Portugal – Portuguese Immigration Authorities to Go on Strike

What has changed

A strike at the Portuguese Immigration Authorities is expected to begin this January and to continue for a period of six (6) months.

To manage current delays, urgent appointments can be requested. Until now, the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Services (SEF) has met these requests and the results have considerably reduced the waiting times. Once the strike is officially announced, we expect to have more difficulty with requests being met and processes expedited.

Who is affected?

  • Clients assigning employees to Portugal; Visa nationals; Assignees requiring a renewal; and Dependents (if applicable)

What to expect

Once the strike begins, extended delays are expected for the following services:

  • Analysis of Visa Requests
  • Scheduling Appointments
  • Request Residence Permits
  • Renew Residence Permits
  • Request Residence Permits under the Golden Visa Program

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Emigra Worldwide will continue¬†to assess delays and prepare clients accordingly.
  • Currently, Emigra Worldwide offers an additional service whereby our local partner is able to request urgent appointments to help reduce wait times.
  • Clients are advised to initiate immigration processes well in advance to ensure there is sufficient time to meet the assignment start dates.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.