Portugal relaxes visa rules for Portuguese-speaking countries due to worker shortages

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It will now be easier for citizens of eight Portuguese-speaking countries to settle in Portugal, as the country has simplified visa rules for them in a bid to tackle labor shortages in several key sectors services such as administrative services, information and communication technologies (ICT), accommodation service, construction, health and social services, etc.

In a meeting held on Thursday, September 1, the Council of Ministers of Portugal decided to modify the law that defines the procedures and conditions for the entry, stay, departure and removal of foreigners from the national territory of Portugal for citizens of the Portuguese-speaking countries of Angola, Brazil, East Timor, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

The amendments approved today promote mobility and free movement within the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), enabling the implementation of the agreement on mobility between CPLP member states“, announced the government in a press release regarding the decision.

He further explains that thanks to the facilitated measures, nationals of CPLP countries will be granted preliminary visa applications and will be exempted from the obligation to appear for an interview at the Portuguese Embassy in their country of residence.

In addition, they will also be exempted from the requirement to submit the following documents when applying for a visa:

  • Valid travel insurance, covering necessary expenses for medical reasons, including urgent medical assistance and possible repatriation
  • Proof of sufficient means of subsistence
  • Copy of the return ticket, except when a residence visa is requested

According to the government, the changes aim to help tackle the labor shortage in the country in order to revitalize the economy by promoting regular, safe and orderly migration routes.

It (the decree) is absolutely fundamental in organizing regular and orderly flows of immigration…it allows us to meet urgent human resource needs and helps revitalize our economyParliamentary Affairs Minister Ana Catarina Mendes told reporters during the Council of Ministers meeting.

She also said that from now on, entry visas to Portugal for citizens of any CPLP member state should be immediately granted by the consular services, except in the case of an expulsion or ban order. to enter the Schengen area.

In early August, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that Portugal had changed its Aliens Law to make it easier to immigrate to the country. The amended law established a new 120-day temporary visa, which can be extended for another 60 days for foreigners seeking work in Portugal.

Eurostat data shows that in July Portugal had an unemployment rate of 5.9%, close to a record high, while its only land neighbour, Spain, has an employment rate as high as high as 12.6%, which also makes it the EU country. with the highest unemployment rate. The Czech Republic and Poland have the lowest unemployment rates in the EU, at just 2.3% and 2.6%, respectively.

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