I had dreamed of moving to Portugal for a long time. But something always stopped me. In my home country, I had a business, not bad enough, my children were in school, and my wife had a stable job. But when another crisis started in the country, it was as if everything stopped. One day I woke up thinking that it was time to change something. My wife was completely supportive, and my children were even excited about the opportunity to move to another country. So it was just a matter of deciding where to go and collecting documents.
How we moved to Portugal with kids: personal experience
So, the first thing I started with was getting down to the question of exactly how to immigrate to this country. Started to explore all the possible options to eventually choose the most suitable one.
I began to explore all the options.
So, the first option involved reuniting with the family. It was a good way to go. But it was not for us, because we never had family in Portugal. By the way, in case anyone is considering this option, it is worth noting that the number of relatives to be reunited with, the Portuguese include children, spouses, brothers, and sisters.
The second option is a startup. It can be opened by any entrepreneur. But there are small conditions. First, there must not be any problems with the law. Secondly, it must not reside in the Schengen countries. By the way, this option is especially good for those who use modern technology and are willing to create jobs. But I discarded this option as well.
Another category of people who have the full right to obtain a residence permit in Portugal – is investors. All that is required is to buy a piece of property, the value of which is not less than 500,000 euros. It can be an apartment, a villa, and the like. It is also possible to contribute to the reconstruction of the building, in which case the amount will be lower – from 35 000 euros. You can invest in the business or economy of the country.
Students have the right to reside in Portugal – those who study in this country. But I had no plans to go to university. So I decided on the last option, the most acceptable to me – business. The most popular direction in the country is tourism. And here I could feel like a fish in water. After all, in my homeland, I was in the tourism business, so I knew all the ins and outs and was ready to do this business. Of course, this is not the only direction that entrepreneurs can choose. You can also engage in poultry farming, grow fruit, and olives – whatever is closest to you. I, on the other hand, decided that I would continue the business I had started in my homeland. But before opening my travel agency, I had to work for some time in a Portuguese company.
First, I tried to organize the move on my own. But it turned out to be more difficult than I thought. Of course, there was a lot of information, but I could not pull it all together. And if the city we have decided (always dreamed of Lisbon), with everything else was uncertain. For example, very worried about the question related to school. Of course, we were leaving at the beginning of summer, but starting in the fall it was necessary to accommodate our son and daughter.
Some sleepless nights searching for a solution, and I gave up. I decided I needed to seek professional help. I remembered that my acquaintances when they were moving, cooperated with a consulting agency movetocascais. I found their contacts, I contacted them, and I can say I forgot about all the problems.
First of all, we were given a list of all the documents that we had to collect and told what should be done soon. In general, with the help of specialists, everything went quickly and smoothly. By the way, they also told us about the education system in Portugal.
What documents do I need?
Perhaps the most difficult task is to collect the necessary documents. Be prepared that they will have to tinker with, and run through the necessary authorities to collect all the papers. First of all, the list includes a signed employment contract or job offer. Such an offer I found, to do it was not difficult. By education, I am a programmer, for some time I successfully worked in my specialty and even have some good references. Therefore, I did not have any particular difficulties in finding a job. As for my wife, then initially she went on a tourist visa. But soon after was able to find a good job right there. She holds a degree in design and speaks several foreign languages.
In addition to the invitation to work, you’ll need the following documents:
certificate of criminal record;
a bank statement that proves you have funds;
confirmation of the qualifications that are mentioned in the job offer.
Naturally, we need passports for each family member traveling to Portugal. Having collected the documents, we queued up to take the biometric. After this procedure, we have to wait a few months. Then we received a notice of approval. Then we packed our bags and prepared for the move.
Where to find a job?
As noted, I was going to Portugal on a work visa, so it was only a question of finding a job for my wife. With a tourist visa, she entered the country without any problems. And on the spot, she began to look for a suitable option to earn money.
Even though unemployment is rampant in the country, it is possible to find a decent job, especially with higher education. Since we originally planned to stay here permanently, the search has been difficult. We were warned right away that illegal work would not do because violations of labor laws are severely punished and can lead to deportation.
To obtain a work visa and residence permit, my wife had to find an employer and sign an official contract with him with spelled out rights and responsibilities. This not only guarantees that you will not be deported but also guarantees your social security, as insurance payments will be deducted from your salary.
My wife took a job as an English translator at a small company. After that, she applied for a one-month residence permit. The next residence permit we received together for two years. And after we had lived in Portugal for 5 years we applied for permanent residency.
This is our personal experience. As for the rest, there are several options for finding a job. First, it is best to look for a job while at home, and already with a call (invitation) go to the country. The next is to follow my experience.
You can also come on a tourist visa and while in Portugal, find suitable accommodation and buy it. About this option, I told a few above. According to the notarial deed you can stay in the country. In the meantime, enroll in language courses, learn to speak, and find a job according to your professional level.
If you have a degree in a profession that is in demand (medicine, construction, architecture, IT), you can safely count on a well-paid job. But knowledge of the language is a prerequisite. If you do not have such an education, but you know the language, it is easy to get an administrative position. And those who do not have a degree can be offered work in construction, agriculture, etc.
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