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This article was originally published on August 10, 2022, and was updated on October 6, 2022, and March 16, 2023, to reflect new information.

March 16, 2023, Update: The government of Portugal announced that citizens of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) can now apply online for a residence permit for Portugal.

In order to acquire the online residence permit, either an expression of interest must have been submitted by December 31, 2022, or a CPLP residence consular visa must have been issued after October 31, 2022.

According to the government announcement, the new portal is intended to make the residence permit process faster and simpler for eligible nationals.

October 6, 2022, Update: The government of Portugal will implement new measures to the Law on Foreign Nationals on October 30, 2022. According to the government announcement, these measures will simplify immigration procedures for nationals from member states of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), residence authorization for digital nomads and researchers, and the exit and entry of minors into the country.

As a result of these measures, applications for the granting and renewal of residence permits for nationals of CPLP member states will be exempt from submitting the following:

  • Proof of valid travel insurance
  • Proof of means of subsistence
  • A copy of a return ticket

These travelers will also be exempt from appearing in person when filing for a visa.

The government of Portugal also shared information on document requirements for certain work authorization types for foreign nationals. For additional information on these changes, check here.

Original Post from August 10, 2022:

Key Points

  • The government of Portugal approved changes to its immigration laws for foreign nationals from the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries on July 21, 2022


The government of Portugal introduced changes to the Law on Foreign Nationals on July 21, 2022. Under these changes, the government of Portugal will streamline visa processing for citizens from the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP). These countries include Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Timor-Leste.

Citizens of CPLP’s member states will only be required to complete a background check as part of the application process. The government will also reduce labor market testing requirements for CPLP citizens applying for residence.

What are the Changes?

On July 21, 2022, the Portuguese government introduced changes to its immigration laws. These measures aim to streamline immigration measures for foreign nationals from CPLCs.

Looking Ahead

The Portuguese Parliament approved the changes, which are expected to become effective in September 2022. Continue to check the government of Portugal’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: The Government of Portugal

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