Moving to Portugal: Portuguese visas and residency permits

Moving to Portugal: Portuguese visas and residency permits

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Here is a brief look at visa and residence permit requirements for living in Portugal.

Visas for Portugal
Portugal is part of the Schengen Area, made up of a group of 25 European countries that have abolished all border controls between them. The countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. With a Schengen visa, you are able to travel freely amongst these countries.

Who requires a visa for Portugal?
In order to enter you may need a visa and a passport, or just an identity card. Nationals from the EU, Switzerland, Andorra, and Liechtenstein will only need their identity cards. For everyone else, a passport must be valid for at least six months after entry into Portugal.

Only EU nationals and citizens of the following countries are able to stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days without a visa;
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA, Vatican City and Venezuela.

On entry, they may check that you have enough finances for the duration of your stay. They may also ask to see a return ticket, or at least proof that you can afford to buy one.

EU nationals are allowed to enter the country for three months with the aim of finding a job or setting up a business. Once hired, EU nationals will have the same rights as Portuguese workers.

If you are still unsure about whether or not you will require a visa, contact the Portuguese embassy in your country.

What documents will you need?
If you do need to apply for a visa, you may need to bring certain documents with you. Usually you will need a valid passport with a blank visa page, an application form, and one coloured passport photo. If you are applying for a tourist visa you may need a copy of your schedule, confirmed reservations, proof of departure and return arrangements, proof of sufficient finances and health insurance.

If you are apply for a business visa, you will probably need a letter from your employer or if you are self-employed, a letter from your solicitor, accountant, bank manger or local chamber of commerce. You may also need references. A student will require proof of enrolment at a Portuguese institution.

If you are waiting for your visa, you should expect to wait around one or two weeks for a tourist visa and two to three months for a student or business visa.

Short term visas will cost between EUR 25 and EUR 200. It will be valid for a stay of up to 30 or 90 days. A student visa will be valid until the study is completed.

Residency permits (autorização de residência) for Portugal

The Portuguese Immigration Service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras, SEF) is charged with issuing residence permits. 

 

Authorisation for residence in Portugal
If you move to Portugal or stay longer than six months, you must obtain the residence card (Autorização de Residência).  Those who fit into this category include those who work, the self-employed, students, those intending to live off savings, retired people and family members.

Apply for a residence permit at the regional directorate or the Delegation of the SEF in your area of residence.
Click here for a list of regional offices.

 

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20 Comments To This Article

  • Rocky posted:

    on 16th August 2016, 07:50:16 - Reply

    hello sir/mam
    i need information for portugal resident view. how to apply this visa and what qualifications needed for this ? please reply soon

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  • Arun posted:

    on 23rd August 2016, 18:22:12 - Reply

    Hi I am Arun here.i want to take temporary residence of Portugal.i am from India.i have bachelor degree of pharmacy and also 4 year experience.i came return back from Australia .i paid two year proper tax in Australia .my wife study master of accounting in Australia.i have one baby .who born in Australia during study period.now I am doing job in India as a pharmacist.how can I have temporary residence visa of my family .i have enough bank balance property everything in India .i don't know how can Iwe move .thanks a lot

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  • Nrupesh posted:

    on 12th June 2016, 10:01:19 - Reply

    i am from india 41 year old intersted in resident permit or settle in Portugal or europe please give me advice what to do

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  • alpesh posted:

    on 5th April 2016, 15:04:45 - Reply

    i am from india 34 year old intersted in resident permit or settle in portugal please give me advice what to do

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  • filza posted:

    on 17th March 2016, 10:08:47 - Reply

    Dear MR/ Madam i need to disscus about some visa information and Immigration please can contact me. Thank you.

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  • Robert posted:

    on 16th March 2016, 01:46:50 - Reply

    Can I enter Portugal on a Danish EU residence card

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  • ARCHIE posted:

    on 13th March 2016, 21:34:38 - Reply

    I am a UK citizen I have a Brazilian girl friend we would like get married and live in Portugal can you help with what is required for us to do this , thank you

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  • davinder posted:

    on 8th March 2016, 06:04:25 - Reply

    i am interested Portugal residence pls suggest me the better

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  • lcsf posted:

    on 1st February 2016, 16:52:58 - Reply

    Hello! Thanks for all the info, this is really useful. But I've been trying to find some information online that I couldn't find yet. My girlfriend from 6 months is a non EU citizen, and she wants to come live with me here in Portugal (I am a Portuguese national) for a year, but since her work is online I'm not sure if she can apply to a residence visa or if there is some kind of relationship visa that doesn't involve marriage (I think we're not ready for that yet :) ). Any input on this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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  • alpesh posted:

    on 28th January 2016, 13:52:57 - Reply

    i am from india 34 year old intersted in resident permit or settle in europe please give me advice what to do.

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  • Dawood posted:

    on 3rd December 2015, 15:22:40 - Reply

    Tell me about this people it's ok or the laying about visa
  • PeachySanchez posted:

    on 25th May 2015, 22:41:05 - Reply

    Hi! Thanks for sharing all of these information. I'm planning to go to Portugal probably 2-3 years from now and this will be really helpful. Although, I would like to ask for suggestions from you. Aside from all of these requirements, I believe that it is also necessary to learn the basics of the language of the country you are visiting. What online teaching site would you recommend that is legitimate? Is there any company you know that offers to let you learn Portuguese for free? I tried searching and found one preply.com. This company does it via Skype. Do you recommend this company? I'd like to know your suggestions. Thank you!

  • Harishran posted:

    on 16th May 2015, 09:08:39 - Reply

    Dear sir/madam. I am from nepal and nepali cititenship holder. I would like to setup business in your respected country ( Portugal)however it possible?please give me authorised email,or website.
    Thank;s in advance.
    Harishran Guragain

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  • Sabita posted:

    on 10th May 2015, 12:42:58 - Reply

    I'm Indian national currently residing in Kula Lumpur, and planning to visit Portugal, however unable to find the services for visa in KL.

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  • sajid posted:

    on 22nd January 2015, 22:53:57 - Reply

    I have RNE of brazil permanant residence for ten years . I am working in a food company from last 3 years. I am thinking to move permanently to portugal. Can i apply for permanant residence of portugal. My origin country is pakistan. And i have a son in brasil.

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  • awais posted:

    on 14th January 2015, 07:08:42 - Reply

    Hello
    Sir if I have not last 6 month valid passport than....
    I have just 3 month vilad passport with visa

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  • Robyn posted:

    on 3rd June 2014, 17:23:35 - Reply

    This is on behalf of my parents. My father has a Finnish passport and has been married to my mother who is South African for over 30 years. They are trying to move and retire to Portugal. We recently had to change our flight dates (costing us an extra R4500.) because we could only get an appointment with the Portuguese embassy on the 3rd June, When they arrived at the embassy they asked for my mothers proof of income (she's retired) health insurance and proof of residency in Portugal. We were told that because she's married to my father who has a Finnish passport that the above mentioned documents were not necessary. She of course was turned down and told to come back when she has the required documents. Why would she need this? Also, she has given up her citizenship in South Africa and has to leave the country in June so we are desperate right now. We gave up our home and sold everything we own already. Please can someone help us? What is the correct action to take? We need to leave by 16th June but the only available appointment we can get is 17th June.

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  • varinder posted:

    on 2nd June 2014, 04:29:19 - Reply

    i am from india 26 year old intersted in resident permit or settle in europe please give me advice what to do ,

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  • Ricardo posted:

    on 20th May 2014, 17:57:19 - Reply

    Mr M.M.S.Rahman, if you need informations about these or other programs for residency permits, please contact me... projectoeg"at"gmail"dot"com

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  • Mr M.M.S.Rahman posted:

    on 28th April 2014, 11:18:46 - Reply

    Dear MR/ Madam i need to discus about some visa information and Immigration please can contact me. Thank you.

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