Portugal: the new visa regime allows a stay of 60 additional days for job seekers
The new visa regime that allows migrants to seek work in Portugal has entered into force, and now these workers are allowed to stay in the country for 120 days, with the possibility of being extended for another 60 days compared to the previous guidelines.
According to Portuguese media, the new changes for the entry, stay, departure and expulsion of foreign citizens from the country aim to establish a migration procedure that will attract regulated and integrated migration, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
In addition, the legal regime intends to modify the way in which the public administration treats immigrant workers and guarantees the conditions for their integration.
The new measures include the establishment of a time-limited visa that allows the legal entry of immigrants seeking employment in Portugal.
This visa, granted to migrants who wish to work in Portugal, can be extended for an additional 60 days after the 120-day mark, which is granted by the Portuguese consular posts which communicate their decision to the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) and to the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP).
In addition, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CLP) will be able to benefit from a visa facilitation regime in Portugal
Citizens coming from the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) will also benefit from a visa facilitation regime in Portugal under the agreement signed by CPLP member states, which include Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé.
According to the new law, there will no longer be a quota regime on immigration, which facilitates the process of obtaining a residence visa for international students attending higher education in Portugal and allows nomads to obtain a residence or temporary stay visa.
Despite a positive assessment of the summer season, the tourism sector in Portugal has been strongly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The war in Ukraine has also had an impact on the country’s economy and tourism, as it has on all of Europe.
The Conseran company, owned by Jose Freitas, is looking for workers because 130 needed jobs remain vacant and, as the owner pointed out, he must recruit foreigners to fill these jobs.
“Conseran – Conservas do Atlântico Norte is investing around 15 million euros in the construction of a new processing plant for tuna, but also other species such as mackerel and squid, but it is having difficulty securing the workforce. necessary to work at cruising speed,” José Freitas also added.
Like Conseran, there is a strong demand for workers in the country, which can be met by regular migration, as migrants seek jobs here and settle in the conditions that Portuguese society offers.