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streamline of the issuance of visas


The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved on the 15th of June a set of diplomas aimed at smoothing the mobility of workers between states.

Among the adopted measures, we highlight:

  • The streamline of the issuance of visas which, in certain cases, may be carried out without the prior opinion of the Portuguese Immigration and Border Services (SEF);
  • The creation of a new type of visa – visa for job search, which allows foreign citizens searching for a job to enter Portugal, for a period of 120 days, that can be extended for an additional 60 days, in a total of 180 days;
  • The streamline of the issuance of visas for higher-education students.

The issuance of short-term temporary stay visas and residence visas for citizens of CPLP countries (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste) will be facilitated. In addition, citizens from these countries who are already in Portugal will be able to apply for their residence permit here. On the other hand, holders of a temporary stay visa or who have legally entered Portugal can apply for a CPLP residence permit.

Finally, the Council of Ministers addressed the matter of digital nomads, providing for the granting of a temporary stay visa and a residence visa for the exercise of subordinate or independent professional activity to professionals who work remotely outside the Portuguese territory.

These proposals have not yet entered into force. CCA will inform when they begin to be applied.