The mobility agreement aimed at ffacilitate resident immigration Among the Portuguese-speaking countries, it enters into force this Saturday (1st), but Brazilians are not on the list of beneficiaries. So far, Portugal, Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe have sanctioned the agreement, however, the measure has not been adopted by Brazil. This is the first step for citizens meincluded in future changes. The information has been confirmed to the now Europe by the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), through the executive secretariat, which is the department responsible for the agreement.
According to the CPLP clarification, however, as of January 1st, only the exemption of visas in diplomatic passports will come into effect, which is the only automatic condition of the agreement. The other benefits obtained in the document must be negotiated according to each interested country. In other words, if Brazil and Portugal want, for example, to facilitate the granting of visas to immigrants, this measure needs to be defined between the two countries.
With regard to visas in diplomatic passports, even if Brazil has not sanctioned the CPLP agreement, it will not be harmed. This is because Portuguese and Brazilians holding a diplomatic passport have already had this right assured since 2000, when the “Treaty of Friendship” was signed between Portugal and Brazil.
In addition to the three countries that have already activated the agreement, Angola has already passed the legislature. The Brazilian government, however, has not yet forwarded the request to the Chamber of Deputies, where the first approval must take place. Once approved, the text goes to the Senate, before the president’s sanction. The General Secretariat of the Presidency, in response to the now Europe about the progress of the project, he requested that the matter be sent to the Civil House.
The Civil House, however, responded that it has already given its assent and that the next step needs to be taken by the General Secretariat of the Presidency. The Brazilian parliament is in recess until the beginning of February.
After the countries that are part of the community confirm and officially deliver the document to the CPLP, the additional additional stage will begin. It is at this moment that Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe will need to define the new rules among themselves.
“The application of other mobility modalities (such as, for example, exemption from visas in common passports, as reported [em alguns jornais]) requires the establishment of additional instruments of partnership between two or more parties”, highlights an official note from the CPLP.
The prime minister of Portugal, António Costa, celebrated the delivery of the agreement signed in early December this year. On the occasion, the representative of the Portuguese government highlighted that this was the “first step, but there are other steps that we must continue to take” and stated that he hopes that other countries do the same.
The Portuguese leader highlighted that, among the future agreements, Portugal is interested in guaranteeing the recognition of diplomas and access to professions. The Portuguese government has also announced its intention to adhere to most flexible visas for study, work or residence. The Brazilian government, however, has not yet informed whether to accept reciprocity. At the same time, the situation does not change the current rules that allow the entry of Brazilian citizens into Portuguese territory.
In addition, the agreements adopted by Portugal in the future will depend on who assumes the government of the country. The new legislatures are scheduled for January 30, 2022 and the new prime minister and members of the government have assumed the responsibilities.
In addition to Brazil, go back to proceeding with the procedures in Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and East Timor. The CPLP Mobility Agreement was signed in July, in the city of Luanda, with the presence of representatives from all countries. Brazil was represented by chancellor Carlos Alberto Franco França.