In order to tackle labor shortages in several sectors, Portugal has changed its immigration laws. The Aliens Act was amended to address labor and labor shortages in sectors such as construction and tourism.
The changes to the laws were approved by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to facilitate the recruitment of foreign workers.
According to SchengenVisaInfo, the new laws were passed by parliament in July and officially entered into force on August 4.
The new law provides for a 120-day temporary visa, which can be extended to 60 days for foreigners seeking to work in Portugal. The new laws also provide for digital nomads, who will have to follow the necessary formalities to obtain a visa.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ana Catarina Mendes said the country needs immigrants because of its demographics, economy and culture.
Not only will the change in laws benefit the country, but it will also help foreigners seeking to work outside their country. Additionally, the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries also sought to simplify the immigration process to facilitate the movement of workers and students between member states.
Portugal has also recently amended its law on the recognition of foreign driving licenses. People holding a driving license issued by a member state of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) can drive in Portugal.
Similarly, Spain has also eased its work permits for foreigners by adopting new measures for its immigration regulations. It has reduced work permit application requirements to simplify the process.
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