If there is one thing that is here to stay, it is the home office. Besides being practical and functional, it can be run in different places – as long as there is an internet connection.
One of the countries chosen by many to run the home office is Portugal, since it offers an easy way to obtain a special visa known as Digital Nomad. In addition, Portugal has been one of the best countries to visit, which makes it an even more interesting place to explore while working. In the European edition of the World Travel Awards 2022, for example, Portugal was considered the “Best Tourist Destination in Europe”. Below we will explain what a Digital Nomad Visa for Portugal is, how to apply for it, and what the requirements are. Follow along!
Digital Nomads are remote workers who travel and work from different countries. They usually live a nomadic lifestyle, that is, without a fixed residence, and use technology to fulfill their work responsibilities.
Thus, the Digital Nomad Visa (which is officially called a residence visa for the exercise of professional activity done remotely outside the national territory – article 61- B) is a special type of visa that allows foreigners to legally stay in Portugal, and reside in the country, while doing remote work.
Currently, there are two types of digital nomad visas: a temporary one, which can be used for up to 12 months; and a long-term one, more suitable for those who intend to stay longer than 12 months – and which can be renewed for up to 5 years.
It is worth remembering that in Portugal, after 5 years, it is possible to request Portuguese nationality and, with it, live in different European Union countries.
The Digital Nomad visa is different from these. While the D2 is for entrepreneurial immigrants, who must be in Portugal and work as freelancers for Portuguese companies and/or clients, the D7 is for retirees and passive income holders.
Unlike the other visas – which were used until now for remote workers – the new Digital Nomad visa does not require that the applicant already has in a Portuguese account the minimum amount necessary for the visa, besides not needing to demonstrate that he has an address and/or residence in Portugal, which solves the search for real estate without being personally in Portugal and the payment of rents while still abroad waiting for the visa processing.
Those who have European citizenship will not have many problems, since they have the right to live in any of the countries of the European Union. In this case, you only need to register when you arrive in the country.
If you are not a citizen of a European country, you must apply for a visa that allows you to live in the country as a remote worker.
An important remark: if you intend to spend less than 90 days in Portugal, you do not need to apply for a visa, since a tourist stay is allowed for this period. However, if you want to stay longer, you must apply for a Digital Nomad visa in your original country of residence before moving to Portugal.
So, the requirements requested by the Portuguese government to get a Digital Nomad visa are:
The Digital Nomad visa can be requested at Portugal’s diplomatic representations. The visa takes about 30 days to be reviewed and is available for issuance starting October 30, 2022.
The answer is yes, freelance workers can also apply for the Digital Nomad visa in Portugal.
For this, the foreigner must present proof of tax residence abroad and an average monthly income of at least 2,820€ in the last three months, in addition to other required documents.
The Digital Nomad Visa came to make life easier for many workers, but it is still important to follow all the legalizations and regularities required by the Portuguese government to apply this process. It is also worth understanding that the rules for family reunification apply to the digital nomad visa. If you have questions or need support for this visa application, our team is ready to help you !
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