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700K visa applications have yet to be processed by Portuguese authorities

700K visa applications have yet to be processed by Portuguese authorities
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In Portugal, almost 700,000 visa applications remain unanswered, with immigrants from the country calling for faster visas.

The president of the Portuguese Association of Social Integration of Immigrants (APISI) told Deutsche Welle that the legalization process in Portugal is slow and bureaucratic, expressing doubts that the Immigration, Integration and Immigration and Asylum (AIMA) does not have the capacity to solve every problem.

He believes that even with the CLP visa, the legalization procedure will not be accelerated thanks to expressions of interest, warning that without more decentralization the situation will remain the same.

However, the president of the Agency for Integration, Migration and Asylum, Luís Goes Pinheiro, said that Deutsche Welle would respond quickly to the concerns of immigrant citizens.

The agency plans a year and a half to resolve the backlog of nearly 350,000 cases as well as 340,000 visa extensions for immigrants residing in the country.

More than a million immigrants have obtained residence visas in Portugal since last year, while this year alone more than 306,000 similar visas have been issued, according to official sources.

In June this year, Portuguese authorities announced that they would update their online visa application platform as part of efforts to avoid limited applications and long waiting times for applications.


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Such a decision was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Portuguese Community, Paulo Cafôfo, stressing that the changes are necessary to create easier conditions for all those planning to join the country for every reason.

According to him, despite efforts to introduce restrictions, this hoarding continues to occur and for this reason, updating the platform is considered a necessary measure to avoid abuse.

The Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the new features of the visa portal include one-time registration, emphasizing that after registration, people will be able to change their password or modify their data your individual and can also complete a questionnaire to determine the visa type they need and attach documents.

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