Last updated on November 2nd, 2021

Portugal Visa Types:
The Definitive Guide

You have a few possible options that may be helpful in providing you with a way to live in Portugal. 

Here are six ways that you could get a visa or a residency permit in Portugal:

Portugal Self-Employment Visa

You need to prove that you’re working with or planning to work with Portuguese companies in order to apply for the Self-Employment Visa in Portugal.

If you have a contract or a written proposal with a Portuguese company, it may be sufficient. This is an ideal opportunity to obtain a freelancer visa in Europe.

You need to get a NIF (a tax number) in Portugal.  Once you become a full-time resident in Portugal, you would pay taxes on your worldwide income there. 

This visa would give you the right to live and work in Portugal and travel freely within the Schengen countries. 

The initial visa lasts for two years. Once you renew at the end of the two years, the subsequent visas are valid for three years each.  At the end of five years, you may apply for permanent residence in Portugal.

To learn more, check out our article about the Portugal Self-Employment Visa for Digital Nomads and Freelancers.

D2 Visa: Portugal Startup Visa for Entrepreneurs

The Portuguese government incentivizes entrepreneurs to pursue their startup journeys in Portugal.  In order to get a startup visa in Portugal, you need to submit a business plan and establish an enterprise within the country.

Make sure you come up with an innovative and original idea. The main purpose is to attract disruptors and innovators, so if you are planning to open up a traditional business, this visa may not be suitable for you.

Learn more about Portugal Startup Visa here.

D3 Visa: Portugal Qualified Worker Visa

D3 Visa is the residence permit for highly qualified individuals in particular activities.  If you have specialized technical skills or an exceptional qualification, you may be eligible for this type of visa in Portugal

In order to qualify, you need to fit one of the below three criteria:

  1. Have an employment contract or employment offer for at least a one-year duration, with an annual compensation of at least 1,5 times the national average gross annual salary,
  2. Hold high professional qualifications in regulated professions, duly proven,
  3. Hold high professional qualifications appropriate to the activity or sector, in non-regulated professions.

D7 Visa: Retiree Visa or Passive Income Holder Visa

The D7 Visa allows is popular among retirees and other passive income holders.  If you are either one of these two groups and you have proof of passive income that will allow you to live in Portugal, you may apply for a D7 residence visa.

For more information, check out our article on the Portugal D7 Visa.

Portugal Tech Visa

Portugal Tech Visa is a certification that targets companies with headquarters or permanent offices in Portugal. Through this visa, the country can easily grant a visa or a residence permit to qualified workers from countries outside of the EU.  

Portugal enabled this program in order to make the country more attractive to innovative startups and tech companies, which in turn results in a stronger economy for the country overall.

Portugal Golden Visa

Portugal allows investors to make a qualifying investment in the country and obtain a residence permit in exchange.  The Portuguese Golden Visa enables the investors to live and work in Portugal and travel freely across the Schengen countries.

The applicants can also spread the benefits to their family members.  In five years, the Golden Visa holders are eligible to apply for citizenship in Portugal.

To learn more about the program, check out our guide on the Portugal Golden Visa.

Family Member of a Portuguese Resident

If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen with a family member that has a residence permit in Portugal, you may be eligible to get a residence permit yourself.  

Family members who can apply for a resident certificate are:

  1. Spouse,
  2. Children up to 21 years old or,
  3. Dependent Children over 21,
  4. Dependent Parents who are still dependent,

of the resident in Portugal.

As listed above, there are many ways to acquire a visa or a residence permit in Portugal, besides a typical Schengen tourist visa.

We hope this was helpful and that one of these methods fit your case.  Enjoy moving to and living in Portugal, it sure is charming. 

E-Residency of Portugal

The Portuguese Government is working on an e-Resident program similar to that of e-Residency in Estonia.

The program will target digital nomads, freelancers, and international entrepreneurs.  It will make it easier to set up a virtual company and use government services in Portugal.

To read more about the program, check out our article on e-Residency in Portugal.