Want to work in Portugal but don't know how to proceed? We Pt is here to help you!

Well, the first thing needed is to get a work visa. It is through this visa that you will be able to enter and remain legally in the country.

The Work Visa is just the first of several steps to legally reside in Portugal. After arriving in the country, a visit to the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) is required to apply for a residence permit.

But how to get a work visa?

First, you must have a job opportunity (can be proven with a promise or employment contract), and with that you should make a visit to the Consulate of Portugal closest to your residence with the following documents:

  1. Working Contract (with working hours, job title, job title, employer name, etc.)
  2. EFI Statement (Company Responsibility)
  3. VISA application declaration
  4. Passport valid for more than 3 months
  5. Subsistence means (for example, pay slips)
  6. Proof of accommodation (one week hotel reservation, for example)
  7. Travel Health Insurance
  8. Criminal background certificate
  9. Two recent flat color 3 × 4 photos
  10. Copy of Identity notarized by a notary authorized by the Portuguese Consulate
  11. International Vaccination Card (which can be requested at the airport)

The deadline for visa response ranges from 30 to 90 business days.

There are several types of work visas, depending on the terms of the activity you are going to perform.They are:

1 - D1 visa (for subordinate professional activity)

As stated in article 59 of the immigration legislation in Portugal, “The granting of a visa to obtain a residence permit for the exercise of subordinate professional activity depends on the existence of job opportunities, not filled by Portuguese nationals, workers who are nationals of Member States of the Union. European Economic Area, of a third State with which the European Community has concluded an agreement on the free movement of persons, and by workers who are nationals of third States legally resident in Portugal. ?

In summary, the main requirements are:

  1. Have employment contract with Portuguese employer and
  2. Prove professional qualifications through documents.

Its emission usually takes a little while, usually reaching 3 (three) months

2 - D2 visa (for service providers)

This visa is focused (as its name says) on service providers such as doctors and lawyers. It is a visa that has a more bureaucratic process, because the professional must fulfill some conditions that are required, according to the profession.

It also has a maximum of 90 days to get ready

3 - Visa D3 (for highly qualified professional activity)

This visa was made for foreign professionals with high qualifications. These qualifications must be in accordance with Law No. 9/2009. It is essential to read the conditions carefully before making the D3 visa application official. If the profession is not regulated in Portugal, the foreign citizen will have to prove that he has the qualifications required to work in the sector specified in the employment contract.

This visa is different, so it is usually faster, because it has a shorter time to get ready (the maximum time is 30 days)

In summary, the main requirements are:
  1. Work contract valid with a Portuguese company, lasting a minimum of one year.
  2. The annual remuneration is at least 1.5 times the average monthly gross salary.
4 - Seasonal Work Visa

In this visa, the name is also self explanatory. It is a visa for people who want to work in Portugal seasonally, and that is precisely why the visa has a duration of three to nine months.

In this visa, the deadline is also shorter to be ready, being at most 60 days.

The main requirement for this visa is to have a temporary job offer in Portugal

5 - Visa for self-employment (entrepreneur visa)

This visa is also classified as D2. It is intended for people who want to work on their own in Portugal, and for this they must prove investment operations in the country and present a business plan and Register of incorporation

The deadline to get ready is 90 days

After getting the visa, What's the procedure?

It has to be borne in mind that the residence visa is not enough to work legally in Portugal. It is just the gateway. After you land in the country, you must report to the agency in person (within 3 business days) as well as schedule SEF service requesting your residence permit.

The same documentation, which was requested for the visa, needs to be submitted again for the residence permit to be issued.

You can take advantage of the obligation to attend SEF as soon as you arrive (which is usually at the Citizen's Store) to make your Tax Number (NIF). This document is essential for opening a bank account and income tax, so it works like a social security number

If you have any questions about visas, or want a personalized service that increases your chances of successful visa application and moving to Portugal, please contact us.