Visa programs Portugal

Migration has been and always will be a fundamental source of our human development. Within “Schengen Europe” we are already benefiting from a free culture to live, learn, and work everywhere you like. Portugal has a pretty advanced visa program that allows highly qualified workers, startups, entrepreneurs, and investors from around the world to live and work in the country . 

If you are interested in moving to Europe, please find below more information about the respective visa programs in Portugal. Contact us if you have further questions!

Types of Visa programs in Portugal

ARI Visa (Golden Visa): The so-called golden visa program is a residence-by-investment program for non-EU nationals. The residence permit gives the right to live, work, and study in Portugal and allows free circulation in Europe’s Schengen Area for five years. The advantage if this program is that you only have to stay an average of seven days per year in Portugal over a five-year period. You can apply for citizenship eligibility after the complete five years.

D7 Visa: The D7 Visa – allows foreign non-EU nationals to live in Portugal on their own income, regardless of age. The visa was originally defined to attract retirees but has becomes also quite attractive for anybody that fulfills the low passive income threshold of 8460 Euro per 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.

D3 Visa: The D3 Visa is a visa aimed 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 is also 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.

D2 Visa: 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. 

Application

Golden Visa

ARI Investment Visa

D7 Visa

Retirees / Pension income

D3 Visa

IT, Scientists, Management Positions, Experts in intellectual and scientific activities

Startup Visa

Entrepreneur, Freelancer, or Independent Service. It’s a Visa for entrepreneurs with a focus on innovation, and entrepreneurship
(IAPMEI)

D2 Visa

Entrepreneurs

Minimum Investment Required (Only Golden Visa)

Golden Visa

€280.000

D7 Visa

€705 x 12 months

D3 Visa

€705 x 14 months

Startup Visa

€442,30 (IAS) x 12 months

D2 Visa

(€5,000+ Recommended) Business plan required

Passive Income Required

Golden Visa

D7 Visa

€8,460 for 1st applicant

Means of Subsistence

Golden Visa

D7 Visa

D3 Visa

€9,870

Startup Visa

€5,307,60

D2 Visa

€9,870

Approved Business Plan Required

Golden Visa

D7 Visa

D3 Visa

Startup Visa

D2 Visa

Application Process Timeline

Golden Visa

9-12 months

D7 Visa

4-6 months

D3 Visa

2-3 months

Startup Visa

3 months

D2 Visa

4-6 months

Family Reunification

Golden Visa

D7 Visa

D3 Visa

Startup Visa

D2 Visa

Path to Permanent Residency & Citizenship

Golden Visa

D7 Visa

D3 Visa

Startup Visa

D2 Visa

Minimum In-Country Stay Requirement per Year

Golden Visa

7 days

D7 Visa

6 months

D3 Visa

6 months

Startup Visa

Fully Flexible

D2 Visa

6 months

Portuguese Language Proficiency Required

Golden Visa

D7 Visa

D3 Visa

Startup Visa

D2 Visa

Live, Study & Work in Portugal

Golden Visa

D7 Visa

D3 Visa

Startup Visa

D2 Visa

NHR Program Eligibility

Golden Visa

D7 Visa

D3 Visa

Startup Visa

D2 Visa

Medical Insurance Required

Golden Visa

D7 Visa

D3 Visa

Startup Visa

D2 Visa

Local Personal Income Tax Payable

Golden Visa

D7 Visa

D3 Visa

Startup Visa

D2 Visa

Social Security Contribution Required

Golden Visa

D7 Visa

D3 Visa

Startup Visa

D2 Visa

Portuguese Tax Number (NIF) Required

Golden Visa

D7 Visa

D3 Visa

(in the first year the independent workers have an exemption)

Startup Visa

D2 Visa

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