Portugal is a full member of the European Community, and EU citizens do not require work permits to work in this country. Non EU nationals who wish to work for longer than three months should apply for a residency permit. Work permits must be obtained before entering the country, and the contract and documents, including a medical certificate, must be taken to the serviços de estrangeiros e fronteiras after arrival:
Avenida Antonio Augusto Aguiar 70, tel 0035 21-52-39-24, in Lisbon, or to the offices in Oporto, Coimbra, Faro, Madeira and the Azores.
> FINDING A JOB
Today, graduates in Portugal do not have problems in finding a job, but some years ago the situation was completely different.
The tools to find work in Portugal are newspapers, the Internet, and career fairs. The major tools for job hunting, until a few years ago, were newspapers. Now it is the Internet. Major newspapers include Diario De Noticias, Correio Da Manha, Publico and Jornal De Noticias.
Advertisements can be placed in English Language publications such as Anglo-Portuguese News (APN), Av. De Sao Pedro 14 d-p- 2756 Monte Estoril, Lisboa; and Algarve News, Po Box 13, P-8400 Lagos; and appear in international publications like The European, International Herald Tribune, and Overseas Jobs Express.
For foreigners, tourism is the best sector to look for jobs. For example, several British tours operators require staff to work in Portugal. Thompson is one, and Unijet travel, Sandrocks, Rocky Lane, Haywards Heath, also employ a wide range of staff based in the main resort towns, the Algarve being the most popular. The minimum age for reps is usually 21, and knowledge of at least one foreign language is required.
The employment agencies Manpower and Addeco both have branches in Lisbon, Oporto, the Algarve, and in the Azores.
> USEFUL LINKS
PORTUGAL INFO: www.portugal-info.net
FREELANCE JOBS: www.writerfind.com/freelance_jobs
TALENT FOR EUROPE: www.talent4europe.com/Portugal/jobs.htm
> LOCAL PAPERS
THE NEWS: www.the-news.net
DIARIO DE NOTICIA: www.dn.pt
EXPRESSO ONLINE: www.expresso.pt
JORNAL DE NOTICIAS: www.jnoticias.pt
> FOR MORE INFORMATION
BUREAU OF EUROPEAN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
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1050 Lisboa Portugal
Tel: +351 1 793 1291
Fax: +351 1 758994
EMBASSY OF ITALY (PORTUGAL)
Largo do Conde Pombeiro, 6
1150-100 Lisboa Codex - Portugal
Tel: +351 21 351 5320
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