The Portuguese government has made online residence permits available to nationals of Portuguese-speaking countries.

Key Points:

  • Nationals of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, including Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome e Principe, can now apply for new residence permits. To be eligible, applicants must:
    • Not be in the Serviço de Informações de Segurança system.
    • Submit a criminal record for each country they have lived in for more than one year.
    • Have proof of a stable, livable income.
  • Residence permit applications for nationals of CPLC can be submitted through this website.

BAL Analysis: Portuguese authorities have allowed nationals of CPLC countries to apply for residence permits to increase mobility and strengthen ties between the countries.

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