Portugal Visa Details

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As of our last update, Portugal offers several types of residence and work permits for foreigners based on their circumstances and the nature of their work. Here are some of the more common ones:

1. Residence Visa for Independent Work: This is for individuals who intend to work in Portugal as freelancers or self-employed. They must demonstrate they have the means to sustain their business and themselves.


2. Residence Visa for Dependent Work: For foreigners with a valid job offer or employment contract in Portugal. The employer usually has to prove that there are no suitable candidates from Portugal or other EU/EEA countries before hiring from outside the EU.


3. Residence Visa for Entrepreneurs: This visa targets individuals who want to invest in Portugal, for instance, by creating a company, startup, or making a certain minimum amount of investment. This category also includes Portugal's Golden Visa program, which allows non-EU investors to get a residence permit through specific types of investments.


4. Residence Visa for Research or Highly Skilled Activity: For researchers, university professors, or highly skilled professionals working in scientific research institutions.


5. Seasonal Work or Short Duration: For those intending to engage in temporary work for a fixed period, such as agricultural work during harvest season.


6. Transfer of Multinational Employees (ICT): For employees who are transferred from a non-EU branch of a multinational company to a branch or entity of the same company located in Portugal.


7. EU Blue Card: This is a work and residence permit for highly educated skilled workers from outside the EU. It requires a binding job offer or work contract of at least one year and a certain salary threshold.


8. Residence Visa for Study, Student Exchange, Unpaid Internship or Volunteering: This isn't strictly a work visa, but it allows certain types of activities, including unpaid internships and volunteering.


9. Residence Permit for Startup Entrepreneurs: Aimed at those who intend to develop entrepreneurship and innovation activities in Portugal, especially if they represent added value for the Portuguese economy and labor market.


Keep in mind that these categories are general. Each visa or permit type has specific criteria, requirements, and conditions. Immigration rules can also change, so if you or someone you know is considering working in Portugal, it's advisable to consult the most recent regulations, usually available on the official website of the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF), or contact an immigration lawyer familiar with Portuguese law or Talk to our experts.