Portugal Eases Visa Rules To Combat Labour Shortage

Portugal Eases Visa Rules To Combat Labour Shortage

Portugal announced on 01 September that it would b to citizens of other Portuguese-speaking countries.

Citizens of Portuguese-speaking countries will now have it easier to move to Portugal as the country has facilitated visa rules for them in a bid to tackle labour shortage.

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

According to reports, visas to enter Portugal for citizens of any CPLP member state “must be immediately granted by the consular services, unless there is an expulsion order or a ban to enter the Schengen Area”, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ana Catarina Mendes told a news briefing.

“It (the decree) is absolutely fundamental in the organisation of regular and orderly flows of immigration…it allows us to respond to the urgent needs of human resources and helps to revitalise our economy,” she told reporters.

It has been reported that through the facilitated measures, nationals of CPLP countries will be granted preliminary visa applications and the same will be exempted from the obligation to show up for an interview at the Portuguese embassy in their country of residence.

In addition, they will also be exempt from the obligation to present the following documents while applying for a visa:

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

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