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If you intend to come and live in Portugal, either for a while or indefinitely, you will need to apply for a visa, which authorizes your entry into the country.

You also can move to Portugal to study, work or retirement. 

Whenever you intend to spend more than 90 days in Portugal, and do not have European citizenship, you will need to apply for a visa. The type chosen will depend on what you are doing in the country and also how long you will be staying.

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There are visas for studies (short or long term), for work, for retirees and people with their own income and for people who wish to invest in Portugal.

Types of visa for Portugal

So that you know which visa to take to live in Portugal, let's clarify that there are 3 categories of visas: temporary stay visa, residence visa and Schengen visa.

Temporary stay visa

This visa is intended for people who will stay in Portugal for up to 12 months. It can be applied to various purposes, such as:

Medical treatment;

Accompaniment of family members in medical treatment;

Independent work;

Seasonal work (over 90 days);

Participation in professional training activities;

Sports activity;

Participation in scientific research activity;

Short courses or exchange programs.

Residence visa to Portugal

It is the right option for people who will stay in Portugal for a period of 1 year or more. Some situations that may apply to the residence visa application are:

Study (with a period of 1 year or more);

Independent work;

Research in a Portuguese scientific institution;

Participation in a volunteer program;

Retirees and people with their own income.

Schengen visa

The Schengen visa is intended for people coming from third countries who need a short-term visa (up to 90 days) to enter Portugal. This visa does not cover Brazilian citizens, as entry for periods of up to 90 days for Brazilian nationals does not require a visa application.

Now let's explain the main types of visas that can be applied for in Portugal.

Main visas for Portugal

There are several types of visas for Portugal. Below we present in detail each of the main types of visas for living in Portugal.

D7 Visa - Own Income Visa

The own income visa (D7) is suitable for people with their own income and who can support themselves in Portugal, such as retirees or people who have income from financial investments, intellectual property (such as copyright) income from assets furniture or real estate.

To get a visa, you must prove a minimum income, depending on the number of people in the family. The minimum yields that must be proven are:

1st adult (visa applicant) 100% of the minimum wage

2nd adult 50% of the minimum wage

Every child or young person under the age of 18%, 30% of the minimum wage

These are the minimum values ??for the visa to be approved. The Portuguese Government requires the interested party to prove the minimum amount necessary for one year, available in a Portuguese bank account. If you are willing to prove a higher income, you must do so.

Here you can access the list of documents required for a D7 visa.

If you are retired and want to live in Portugal you can do it.
D4 Visa - Study Visa

The study visa (D4) is suitable for people who come to study in higher education (undergraduate, masters and doctoral), and also applies to exchange students and for professional internships.

Must apply for this visa if you are going to stay in the country for more than 1 year. For courses with a shorter duration (between 3 months and 1 year), the correct visa is a temporary stay for study.

In addition to the basic documentation required for the D4 visa, you must provide proof of the activity you will be doing. If you were accepted at a Portuguese university, for example, you must send the institution's acceptance letter.

Work visa - subordinate or independent

To obtain a work visa, please visit ou must have an employment contract or a promise of employment contract in Portugal. Therefore, before applying, you need to find job openings that suit your profession and apply.

Pay attention: to apply for this visa, it is essential to have, at least, the promise of a work contract in the country. The proof must be provided by a document (contract or promise of contract) issued by the company you will work for.

D2 Visa – Entrepreneur Visa

This D2 visa is intended for immigrants who intend to open a business in Portugal. To obtain a visa, it is necessary to prove that the intended activity is relevant to the country.

In addition, it is also necessary to demonstrate that you have the financial capacity for the project during the time you will be living in the country.

In the case of the entrepreneur visa, it is necessary to present the basic documentation of the visa application and the documents related to the business, such as proof of investment and company registration (if it already exists).

If the company is not yet in operation, it is necessary to prove the intention to invest in the country, together with financial proof.

If this is the case, gather the D2 visa documentation and submit the visa application.

D3 Visa - Visa for highly qualified professionals

The D3 visa is intended for professionals who come to work in Portugal and are considered highly qualified. The highly qualified activities are:

Managerial positions: this category includes company directors, executives, professionals who work in senior public administration, administrative managers, among others;

Specialists in scientific and intellectual activities: professionals in health, scientific, IT, engineers, professors, specialists in culture or legal matters, for example.

StartUP Visa

StartUp Visa is the right option for immigrants who intend to open an innovative company in the country.

The process of obtaining this visa is a little different from others. The first step is to be approved by a Portuguese incubator, which will receive and monitor the development of your project.

If the project passes the selection, you can come to Portugal, and then you can apply for a Residence Permit at the SEF. Don't forget to check all the necessary documentation for StartUp Visa.

Golden Visa

Golden Visa is an Investment Activity Residence Permit (ARI). It is intended for people who make large investments in Portugal. When investing in the country and applying for a visa, the investor receives a Residence Permit to live here.

To be able to apply for this visa, it is necessary to make high investments in any of the cases provided for by law. Please note that only after the investment has been made, the order must be placed.

The investments listed in the law are as follows:

Property purchase;

Purchase of property in a rehabilitation area, at least 30 years old (renovation)

Investment in investment funds or venture capital;

Transfer of capital;

Creation of a commercial company and creation of 5 job vacancies;

Investment with creation of 10 jobs;

Financing of scientific research and research;

Support for artistic production or maintenance of national heritage..

To place the order, it is necessary to make a mandatory registration in the ARI Portal, of the SEF.

Changes to Golden Visa

At the end of 2020, some changes were approved for real estate investments, one of the chances of acquiring Golden Visa – and the champion of requests.

The changes are not yet in effect, but Porto and Lisbon will soon be out of the program for real estate investments. As these cities have already received a lot of foreign investment in recent years, now the government intends to encourage investments in other regions of the country.

How to get a visa for Portugal?

To apply for a visa for Portugal, the first step is to check which type is suitable for your situation. Once you know the correct visa, you should check the requirements and documents needed.

Step by step to apply for a visa

To ensure that your visa application will be error-free, please follow these steps:

Read the visa application process instructions and be aware of all details provided by the company (you must strictly follow the company's procedures);

Choose the type of visa that suits your case and carefully check the required documentation;

Gather all documents as requested (originals and copies, when necessary);


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