Professionals around the world are looking to build an international career and improve their resumes through these experiences. Other people, qualified in areas valued in Brazil, see in Portugal an excellent choice to realize the dream of living abroad without giving up the investment made in their formations. Among the various advantages, the country offers the possibility of revalidation of the diploma of courses such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and accounting.
In the specific case of medical professionals, according to the Ministry of Health Portuguese, in certain regions, such as alentejo and Algarve, there is a shortage in the most diverse specialties, while in regions such as Lisbon and Tagus Valley, the shortage is more experts in General and Family Medicine. In addition, there is a large gap of physicians in the National Health System Portuguese, whose per capita distribution (2.8 physicians per thousand inhabitants) is lower than the average of the member countries of the European Union (which is 3.6).
The doctor João Marcos Meneses decided to join the approximately 1,000 Brazilian doctors working in Portugal. He saw the possibility of revalidating the diploma as a gateway to act throughout the European Union, because according to current legislation, after three years of validation, the professional can act in any country of the bloc. “The possibility of having this mobility, besides, of course, the better quality of life and working conditions offered by European countries led me to seek validation. There is also the opportunity to continue qualifying in some of the best medical training centers in the world”, explains the doctor.
The increasing insecurity in Brazil, as well as the precarious and poorly paid working conditions in medicine, led the physician Carolina Brum to seek an alternative in Portugal. However, his main impediment was the lack of time to resolve the bureaucratic procedures. “Since the beginning of the process, I sought help from an office that would guarantee me agility in revalidation. They clarified all doubts, promptly guided the documentation, carried out all the necessary process in Portugal. Now they are already helping me in the new stage of registration of the order of doctors”, says the doctor.
As for dentists, the prospects are very good, both for professionals in the area and for the local population, because since July 2016 began a pilot project in Lisbon and Alentejo to include dental medicine in the public health service. With the good results achieved, the demand for these professionals should be increased in the coming years.
Until 2018, each Portuguese university had its own rules for validating foreign diplomas, which caused discrepancy in the values and time of the processes. However, since January 1, 2019, Decree-Law No. 66/2018, published on August 16, 2018, has been valid, which defines new rules for the recognition of academic degrees in Portugal.
The new rule focuses on automation, enabling already validated processes to serve as the basis for newer ones. Thus, the diplomas that are from the same course and foreign institution analyzed previously will not need to go through the whole process from the beginning.
“Despite the simplification, there are a number of requirements that must be met for the Brazilian training to be validated by the Portuguese institutions, for example, the amount of class hours and duration of the course must be compatible, as well as certain bureaucratic requirements that, if not observed, can cause financial losses and delay in the process”, warns lawyer Thiago Huver, specialist in validation processes of foreign diplomas in Portugal and partner of martins law firm Castro.
According to the lawyer, not only professionals who intend to live in Portugal have sought revalidation, but also those who intend to acquire international experience in their area of activity. “The time when having a higher education degree was a guarantee of a good job was behind us. Nowadays it is necessary more knowledge, experience and differentials to stand out, and international experience certainly makes a difference in the dispute for a good job”, says the lawyer.
With the diploma revalidated, professionals must register in their respective class councils and will then be able to fill the vacancies for their qualification. Those who go through the process still have another advantage: the revalidation is forever, does not expire, that is, the professional can validate the diploma and return to Portugal at another time. “It is worth mentioning that validation allows the practice of the profession in Portugal, but a residence permit will be required for the professional to be legalized in the country,” Huver said.
In addition, Portugal has taken advantage of other countries as a professional destination for Brazilians due to the ease of language, but it is important to highlight that the mastery of English guarantees even better opportunities, whether in the labor market or in dispute for scholarships. What is certain is that the aging of the Portuguese population and the lack of qualified professionals in certain areas represent an excellent opportunity and Brazilians are increasingly attentive to this.