AIMA takes over SEF

I don’t think anyone believes MI is ‘necessary’ but it did serve a purpose, however much it came to be an administrative headache from oversubscription. The point is that abruptly ending the program will create a host of other problems. And I don’t think we should expect those to be fixed quickly as many are EU wide issues. But we dare to dream!

I wouldn’t rule it out. They’d be smart to use online renewals at least in the short term to reduce backlogs.

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HOLY MOLY! Who says I can’t be Portugal Prime minister? :sweat_smile:

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Hopefully they clear the GV backlog to make this more attractive. No one is gonna throw money into a new GV application if the wait is 10+ years.

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Nobody knows about the wait ahead of time…still plenty of (ill-advised, imo) 2023 applicants in the queue.

Apparently they’re discussing “priority” processing. If true, I really think we need to organize a revolt of some kind…. Will you apply Portugal Golden Visa knowing what you know today? - #97 by Hippopotamousse

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New courts proposed: I wonder if/when they are set up, will golden visa cases go through them?

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Another related article proposing hiring 10,000 temp staff for 6 months starting Oct 1.

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I read that as well… the PCP won just 3.2% of the votes and 4 seats in the March 2024 legislative election. So this is a nothing party pulling wild numbers out of the air, methinks. It’s easy to suggest hiring 10k contractors when your party will never have to actually implement this idea :slight_smile:

Thankfully DN did ask him some hard questions (How do you train 10k people for such a short tenure? What would AIMA do with them after training?, etc.). None of his answers were very convincing.

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Agreed. However, the fact that a small party is making headline grabbing suggestions shows the issue is top of mind in PT politics. With a minority government, everyone’s vote matters so the ruling party will need deal sweeteners to get the votes they need.

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Not to mention how do you contain the risks in giving 10k temporary workers access to the sensitive personal data of hundreds of thousands of applicants?

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The data is the safest it will ever be right now since nobody ever looks at the paperwork…

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You are being confused by the person you linked misinterpreting the idea being floated

Calm down people, goddamn

We’re holding it together, and trying to weave a positive “narrative,” but the truer version of our story is that this entire debacle has truly ruined our lives. So be nice?

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English language press version of that story suggests yes, as it’s the Lisbon Administrative Court where these cases go now.

The news was broken this Thursday by Público newspaper, which reports that the court will have exclusive jurisdiction “in everything related to immigration and asylum , from the detention and expulsion of migrants to … and ending with administrative asylum and residence permit processes (typical of administrative courts),” citing CSM [High Council for the Judiciary] member Tiago Pereira.

https://www.portugalresident.com/portugal-to-create-new-specialised-court-for-immigration/

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Rather than (optimistically!) taking 4 months to recruit/train-up 10,000 newbies for a 6-month assignment, the following makes more sense for additional people to work through the backlog…

The Order of Notaries made the network of Notary Offices available to collaborate on the Action Plan for Migrations… Notary Offices constitute a public service network made up of approximately 500 public service counters and in which 563 notaries and 1500 notary workers already work. with special academic and practical training for the analysis of documents and their legal assessment…
“In addition, the Order of Notaries already has a physical public filing system and successful experiences with digital platforms and interoperability with State IT platforms…

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OK somehow I thought this was policy announcement slideware, to be legislated in the near future (like with Mais Habitação). Not so. One part - the manifestaçao de interesse route slamming shut - was done on the same day by Decree-Law No. 37-A/2024 of June 3rd and has been effective from June 4th.

And yet they still haven’t bothered to extend the permits that are all expiring June 30 and are impossible to renew…