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Portugal Opens Its Doors to More Indian Skilled Workers

The Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced through a statement that the citizens of India are eligible to work legally and safely in Portugal, as the authorities of the two countries have signed a bilateral agreement that will help the Indians to “carry out a professional activity” in the European country. .

This bilateral instrument will facilitate legal and safe labor migration flows between the two countries, and establish procedures for the admission of Indian nationals to carry out professional activity, under an employment contract, in Portugal. Moreover, it will apply to employment in any labor activity and whatever the term of the employment contract, Indian workers benefit from all rights guaranteed by Portuguese law,” reads the statement published by the same ministry.

The ministry also stressed that from the moment the new agreement comes into force and when employers plan to hire workers from India, they will be required to inform the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP), which will send such a proposal to the authorities in India, reports.

Through the selection process, the employment contract will be signed while the hired workers will be granted a visa, allowing them to travel to Portugal and carry out professional activities in the southern European country.

Such an agreement was reached during a visit by the Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture of India, with the Minister of State for External Affairs and Cooperation, Francisco André, and the Portuguese authorities.

Portugal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that the ratification process would be delayed while the so-called “instrument” would be drawn up 30 days after the last notification.

Earlier this month, the Federal Cabinet approved an agreement between Portugal and India on the recruitment of nationals from India to work in the European country.

According to India’s Federal Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the agreement will enhance cooperation and partnership between the citizens of the two parties.

“It will provide new opportunities for skilled Indian workers and professionals,” the government explained through a statement.

Besides the recent agreement between the two regions which would help bring Indian nationals to work in the European country, Portugal is also famous for its golden visa program which has continued to attract many wealthy Indian investors for more than eight years now.

Through the Golden Visa Program, wealthy international investors are eligible for permanent residence in Portugal if they invest at least €500,000 in ecotourism, organic farming, renewable energy or other projects.

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