This visa is aimed at entrepreneurs and investors who have an idea for a startup that they want to develop over a 3 year period with the help of masters and PHD students from leading Portuguese universities.
Although this visa has some similarities with other visas, like the D2 and Golden Visas, it is uniquely suited to investors, entrepreneurs, and high-earners with €175,000 who are willing to invest in a startup idea.
Portugal’s HQA visa program is suited to projects that require research and development, for at least 3 years, rather than something that can be brought to market immediately
If you qualify and this visa is suited to you then it’s worth looking into as the visa is the fastest way to obtain residency in Portugal and therefore the fastest way for non-EU citizens to get to the citizenship application stage.
The Portugal HQA Visa is not just limited to investors and entrepreneurs, it is open to professionals who do not need to have a business background. One of the key requirements is having an idea for a business that needs research and development.
Another key requirements is being able to demonstrate your professional background and qualifications
Benefits of the HQA Visa
In terms of requirements, the main requirement is whether or not you have a strong idea or interest in a market which you feel has opportunities. There is a strict vetting process, which is designed to weed out those that just want to buy their residency (and eventually, citizenship) for €175,000.