Portugal this Thursday (21) approved a legal package for immigrants that facilitates the grant of work visas to citizens of Brazil and other countries that belong to the CPLP (Community of Portuguese-speaking countries).
The CPLP is made up of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, So Tomé and Principe and Timor-Leste.
This measure creates a new type of visa aimed at people from the CPLP seeking employment in a European country. The document allows foreigners to stay in Portugal for 120 days, with the right to an extension of 60 days to obtain a work contract.
During the visa period, the professional can apply for an Accommodation Permit (AR) to regularize the accommodation, if rented out.
To obtain the document, the citizen may not have a criminal record and must have a return stamp to the country of origin, as the visa is temporary.
Visa applicants must also prove a minimum income, the value of which has not been defined and will be disclosed in an ordinance, not yet published.
If an employment contract is not signed within the established period, the rule states that CPLP foreigners must leave Portugal and may request a new application for a specific visa one year after the expiration of the previous document.
The bill belongs to the Socialist Party and was approved by the Council of Ministers of the Portuguese Parliament. The text goes to President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa for approval.
Upon approval, it takes effect after it is published in the Portuguese Official Gazette. Once the visa modality is already in place, Brazilians will be able to apply for it at the Portuguese Consulate in Brazil.
The measure also provides for the creation of visas for immigrants who are digital nomads and work remotely in Portugal in other countries, valid for professionals. freelancer and employees of foreign companies.
Within the new rules package, CPLP foreigners will have easy access to the Tax Identification Number, which works like a CPF; and registration in Social Security and the National Health System.
According to the newspaper “Diario de Noticias”, the new procedures seek to attract immigrants in a regulated and integrated way for the development of the country. Portugal is facing manpower shortage especially in the service and tourism sectors.