Immigration: Government realigns visa and residency policies


The Portuguese government revealed today it had approved new regulations on immigration in last Thursday’s Cabinet Meeting.

Living in Portugal What's New — 23 March 2012 by Lusa News
Immigration: Government realigns visa and residency policies

The Portuguese government made changes to the legal regime in effect for the terms of entrance, residence and voluntary and involuntary departure of non-nationals, according to a statement issued by the Cabinet Meeting on Thursday, 22 March.

More specifically, the statement describes “significant improvements” to five different facets of visa policies.

In addition to criminalising the employment of illegal immigrants, the new regulations also establish a new EU Blue Card residency permit and strengthen measures designed to combat weddings of convenience, when fake marriages open the door to meeting residency requirements.

In addition to changing the terms for reuniting families following the taking up of legal residence in Portugal, this new set of immigration measures also serves to redefine the classification attributed to business entrepreneurs investing in Portugal in order to facilitate their access.

(Photograph: Mário Cruz/Lusa)

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