Government reviewing visa system for foreign citizens

By TPN/Lusa, in News, Economy, Politics · 16-04-2021 01:00:00 · 2 Comments

The government is reviewing the visa system for foreign citizens according to the Minister of Internal Administration.

”The government is reviewing with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the whole visa system, aiming to reduce and simplify the existing visa system in Portugal,” Eduardo Cabrita told members of the Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees committee.

The minister said that the revision of the visa system will include the creation of a new ‘visa to seek work’.

Responding to MEPs from the Left Bloc, Beatriz Gomes Dias and PCP António Filipe, the minister said that 2020 was the year in which “the highest number ever” of residence permit renewals were registered in Portugal, totalling 132,045.

According to Eduardo Cabrita, this increase was related to the Covid-19 pandemic in which the residence permits of foreign citizens living in Portugal were automatically renewed.

The minister specified that Brazilians led again last year the requests for new residence permits, with about 42,000, and are more than 7,000 until March this year.


Portugal should make it easier, for foreigners from Europe with higher Education, to integrate into the Portuguese society. In order to help Portugal further develop it's industry, it's infrastructure, and scientific research. To make Portugal a rich first world Country. So that it's citizens will have a high standard of living for ever. It's time for that. Amen. By Tony, from Canada

By Tony from Other on 16-04-2021 04:25

Will this simplify the process of obtaining a visa for UK residents who wish to stay longer than the 90 days or will there be a travel corridor between Uk and Portugal which would allow unlimited stay as before Brexit without the need to apply for a visa

By Hugh Gilmour from UK on 16-04-2021 03:16
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