"The number of requests for recognition of nationality remains stable, with 600 being a month, and on the other hand, we have reduced the number of visas and, as a result, we have more human resources to deal with nationality," he told Lusa Paulo Nascimento, the Portuguese Consul General in São Paulo.
"The analysis [dos pedidos de nacionalidade] is shortening, but the volume of entries is very high (…) We have more than two thousand requests, "he added.
The representative of the Portuguese government repeated that the paralysis of the process of recognizing Portuguese citizenship at the Consulate General in Sao Paulo and at the consulate of Santos, announced in October and canceled in early November, was caused by the excess demand.
"The situation is briefly explained. In 2018, we had a huge increase in visa applications for Portugal, of course, Brazilian students, so there was great pressure on the consulate to issue visas for training," he said.
According to Paulo Nassimento, training visas are more urgent as students are waiting for travel permits to go to Portugal and attend courses in which they are already enrolled.
"Consulate General of Portugal [em São Paulo] has decided to direct human resources to exploratory visa offices and to stop the entry of national processes so that they do not wait without treatment, "he explained.
"Lisbon has affected additional human resources at the Consulate General in Sao Paulo and we have resumed the candidacy for nationality, so both things work normally," he added.
Portugal's ambassador to Brazil, Jorge Diaz Cabral, has already acknowledged the need to invest in consulates in the South American country, given the rising demand.
"Consular network in Brazil has difficulty answering [à procura] because we have not yet left a period in which, for reasons of financial and economic constraint – Portugal has been in a very difficult situation for many years – there was a reduction in human resources, "he said.
"This government is making efforts to fill human resources in consular networks such as Brazil where they are absolutely necessary, but this process can not be done from one day to the next," he concluded.