According to the ‘SchengenVisaInfo.com’ website – a Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows a person to travel to any member of the Schengen Area for 90 days for tourism or business – there are more than 100,000 citizens of Brazil living in illegally in Portugal. These people “have not yet received a response from the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF)”, responsible for issuing residence and work permits.
For some time now, the Brazilian authorities have been warning about the situation, demanding that Portugal “take the necessary measures as quickly as possible”. However, until now, the Portuguese authorities have remained silent.
According to MultiNews, the data reached senator chico Rodrigues (União Brasil-RR) by the three consulates and by the Brazilian embassy in Portuguese territory – the number coincides with that recently released by the Minister of Internal Administration, José Luís Carneiro, who announced that the SEF pending list “surpasses 200,000 people, most of whom are Brazilians”.
“What we observed on the visits to Lisbon, Porto and Faro, where the three consulates are located, was a dramatic situation among Brazilians. We found people living in subhuman conditions,” said the senator. In addition, he also stressed that Brazilian nationals living in Portugal without the necessary documentation “cannot find a job, open a bank account or sign a lease”.
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