The other countries of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) are East Timor, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe.

Immigrants from these countries must obtain a visa if they plan to stay in Portugal for more than 90 days and often have to wait several months for visa approval.

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From now on, entry visas to Portugal for citizens of any CPLP member state “must be immediately granted by the consular services, except in the case of an expulsion order or a ban on entering the country. Schengen area,” said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ana Catarina Mendes. Report.

“It (the decree) is absolutely fundamental in organizing regular and orderly immigration flows…it allows us to meet urgent human resource needs and helps revitalize our economy,” she told reporters. journalists.

The Schengen area refers to 26 European countries that have abolished the passport requirement to cross each other’s borders.

Portugal would also create a new type of visa to allow any foreigner to enter the country for 120 days, extendable for another 60 days, without any quota, Catarina Mendes said.

Portugal’s unemployment rate is 5.7%, close to a record high.

Employers’ confederations have called for a streamlining of immigration rules, pointing to an economic situation close to full employment, with no workers available in key sectors such as hospitality, agriculture and construction.

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Reporting by Sergio Goncalves; Editing by Susan Fenton

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