Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain. Portugal is also part of the Schengen Area which is made up of 26 European countries that have removed border controls between them. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel freely between one country and another without a passport. Living in Portugal is like living in one of the safest countries in the world. In 2019, Portugal stands in top three countries in the Global Peace Index ranking it the safest country in the world.
The US House of Representatives passed the AMIGOS (Advancing Mutual Interests and Growing Our Success) Act, last week. The Act will soon get endorsed by the Senate and signed by the President and will become law. It will entitle Portuguese citizens to E2 visas. The bill (HR 565) is described as a boost to Portuguese-American trade.
According to its official website, “The United States does not have a better friend than the country Portugal,” said Cicilline. “Rhode Islanders know this better than most, and the members of our prosperous Portuguese-American community make a rich contribution to the art, culture, business, and public service of our state, and I am proud to present this bill today. It is important that we build on the close relations between our two countries”. The bill was called a very important step as business travel in the US becomes much easier for economic and commercial reasons by the Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva. According to Macau Business, “the head of Portuguese diplomacy relied on the approval of the Senate and stressed the importance of the method of approving this legislation”.
The Portuguese “Golden Visa Program” will receive further boost with E2 Visa treaty. Program participants who maintain their investment and fulfill the 35-day residency requirement in five years may be entitled to Portuguese citizenship.