Portugal creates six-month work visas, scraps immigration quotas

“In the promotion of safe, orderly and regulated migration and the fight against labour shortages, a new type of visa has been created, specifically the visa for the search of work, thus enabling entry into Portugal for nationals of foreign states who come to look for work for 120 days, extendable for a further 60 days, for a total of 180 days,” Mendes said at the press conference after the Cabinet meeting. [EPA-EFE/JOSE SENA GOULAO]

Foreigners can now stay in Portugal for six months under a new work-seeking visa approved Wednesday, eliminating the quota regime for immigration, Ana Catarina Mendes, the minister of foreign and parliamentary affairs announced.

“In the promotion of safe, orderly and regulated migration and the fight against labour shortages, a new type of visa has been created, specifically the visa for the search of work, thus enabling entry into Portugal for nationals of foreign states who come to look for work for 120 days, extendable for a further 60 days, for a total of 180 days,” Mendes said at the press conference after the Cabinet meeting.

The government has “definitely” eliminated what she considered to be “an anachronism for a long time, which is the quota regime for residence visas for subordinate work,” she added.

These measures are contained in the draft law amending the legal regime for the entry, stay, exit and expulsion of foreigners from the country that was approved by the cabinet.

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