The Portuguese government has announced plans to open its borders and loosen its visa rules in order to address labour shortages, as well as to smooth the process for families and students keen to relocate.
Outlining the proposals, Ana Catarina Mendes, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, also announced an end to “anachronistic” quotas on immigration from outside the EU, an extension of working visas from 120 to 180 days, and access to residence visas for remote workers.
Other changes are aimed at boosting the number of overseas students in Portugal’s higher education system. Prospective students will no longer need to apply for a visa, provided they have been offered and accepted a place at a recognised institution.
Reform of the family visa system is also on the agenda, according to Ms Mendes, with individuals no longer required to have their own immigration status settled before being able to invite relations to join them in Portugal.
In addition, Moroccan citizens with an employment contract and individuals from Community of Portuguese Language countries will benefit from simplified visa procedures, while public agencies will be able to issue UK citizens with residency cards.