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Residence requests soar

in News · 21-09-2017 14:50:00 · 3 Comments

The number of foreigners seeking residency in Portugal has soared following the introduction of new legislation.

Residence requests soar

According to the SEF Immigration Office, residence requests skyrocketed by 1300 percent in the first week of new laws allowing foreigners to gain residency based on an employment pledge.
SEF has expressed concerns over the new rules, created by the leftist government, suggesting that it can be used by illegal immigration networks. The highest number of residence requests, which last week totalled over four thousand, came from Brazil, India, Nepal, Cape Verde and the Ukraine.
This news comes as the Portuguese Prime Minister expressed the desire that freedom of movement become a reality in the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries.
António Costa explained that negotiations are currently well underway to increase the movement of the citizens between countries such as Portugal, Brazil, Angola and Mozambique.
Explaining that an agreement had been reached in principal, the Portuguese Prime Minister said the Community should also encourage freedom of residence and academic
qualifications.
Earlier this week, the Guardian reported that business executives implicated in a Brazilian corruption scandal and relatives of an Angolan politician, who has been accused of bribery, have secretly bought access to Europe via the government of Portugal.
A businessman sentenced to 18 years under house arrest and the former president of a scandal-ridden construction conglomerate are also among those named in a leaked document as having paid hundreds of thousands of euros in their pursuit of a “golden visa” in Portugal, the Guardian said.

Comments

Hi Pastor Bruce, keyword for me is "pure" portugal. What does it mean? What do you mean? Thanks, Rachel.
by Rachel Gosho from UK on 24-09-2017 02:29:00
Acho muit bem
by Lucio from Other on 22-09-2017 06:06:00
Will this tremendous influx of new residents and residency requests have any impact on those of us from other countries -- i.e., the USA -- who already have purchased properties in Portugal and look forward to prompt processing of our visa documents so that we can relocate and begin our retirement in beautiful, pure Portugal? In addition to health certifications and criminal background checks, our visa applications document that we are able to live off our retirement income ... without any financial support from the Portuguese government
by Pastor Bruce from USA on 22-09-2017 01:56:00

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Edition 1453
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