Portugal Visas – the first thought that should be in your mind when thinking of moving to the country. Luckily, Portugal has a pretty advanced Visa program that allows qualified workers, entrepreneurs, retirees and investors from all around the world to live and work here.
According to the 2021 Immigration Report (RIFA), Portugal had nearly 700k immigrants out of its population of 10.3 million. A number that has been progressively growing since 2011, amounting to a 40% increase in that year.
While most of the immigrants in the 90s came from Ukraine, Brazil and PALOP countries, right now there are people from all over the world, including neighbouring EU countries, Australia and the US. If you are interested in joining them, you can find more information about the Visa programs in Portugal below. Contact us if you have further questions!
With the goal of making the process of applying for a visa to Portugal as easy, successful, and hassle-free as possible, Pearls of Portugal has created a special visa program in cooperation with legal partners that have been in the market for many years.
The D7 Visa allows foreign non-EU nationals to live in Portugal on their own income, regardless of age. The visa was originally made to attract retirees but has become also quite attractive for anybody that fulfils the low passive income threshold of 9.120€/year. This income can come from pensions, real estate rentals, and investments, among others. Salaries are no passive income.
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.
The D3 Visa is a visa made to attract highly qualified professionals to the Portuguese territory. The visa category offers fast-track processing and a clear path to obtaining Portuguese permanent residency and also makes you eligible after 5 years for Portuguese citizenship. With this, you will be able to live in Portugal with the same basic rights as a Portuguese citizen. You can use the public health system, banks system, and even travel freely through the countries of the Schengen area. You also have the possibility of applying for EU Blue Card, after complying with its requirements.
The D2 Visa allows entrepreneurs, freelancers, and independent service providers to live in Portugal. Applicants must prove that they either have founded a company operating in Portuguese territory or they have the financial resources to set up a company in Portugal. Besides the business capital, applicants should have a reliable business plan and in-depth research about future business in Portugal. Having knowledge of the business community in Portugal will always help.
The Digital Nomad Visa is aimed towards those who like to travel from country to country while remote working for a foreign company or being self-employed. As of 2023, it is valid for up to a year. However, it can be renewed after that. The main concern with this Visa is making sure you have enough earnings. Your income has to be higher than €3.040 – which is 4 times the national minimum wage – and you must provide proof of it.
The so-called Golden Visa program was a residence-by-investment program for non-EU nationals. The advantage of this program was that you only had to stay an average of seven days per year in Portugal over a five-year period. After much consideration by the Government, it was terminated in early 2023.
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