Portugal – Implementation of New Administrative Procedures

What has changed

Effective October 1, 2018, the Portuguese Foreign Affairs Ministry implemented a new online visa information portal and new administrative procedures. These are designed to simplify the immigration process and reduce waiting times for foreigners working and residing in Portugal. The new administrative procedures introduced through Decree-Law No. 9/2018 to the Portuguese immigration law on September 11, 2018 are aimed specifically for groups including ICT or transfers within the same company, seasonal work, residence permit procedures for certain groups of applicants, and other types of visas and permits.

Major Changes to Immigration Procedures:

  • Adoption of Short Stay (of up to 90 days) and Temporary Stay visas (of more than 90 days) for seasonal work. These visas can be requested online, and appointments are required for biometric data collection.
  • University Student visas for CPLP nationals (Portuguese-speaking countries) may also request their visas online.
  • Upon receiving the consular visa, applicants can set a date to request a residence permit from the SEF in Portugal. Appointments can be scheduled at any time during the visa validity period.
  • Applicants may request proof of their visa application at the respective consulate. Proof will be stamped in the passport along with type of visa, name of consulate, and date of submission.
  • Exemption of the highly qualified work certificate from the visa application. (However, it is strongly encouraged to include this document, especially in the case of IT professionals to accelerate and strengthen their application).
  • Local work visas may be revoked for up to one (1) year excluding particular situations such as seasonal work. Under new conditions, including local work, residence permits may be requested with visa exemption.
  • Residence permit concession requests and residence visa renewals can be lodged online (e-balcao). Appointments are required for permit collection; biometric data and original documents may be requested.
  • Residence permit procedures for researchers, university students, trainees, and voluntary work placements will be impacted.

Who is affected

Clients employing assignees on ICT (new hires or current employees) and those that employ applicants on any of the permit categories mentioned above may be impacted.

What you need to do

Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.