Foreign degree recognition or equivalency
How to validate a Law degree in Portugal?
The professionals who have a portuguese degree (or a degree with equivalency obtained in the country) may work normally in all european territory, so long as they “fulfill every other condition to the exercise of the profession demanded by the government authorities and competent employees”, which means having subscribed to the according Order or Class Council acknowledged in the country where the immigrant will work.
Many people still have doubts on re-validating their degrees in portuguese universities. To have your diploma recognized it i necessary to follow the same procedure for every profession (find a course with a similar curriculum and start the process).
The brazilian lawyer who wishes to work as such in Portugal must subscribe to the Ordem dos Advogados de Portugal. Besides, the lawyer must have legal residence in Portugal (expedited by the SEF, Foreigners and Borders Service) or know a portuguese lawyer who can take vouch and take responsibility for the brazilian professional.
Does a brazilian engineer need to validate their degree to work in Portugal?
The same way as doctors and lawyers, brazilian engineers who wish to work in Portugal must associate themselves with the country’s Engineers’ Order. Those who already have more than 5 years of experience, in case they are approved in the curricular evaluation, may become an immediate and effective member of the Order.
Individual curricular evaluation: when this evaluation indicates flaws or lack of experience in areas considered essential to the exercise of the profession and engineering field the candidate intends on working, they will have to go through a knowledge, aptitude and competence test.
The candidates approved in the admissions tests are registered as intern members and must do internships in the terms foreseen in the Engineers’ Order Internship Rules.
The candidates approved in the admissions tests who have more than a five year professional experience may, to become effective members, require to be dismissed from the internships.
Being a doctor in Portugal
The equivalence of a medical degree in Portugal can be made for those who have a regular undergraduate degree in Medicine or already have a masters degree in the area.
Even though this procedure grants the equivalence to a masters title, it isn’t necessary for the candidate to actually have a previous masters degree in Brazil. They can obtain the title through published articles or researches presented in congresses, as a way to value doctors who invest in scientific researches.
According to the Doctors’ Order in Portugal, those who intend on working as doctors in the country must subscribe to the order, but, before, have their degrees properly recognized or have obtained the medicine course equivalence in an institution the Order acknowledges.
Validating the degree in other health related areas: nurse, dentist, veterinarian etc.
In Portugal, the degree recognition for professions in the health area, other than doctors, such as dentists, nurses, pharmacists and veterinarians, is regulated by the 2005/35/CE directive of the European Union. According to the articles 46 and 47 of the Agreement of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance, the conditions applied to the EU citizens on recognizing the professional qualifications of the mentioned areas are extended to brazilian citizens.