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Visa for Digital Nomads

Correct as of March 2024, reading time: 5 minutes

Digital Nomad Visas are designed for all foreign citizens, who are not nationals of EU Member States, the European Economic Area and Switzerland, who intend to reside in Portugal working (as employee or self-employee) for a foreign company. Now that we’ve discussed who qualifies for Digital Nomad Visas in Portugal, let’s delve into the essential eligibility criteria you must satisfy to turn your dream of living in Portugal into a reality.

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For Employees

Residence visa applications for digital nomads (for the exercise of professional activity remotely to an

entity located outside national territory), should be accompanied by the following documents:

In the case of Employees, you should submit one of the following documents:

  • A work contract
  • A promise of employment contract
  • A declaration from the employer confirming the employment relationship

For Self-Employed

Regarding the self-employed, one of the following documents must be provided:

  • Articles of association
  • Service provision contract
  • Written proposal for a contract for the provision of services
  • Document demonstrating the services provided to one or more entities

However, in both situations it is required to submit proof of average monthly income earned in the last three months in the exercise of a subordinate professional or independent activity of a minimum value equivalent to four guaranteed minimum monthly remunerations. 

The minimum value for 2022 is €2820

Residency Visa Essentials

In order to apply for a Residence Visa, you must submit your application to the Embassy, Consular Post, or Visa Application Center in your country of origin or in the country where you are legally residing. It’s essential to follow the appropriate application process based on your location.

The Residence Visa grants its holder the privilege of obtaining a Temporary Residence Permit from Portugal’s Foreign and Border Services Department (SEF) and also allows for the application of Family Reunification.

  • Initially, the Visa is valid for four months, during which the Visa holder must travel to Portugal and request the conversion of the Visa into a Temporary Residence Permit with SEF. 
  • A Temporary Residence Permit is valid for two years and is renewable for additional three-year periods.
  • If you hold a Temporary Residence Permit you are required to remain in the country for no more than six consecutive months or eight alternating months throughout the permit’s total validity period.

Once your Residence Permit is issued, the request of Family Reunification can be submitted for:

  • A spouse or unmarried partner
  • Adult children who are single, studying in national territory and who are dependent of the couple or one of the spouses
  • The minors and the adopted minors
  • Parents/in laws that are under the guardianship of the resident
  • Minor siblings that are under the guardianship of the resident.