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September 12, 2022
September 12, 2022

Portugal new immigration law 2022

What are the immigration laws in Portugal? What’s new in 2022? The legal framework for entry, residence, departure and deportation of foreigners in Portugal has some new features. We explain everything.

The entry, stay, exit and removal of foreigners in Portugal has a new legal regime. The Parliament decree, promulgated by the President of the Republic on 4th August 2022, proceeds with the 10th amendment to Law No. 23/2007, of 4th July (Portugal’s Immigration Law) and also has an impact on real estate in Portugal. After all, foreigners have been a driving force of strong growth and investment in the sector in recent years, through different routes. Here at idealista/news, we’re having a closer look at the main changes to the law on foreigners in Portugal on legal grounds. This is what you need to know about the new Portugal immigration law in 2022.

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Portugal new immigration law 2022

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa approved the diploma “in a hurry”, justifying the promulgation with the “importance of the implementation of the Agreement on Mobility between the Member States of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries” (CPLP) of July 2021, in a note published on the page of the Presidency of the Republic. But the Head of State left a warning that, in the future, “some formal inaccuracies” in the new Immigration Act and the contributions of external entities to Parliament on this matter should be taken into account.

The new law on foreigners in Portugal was approved by the Portuguese Parliament on 21st July, in a final vote, with the votes in favour of PS, PCP, BE and Livre and the abstentions of PSD, IL and PAN, which “represents a national consensus”, in the words of the President of the Republic.

What has changed in Portugal’s immigration law in 2022?

Among other measures, in summary, the new legal regime for foreigners in Portugal foresees:

  • facilitating the issuance of visas for CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries) citizens;
  • creating a visa for job seekers
  • putting an end to the quota regime for immigration
  • making it easier to obtain residence visas for foreign students attending higher education in Portugal;
  • granting a residence or temporary stay visa to digital nomads.

In order to understand the new Immigration Law in Portugal in greater detail, Lamares, Capela & Associados* analysed the diploma and highlighted the following changes, in the following points.

Amendments to the Immigration Law in Portugal approved by the Portuguese Parliament

The granting of temporary stay and residence visas for citizens covered by the Agreement on Mobility between Member States of the CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries).

Residency Visa in Portugal

This visa allows the holder to request a residence permit in Portugal, which has an initial duration of one year and is renewable for successive periods of two years.

Requirements for obtaining a residence visa for nationals of countries belonging to the CPLP

Residence visas and residence permits may be granted to nationals of countries belonging to the CPLP provided that they meet cumulatively the following requirements:

  • there are no measures banning the applicant from entering Portugal; and
  • there is no evidence of a threat by the applicant to public order, security or public health in Portugal.  

Temporary Stay Visa in Portugal

This visa allows nationals of a member state of a country belonging to the CPLP to stay in Portugal on a temporary basis (for a period of more than 3 months and less than 1 year), when they have entered legally in Portugal. This temporary permit may be renewed for an equal period.

Creation of a visa for family reunion in Portugal

The purpose of the visa for family reunion is to accompany family members of the applicant of a residence visa, and the applications may be submitted simultaneously.

Who can obtain a visa for family reunion?

The following are considered to be family members of the applicant’s family:

  1. The spouse or unmarried partner;
  2. Children who are minors or incapacitated and are dependants of the couple or of one of the spouses or unmarried partners;
  3. Minors adopted by the applicant when not married, by the applicant or by the spouse, as a result of a decision of the competent authority of the country of origin, provided that the law of that country grants to the adopted children the same rights and duties as those of natural filiation and that the decision is recognised by Portugal;
  4. Adult children, who are descendants of the couple or one of the spouses, who are single and are studying at an educational institution in Portugal;
  5. Adult dependent children of the couple or one of the spouses, who are single and studying, whenever the holder of the regrouping right has a residence permit granted under the Investment Residence Permit (ARI);
  6. Ascendants in the direct line and in the first degree of the resident or his/her spouse, provided that they are dependent on him/her;
  7. Minor siblings, provided that they are under the resident’s guardianship, in accordance with a decision made by the competent authority in the country of origin and provided that this decision is recognised by Portugal.

Creation of a residence and temporary stay visa for remote workers in Portugal

Residence Visa

This type of visa entitles its holder to reside in Portugal in order to work, even remotely, for an individual or company with residence or head office outside national territory.

Temporary stay visa

This visa is granted for the duration of the stay and is valid for multiple entries into national territory.

Creation of a residence visa for job seekers

A job seeker visa in Portugal entitles its holder to enter and remain in Portugal for the purpose of seeking work and authorises the holder to engage in a dependent employment activity, until the expiry of the visa or until a residence permit is granted.

Temporary stay visa

This visa is valid for 120 days and may be extended for a further 60 days.

At the end of the 180 day period, if the holder has not yet signed a work contract and applied for a residence permit, they must leave the country and are only permitted to apply for a new visa to seek employment one year after the expiry date of the previous visa.

How can the holder of this visa obtain a residence permit in Portugal?

When the visa is obtained, the holder will have immediate access to the date of the appointment at the SEF (Foreigners and Borders Service) in Portugal. If you have already formalised your employment relationship before the date of that appointment and provided that you comply with the general requirements, you may acquire a residence permit in Portugal.

This residence permit will be valid for two years from the date of issue of the residence card and is renewable for successive periods of three years.

Another of the main legal changes which is closely related to the creation of this new type of visa is the elimination of quotas for workers in the visa for the exercise of subordinate professional activity.

Besides the creation of new types of visas, the following procedural measures are also of note:

  • Facilitation of the residence visa to attend studies in Higher Education

Whenever the applicant is admitted to a national higher education institution, the granting of a residence visa to attend a higher education study programme is now exempt from SEF’s prior opinion.

a) The Consulate will consult directly the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) and can only refuse the visa if an alert in the SIS II indicates refusal of entry and stay.

b) The Consulate immediately notifies SEF that the visa has been granted and SEF may activate police measures in national territory, at border control, or even cancel the visa.

  • Automatic attribution of provisional IFN, NISS and User ID in the scope of the residence visa

With the granting of the residence visa a residence pre-authorisation is issued, which contains information relating to:

  1. obtaining the residence permit;
  2. the provisional attribution of the tax identification number, social security number and user number.

source : Portugal new immigration law 2022

August 9, 2022

Living costs in Thunder Bay are a fraction of what they would be in Toronto or Vancouver.

The lower cost of living is what attracts many newcomers to Thunder Bay.

Thunder Bay is a large city with many attractions, although it is less expensive than Toronto or Vancouver. According to RE/MAX, Thunder Bay is one of Canada’s most affordable property markets.

affordable place to live in Canada
affordable place to live in Canada

Thunder Bay is the Northwest’s gateway, combining metropolis and small-town life. It focuses on accepting people from various backgrounds and celebrating cultures. It also has many First Nations and Indigenous communities.

Meet Marteena

Thunder Bay offers incredible amenities for a community of its size. It’s also one of the cleanest and greenest places in Canada. The city promotes a clean, green, beautiful, healthy city that offers economic opportunities, respects diversity, and has safe, affordable neighborhoods.

Thunder Bay offers a laidback, community-style lifestyle with an emphasis on family and balance. The area is popular for sailing, skiing, hiking, and being outdoors.

In recent years, Thunder Bay has focused on accepting diversity and new immigrants. Three YouTube films of immigrants and their thoughts on migrating to Thunder Bay are a wonderful resource for learning immigrant life in Thunder Bay.

Traditional Sectors in natural resources industries

Traditional sectors in natural resource industries and manufacturing are successfully blending with new and evolving knowledge, education, and healthcare sectors, creating a balanced and diversified local economy.

Meet Harpreet

There is a world of employment possibilities to be discovered outside of the big cities. The rewarding careers, skilled trade jobs, superior nature, and lower property prices attract people from big cities towards Thunder Bay.

Thunder Bay has a broad economy and a creative atmosphere. Thunder Bay has been altered by disruptive SMEs, universities, research institutes, an international populace, and industrial revitalization. Today, Thunder Bay is home to big-name manufacturers, local businesses, creative studios, and public sector leaders.

With an average commute time of 10 minutes, a lower cost of living and a growing economy, more workers are finding exciting careers in Thunder Bay. From electricians and plumbers, to accountants and healthcare professionals, well-paying employment opportunities are available in varied sectors. That’s why thander Bay is the most affordable place to live in Canada.

CEDC team

Our Thunder Bay CEDC team is available to help you identify new business opportunities, find the right property or land, recruit the best talent, access business incentives and get reliable local advice.

With competitive land and construction costs and zero development charges, Thunder Bay is an ideal location for expansion and new construction. The city has a large amount of land zoned for new development, offering commercial, industrial, and aviation space at a low cost. Our downtown urban areas also offer mixed-use and commercial property for new and existing businesses. We also provide construction sites to small and medium-sized developers on a regular basis.

Meet Denfeild

Many well-known and profitable businesses are available for purchase from existing owners who are ready to retire and are looking for the right person to take over.

Buying a business has a number of advantages over starting a business from scratch. Buyers enjoy an established client base, steady cash flow, a proven track record, existing senior management, current processes, and a record of past business profitability. The risks of buying a business are much lower than the risks of starting a new business.

The Business Immigration and Investor Program allows a qualified applicant to enter Canada as a Permanent Resident (PR) by purchasing or investing in a qualified Canadian business.

With no development charges, and affordable cost of land, Thunder Bay offers prime real estate for development.

August 9, 2022

Alberta invites 120 Express Entry candidates and BC targets tech occupations.

Alberta and British Columbia released Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw results this week.

Most Canadian provinces and territories (with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut) operate their own PNPs. Through these programs, interested candidates may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

Following its launch in 1998, the PNP welcomed only 400 immigrants, but due to its success, it now welcomes more than 80,000 per year. The increase in the number of PNP admissions in Canada is due to the fact that the federal and provincial governments consider it an effective tool to promote the economic development of the country.

Express Entry draws are held every two weeks. After a long pause, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now once again holding all-program Express Entry draws. The first all-program draw since 2020 was held on July 6, and a total of 1,500 Express Entry candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 557 received invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence. The most recent Express Entry draw was held on August 3 with 2,000 invitations issued and a minimum CRS of 533.

PNP draw results from July 29 -August 4

Alberta

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) issued 120 invitations to apply for provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry Stream on July 29. Candidates required a minimum CRS score of 473, an increase over the last draw on June 16, where the minimum CRS score was 300.

Although provincial nomination is not in itself the same as a permanent residence, it can significantly increase the chances of obtaining permanent resident status.

For instance, PNP candidates with Express Entry profiles who receive a nomination get 600 points added to their CRS score. In this instance, those who have received provincial nomination from Alberta will now have a minimum overall CRS of 1073, making it highly likely they will receive an ITA from IRCC.

To be eligible for provincial nomination through Alberta’s Express Entry stream, candidates must already be in the Express Entry pool and be able to demonstrate strong ties to Alberta such as a family member already living in Alberta, or a job offer. They must also intend to move there permanently.

June 7, 2021

Why CRS score is so important? If you wish to have permanent Canadian residence, your eligibility will be determined by CRS (comprehensive ranking system) score. You must have a competitive advantage to make it through the Canadian express entry immigration system. Candidates having the highest CRS score will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) confirming his/her permanent residence in Canada.
If you have a heart for immigrating to Canada then you can’t just sit and wait for an invitation to apply with a lower CRS score. On this page, we aim to suggest to you some productive and highly advantageous tips which you may have missed out on intending to enhance your CRS score. These tips will convince you to consider a wider approach, better knowledge of eligibility, and thinking innovatory and unconventional.
#Tip 1: IMPROVE YOUR SECOND LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Do you speak English? Yes, we know you can, but proving your proficiency in it might give you an advantage in CRS score under the language ability category. If you have attempted IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, TCF and earned an intermediate score then retake it and improve.
Not only language ability offers you advancement of a total of 260 marks it is also one of the most prioritized proficiency considered for CRS score. Retaking the test might increase your CRS score especially if you score CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) level 9 which will ensure an ascend of points under skill transferability too.
If you are a French speaker too then improve your results in approved French tests and evidence escalate of 24 points offered for French-speaking ability.
# TIP 2: PRIVILEGE PROVINCIAL NOMINATION
This is the only way to earn a sincere elevation of 600 points by comprehending different priority occupations of various provinces. Keeping an eagle’s eye on their constantly changing categories with an up-to-date application will give you a definite advantage and a silver lining to let your status reach on top of the list. Provincial nominee programs (PNPs) substantially bring assurance of success in the desirable province.
#TIP 3: SECURE JOB OFFER IN CANADA
Having a job offer in Canada remains a precious factor to increase CRS points up to a maximum of 200. Although It must be noted that the job offer must meet certain conditions otherwise it shall not be able to contribute to the CRS score. It’s hard to find a perfect job offer hence if you apprehend the necessary terms and make the right choices, your goals are just a few steps away.
#TIP 4: EDUCATE IN CANADA
Education in Canada provides beneficence to international students who seek higher education. One or two-year post-secondary education gives students an advancement of 15 points while candidates applying for three-year post-secondary, master’s, professional degree or doctorate will be awarded 30 points.
# TIP 5: CAREFULLY DECIDE PRINCIPAL APPLICANT
Are you applying as a couple? Think carefully before deciding who will be applying principally. The person with lower age has a plus point in human capital factors. It must be noted the person with higher qualifications need not earn more points under certain conditions.
#TIP 6: POINTS FROM SPOUSE
Your partner can score up to 40 points for you depending on their level of education and Canadian work experience gaining 10 points each while your spouse’s language competency can add 20 points.
# Pro Tip: GET HELP
We at CosmosImmigration understand it is complicated to know the exact needs for increasing the CRS score. We provide essential professional help to formulate your application for permanent Canadian residence. Our certified immigration consultants stand out from others by being intensively supportive, keeping you well informed, maintaining continuous track of changing provincial nomination requirements, and following your every progressive step like a footprint. To acquire the best professional guidance and thorough experience, we request you to take one step forward because we know that, time is of the essence.  Contact us and start improving your CRS score for your destination is so much more!

June 7, 2021
June 7, 2021

Education in Denmark:

People used to call the Danes “Brutal Vikings,” but now that we live in an age of industrialization, technology, and development, Denmark is the leader in Europe, and they can thank their education system for that. With its education system, Denmark has made a huge impact on the world. 

The country has one of the best education systems in the world as it believes that education is the most important way of nurturing and moulding kids and the younger generation for a bright future.

In a study conducted back in 2018, the literacy rate in Denmark stood at 99% for men and women. This achievement is a result of the well-implemented, closely monitored, and comprehensive education system, which starts right from preschool and goes beyond post-graduation. It has certainly contributed to the Danish economy and the overall development of Denmark.

The education system in Denmark is

Most of the schools in Denmark have 2 types of curriculum that are

-IB (International Baccalaureate) and

-IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education).

The top 5 schools in Denmark are

  • Copenhagen International School (IB)
  • At Aarhus International School (IB),
  • The Technical University of Denmark
  • Bjorn’s International School (IGCSE) and
  • Herlufsholm School (IB).

In Denmark, Danish is the language of instruction in public schools. In the case of international schools, teaching in English begins in the second grade. Because Denmark buys and sells a lot, everyone there speaks English. Because of this, many schools use English as the main language of communication and learning after a certain grade. Most expats decide to finish their education at an IB school because it makes it easier for them to get into an international university.

Denmark gives all school-aged children (ages 6 to 16) get a free education. This encourages more kids to go to school and makes sure that all kids get a basic education that will help them learn, grow, and be successful. There are different levels in the school system. It starts with kindergarten and may continue with some preschool training. Then, everyone has to go to school for the next 10 years. After this, the education system is the same everywhere in Denmark. After this, some students choose to take a gap year, and others choose to go to high school, which lasts about two to three years.

I sent the wrong link to my business profile in my last inquiry. I followed the instructions I got in an email about how to find the link on Google Maps, but my listing isn’t showing up there because it’s been suspended. Instead, it’s showing the old listing that has been permanently closed. Enrolling begins at the age of 3. When they are in their third and final year of kindergarten, they might get some preschool training, and at age six, they can sign up for 10 years of mandatory schooling. There are two parts to the school years: primary and lower secondary school, and then upper secondary school. Science, math, and language are not the only things that students learn. They also learn how to improve their skills, solve problems, and give presentations. This versatile and diverse approach is what separates the Danish education system from the rest of the world.

The Aftermath

Some students decide to get training for a job after they’ve gone to school for the required number of years. Some of the things that are talked about here are healthcare, administration, agriculture, hospitality, technology, and transportation. More than 65% of students sign up for higher education that lasts between two and three years. This sets them up for further studies, like undergraduate and graduate degrees.

People think that Denmark is one of the best places to go to school because it has a well-organized and varied education system. It helps students to find their talent and strength, which paves the way for a successful future. Also, the bachelor’s and master’s degrees are very good, which makes top companies from all over the world want to hire them. The top-class education system is why people migrate and settle in Denmark.