The platform for obtaining residence permits in Portugal for citizens of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) started operating on March 13 and is intended for Portuguese-speaking immigrants with pending cases at the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) until December 31, 2022 and for those holding a CPLP visa issued by Portuguese consulates after October 31, 2022.

In a balance sheet statement, SEF indicates that, since March 13, it has received 114,131 requests for the attribution of residence permit certificates by CPLP citizens.

Of the 114,131 requests made on the 'CPLP portal', accessible on the websites and, SEF issued more than 103,572 documents with payment reference, of which 97,631 were settled and resulted in the granting of 93,209 residence permits, according to that security service.

The Foreigners and Borders Service indicates that Brazilian nationals represent, so far, 86.5% of CPLP residence permit requests, followed by citizens of Angola, with 3.8%, and of São Tomé and Príncipe, with 3%.

The residence permit for CPLP immigrants costs 15 euros and the availability of this document in an electronic format generally takes 72 hours.

This residence permit in Portugal for CPLP citizens is granted under the mobility agreement between the Member States of the organization.

In addition to Portugal, the CPLP includes Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and East Timor.

The residence permit under the CPLP mobility agreement is initially valid for one year, renewable for two successive periods of two years.