Amending for the first time Regulating Decree No. 84/2007, of 5 November, laying down the rules of implementation of Law No. 23/2007 of 4 July, which enacted the legal framework of the entry, departure and expulsion of foreign nationals from Portuguese territory.

This legislation contains mostly changes in terminology or amendments resulting from the need to harmonise Regulating Decree with Law No. 29/2012 of 9 August, which amended Law 23/2007 of 4 July.

Among the changes introduced by this Regulating Decree, noteworthy is the introduction of the regulation on the new residence permit, called European Union Blue Card, which governs the conditions of entry and residence of citizens of a third country for the purposes of highly qualified jobs.