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Portugal is a country renowned for its high quality of life and excellent living standards. With its warm climate, stunning coastline, and rich cultural heritage, Portugal consistently ranks as one of the best places to live and work in the world.

In recent years, Portugal has received global recognition for its low cost of living, affordable healthcare system, and strong economy. It’s also known for its vibrant scenes and welcoming environment for international residents, making it an attractive destination for those looking to live, work, and thrive abroad.

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The timeline for the approval/rejection on the application for a residence visa, unless otherwise provided by law, is 60 days.

This type of visa is for stays longer than one year .

Visa for professionals who have already received a job offer, with a time exceeding one year. It is important to emphasize that it will also be necessary to declare the IEFP (Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional), which will be sent by the hiring company and serves to affirm that the vacancy was previously disclosed, but was not occupied by any Portuguese or member of the European Union .

The D1 visa applies when the foreigner applicant already has a job offer and it’s not to seeking a job in Portuguese territory.

General Required Documentation:

  • Application in proper template;
  • Passport or other travel document valid for 3 months beyond the duration of the intended stay;
  • Two recent, identical passport-type photographs, in good condition to identify the applicant;
  • Valid travel insurance
  • Airport transit visa applicants.
  • Proof of regular status if you are a national of a country other than the one where you are applying for a visa;
  • Request for consultation of the Portuguese criminal record by the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF);
  • Criminal record certificate from the country of origin or from the country where the applicant has been residing for more than one year (minors under 16 years of age are exempt from presenting documents relating to criminal record);
  • Proof of the existence of means of subsistence as defined by an ordinance from the relevant members of the Government.
  • Proof of housing conditions;

If you are an entrepreneur,  independent service provider  looking to reside in Portugal, you might be eligible for a Portugal D2 Visa. You must show that you either have set up a company operating in Portuguese territory or that you have the financial resources in Portugal that demonstrate you can set up a company in Portugal. You can obtain these financial resources through a proof of loan from a Portuguese bank. There is no official amount that you need, but the recommended amount is at least €5,000.

With the D2 Visa, you do not need to leave your family behind. With this visa, you can live with your family and they will have the same residency rights as you. This includes a spouse, minor siblings, dependent children under the age of 18.

Non-EU citizens with higher education or higher professional technical qualifications – who have a work contract or a promise of work contract for at least 12 months, which must state the position and the qualified specialty – are eligible to apply for a D3 visa.

The residence permit will be valid for 2 years, renewable for another 3 years. And yes, the applicant’s family may join them through the Family Reunification process foreseen in the law.

After residing in Portugal for 5 years, the applicant may apply for both Portuguese citizenship and Portuguese passport.

General Documentation required:

  • Application in proper template;
  • Passport or other travel document valid for 3 months beyond the duration of the intended stay;
  • Two recent, identical passport-type photographs, in good condition to
  • identify the applicant;
  • Valid travel insurance to cover necessary expenses for medical reasons, including urgent medical assistance and possible repatriation;
  • Proof of regular status if you are a national of a country other than the one where you are applying for a visa;
  • Request for consultation of the Portuguese criminal record by the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF);
  • Criminal record certificate from the country of origin or from the country where the applicant has been residing for more than one year (minors under 16 years of age are exempt from presenting documents relating to criminal record);
  • Proof of the existence of means of subsistence as defined by an ordinance from the relevant members of the Government.
  • Evidence of the possession of means of subsistence can also be made by presenting a term of responsibility, signed by a national citizen or a qualified foreign citizen, with a residence document in Portugal;
  • Proof of housing conditions;

 

The D7 visa is a residence visa that is intended to enable the holder to obtain a residence permit in Portugal the D7 visa enables the respective holder to obtain a residence permit in Portugal for a period of one year, which can then be renewed for successive periods of 2 years and can be converted into a permanent residence permit after 5 years. Pensioners, retired foreign citizens or other foreigners living off of a recognized stable income, such as movable property, real estate, intellectual property or financial investments may apply for D7 Portuguese Visa. D7 Visa allows foreigner citizens, who wish to reside in Portugal as retirees or live on their own income, regardless of age provided that they can prove to have sufficient income to provide them with means of livelihood.

This income can come from pensions, real estate rentals, investments, among others.

General Requirements:

Since, D7 is a passive income visa, the applicant must provide proof that you have income that allows you to live in Portugal. To be eligible, you must have income or pensions amounting for 12 months:

€8.400 for the primary applicant;
€4.200 for accompanying spouse;
€2.160 per children.
You must provide 6-months of bank statements.
Other required documents include:
– Passport or other valid travel document.
– Valid travel insurance, with coverage for all medical expenses.
– Certificate of criminal records issued by his/her home country of origin.
– Proof that the applicant has adequate accommodation.
– Proof of health insurance coverage.

The “Golden Visa” regime opens the possibility of non-EU citizens applying for a residence permit by pursuing investment activities in Portugal (e.g.: real estate, financial, artistic, intellectual property and creation of employment).

The investors can live and work in Portugal and extend these rights to their family members.

Holders of residence permits are entitled, in Portugal, to education, to work on an employed or self-employed basis, to vocational training, to access healthcare and to Portuguese courts.

Investments Requirements:

In order to be eligible for a Golden Visa, the non-EU citizen must carry out an investment activity in Portugal. The real estate investment requirements are the following:

  • Acquisition of property(ies) in an amount equal to or greater than 500 000,00€;
  • Acquisition of property(ies) built for at least 30 years and/or located in an urban rehabilitation area and performance of rehabilitation works in a global amount equal to or greater than 350 000,00€.

 

 

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