The Portuguese government recently introduced a Job Seekers visa for foreign nationals looking for work in the country.

Key Points:

  • As of Oct. 31, foreign nationals can apply for a Job Seekers visa to look for work in Portugal.
  • The Job Seekers visa is a single-entry visa, valid for 120 days and extendable for an additional 60 days.
  • Foreign nationals can apply to convert the Job Seekers visa to a residence permit if they find work within the 180-day period.
  • Foreign nationals who cannot find a job in the 180-day period can reapply for another Job Seekers visa one year after the original visa’s expiration.

BAL Analysis: The visa intends to bring more foreign nationals to Portugal to stimulate the economy, create jobs and help the country recover financially from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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