Work visa for Portugal
EU residents will not need a visa to move to Portugal, unlike residents of all other countries. Several types of Portuguese visas depend on the purpose of your stay, such as work visas and permits, visas for self-employment, or visas for family reunification. For example, you can apply for an EU blue card if you need a visa for a skilled worker. Non-EU citizens must request a residence permit after arriving in the country and can apply for permanent residency after five years.
To apply for a Portuguese visa, you must first find out if you need one. EU citizens do not need a visa or permit, but still, need to register with the local authorities. Non-EU citizens usually need a visa to enter the country and apply for a temporary residence permit upon arrival.
All visa applications and processes are handled by the SEF, Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras(Foreigners and Borders Service) so check with them as you will need to contact them for all your temporary or permanent residence permits. As of 2019, you can apply for a visa online through their electronic platform and schedule appointments to process your residency.
In most cases, a visa will cost about 80 euros ($88). You will also need to add the cost of a residency permit, which is about the same amount. The fees for a visa and a residence permit in Portugal for investment purposes are the most expensive, costing around €500-5,000 ($550-5,500) respectively.
In most cases, a visa and a residence permit for investment purposes are the most expensive, costing around €500-5,000 ($550-5,500) respectively.
Work visa Portugal. Work permits
The work permit and work visa is the first basic step of your move to Portugal. If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss national, you do not need a visa to enter the country – you just need your national ID card. All other third-country nationals will need to apply for a visa to enter Portugal.
On the whole, getting a visa to Portugal is not that difficult – the country is not considered the gateway to Europe for anything.
Portugal visa. Requirements
The exact way to apply for a visa depends on your nationality and the purpose of your stay. Generally, you need to apply for a visa to obtain a residence permit, a visa to authorize residency. This visa is valid for four months. During this period, you must enter the country (you are allowed two entries) and apply for a residence permit from the SEF, the Portuguese Immigration, and Border Authority.
The Portuguese work visa comes in several types that you can request to relocate:
- Employee residence permit (including sports).
- Residence permit for self-employment.
- Residence permit for entrepreneurs.
- Residence permits for highly skilled workers, teachers, or artists.
You must go to a Portuguese diplomatic mission or consulate abroad to apply for a visa. Know where to apply for a visa depending on your nationality or current place of residence. Alternatively, you can start the application process online at the SAPA portal, the automatic pre-planning system.
You will need to apply for a visa in Portugal.
You will need to meet the following requirements:
- You have not been convicted of a crime.
- You have not been banned from entering Portugal.
- You have not been banned from the Schengen Information System.
- You have not been banned from the SEF information system.
You will need to provide the following documents:
- portugal visa application form (available in Portuguese and English) passport valid for at least three months beyond your stay;
- two passport-sized photos;
- confirmation of your legal stay if you are applying from a country other than your country of origin;
- proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay, or a term of responsibility signed by a Portuguese citizen or resident.
In order to obtain a work visa, you will also need:
- signed employment contract (or promise of employment) or a demonstration of interest by the employer;
- application from the Institute for Vocational Education and Employment (IEFP), the Portuguese Institute for Employment and Training;
- confirmation of your qualifications for the job.
It is well known that bureaucratic processes in Portugal are slow and sometimes ridiculous. This is often the most frustrating aspect of immigration to Portugal. It is this frustrating aspect that MoveToCascais experts are here to help you with to make your first days in the new country easier. Fill out the form on our website for a free consultation.
So what are the costs of Portugal’s bureaucratic processes? For example, you may be asked to show a plane ticket or flight itinerary at the travel agency when applying for a visa, which is often not on the list of requirements. Thus, the embassy knows the exact period for which you need to issue a visa. Just in case it is better to ask in advance about all the requirements for you by e-mail or by calling the Portuguese embassy and the diplomatic mission at your place of residence.
New changes have streamlined the immigration process
Some recent changes to the Portuguese immigration process will make it easier to apply for a residency permit or an extension of stay in the country:
- You no longer need to have a criminal record certificate before applying to the SEF. On the day of admission, you simply need to submit to the SEF for access to your registration, so you no longer need to contact the Portuguese criminal record services in advance. (Please keep in mind that this may not be the case for all citizens entering the country from outside the EU).
- When you apply for a visa, you will be automatically scheduled for an appointment with the SEF. You simply need to inform your consulate or embassy of the date you plan to travel to Portugal.
- You will be able to make an appointment with any SEF office or regional delegation, regardless of your region of residence.
- SEF will reuse documents already in their possession, avoiding unnecessary visits to SEF offices.
- You can renew your residency permit or ask for an extension of stay completely online if you register on the SEF portal at MySEF.
- Immigrants who cannot prove their legal entry into Portugal can have their immigration status resolved under the exceptional regime for humanitarian reasons. They must meet all statutory requirements and have worked in Portugal for more than one year, contributing to the social security system.
- All documents drawn up in a foreign language must be accompanied by a notarized translation into Portuguese.
How much do Portuguese work visas cost?
It costs €83 ($91) to apply for a long-term work visa. It costs 72 EUR (79 USD) to issue a residence permit for this type of visa.
If you want to apply for an EU blue card, it will cost 107 EUR (117 USD), to which you will add 100 EUR (110 USD) for a residence permit once the visa is approved.
You may have to pay 17 EUR (18 USD) for photocopies of certificates or other documents.
Business visa in Portugal
If you need a shorter business visa, you can apply for a business visa for the following purposes: seasonal work, self-employment, high-skilled activities (such as research, lecturing, etc.), transfer between headquarters or offices (must have been with the company for at least one year).
To apply for this visa, you must go to a consular office and provide the documents listed above. Alternatively, you can apply through the SAPA portal.