According to the Government, the changes to the legal regime for the entry, stay, departure and removal of foreign citizens from the national territory establish "procedures that allow attracting regulated and integrated immigration, for the development of the country, changing the way in which the public administration relates with immigrants and guarantee conditions for the integration of immigrants".

Among the new measures is the creation of a visa of limited duration that allows the legal entry of immigrants in Portugal with the objective of looking for work.

This visa to look for work in Portugal is valid for 120 days and can be extended for another 60 days, being granted at Portuguese consular posts, which communicate immediately to the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) and the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP).

Citizens of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) will also have a visa facilitation regime in Portugal, within the scope of the agreement on mobility between CPLP member states.

The new regime puts an end to the quota regime for immigration, makes it easier to obtain a residence visa for foreign students who attend higher education in Portugal and allows digital nomads to grant a residence or temporary stay visa.