Portugal paces up issuance of visas to attract workers from outside to fulfill labour shortage

Europe: Portugal is getting into high gear with the issuance of immigrant visas for foreign workers, members of Portuguese, speaking nations, university students and digital nomads to help face the labour shortage as well as revive the economy.

The minister for parliamentary affairs, Ana Catarina Mendes, mentioned on Wednesday that a new type of visa had been created, the work-seeker visa, which allows the entry into Portuguese territory of foreign nationals looking to work for about 180 days.

However, Mendes mentioned in the statement, “This diploma foresees the removal of bureaucratic barriers that prevented visas from being given quickly. New visas will be created, namely, visas for seeking work, quotas for those seeking work will be eliminated, and therefore it will be easier to find work opportunities in Portugal.”

“No tax incentive is foreseen.”

The simpliest way to get a work visa for Portugal is to get a job offer from a Portuguese employer. The manager will submit your job offer to Portuguese authorities, and they will start the visa process. You then complete a visa application in your local consulate.

The digital nomads will be granted a residence or temporary stay visa, and British citizens, through access to biometric data, now have access to all the rights “that every citizen here has” despite Brexit, the minister added to the statement.

Along with this, Portugal has been facing labour shortages, especially in hospitality and tourism, one of the major of the economy, but the minister declined to say how many people were expected to apply for the visas.

Furthermore, the ruling Socialists have a majority in parliament, meaning the bill should be quickly approved.

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