The Portugal D2 Visa, also known as the Entrepreneur Visa, is aimed at providing residence authorization to non-EU entrepreneurs, freelancers and independent workers.
For the D2 Visa to be granted you must make investment operations in Portugal or prove to have financial means available in the country. This mostly applies to people either opening up a new company in Portugal, or a branch of their already existing business.
With the D2 visa, you can apply for and receive the Portuguese Residence Permit, which will allow you to live, reside and work in the country for 1 year. This permit can be renewed for two successive periods of 2 years – as long as the applicant proves the continuity of their professional activities. After these first 5 years of legally authorized residence, you can request Portuguese nationality.
For freelancers and liberal professionals:
If you plan on bringing your business to Portugal, the evaluators will take into account the conditions and the potential of the company’s contribution to the country. You must prove your organization’s value through the following elements:
The D2 Visa application will be assessed by taking into account the economic, social, scientific, technological and cultural relevance of the investment. The perspective of the creation of jobs in Portugal will also count in your favor.
The Golden Visa was previously the designated Portuguese Visa for residency through real estate investment; however, in 2023, the conditions for this Visa were altered by the Government and, currently, you can no longer invest in real estate through the Golden Visa. But, luckily, there are ways around these new measures – one of them being the D2 Visa.
As explained, the key to getting your D2 Visa in Portugal is opening a company in the country – or a branch of your already existing business. There’s no legislation around the category of company you can open, meaning that investment in real estate firms is allowed through the D2. This is definitely something you’ll have to look over with a lawyer and advisor, though. Luckily, at Pearls of Portugal, our Carefree Visa Program takes care of all of these questions for you!
The time it takes to analyze the request is, on average, 90 days. Your D2 Visa allows you to stay for 4 months in Portugal, during which time you must schedule an appointment with the SEF to get a valid Portuguese residency.
You can apply for the D2 visa either in the Portuguese consulate of your home country or through the E-Visa Portal. You can then book an appointment with SEF to be interviewed and register your biometric data.
1. Submission of Visa application
2. Visa Application Follow-up
3. Services after obtaining the Visa
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