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Portugal Digital Nomad Visa Program – Requirements and How to Apply

Discover the freedom of remote working with Portugal’s Digital Nomad Visa, tailored for non-EU nationals seeking to blend work with the allure of Portuguese life. This visa caters to individuals working remotely for foreign or Portuguese companies and independent professionals.

Consult Immigration is here to guide you through each step, ensuring a seamless transition to your new life in Portugal.

The Portugal Digital Nomad Visa: Key Features and Benefits

The Digital Nomad Visa offers a unique opportunity to live and work in Portugal, a country known for its welcoming community, affordable living, and thriving digital landscape. Key benefits of this visa include:

Flexibility to Work Remotely: Ideal for those employed by foreign companies or self-employed, offering the perfect balance between work and exploration.

Residency in Portugal: Experience the rich culture, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities of Portugal while continuing your professional activities.

Minimum Stay Requirements: Spend a minimum of six consecutive months or eight non-consecutive months per year in Portugal, giving you the flexibility to travel and work.

Eligibility and Requirements

To qualify for the Digital Nomad Visa, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have an employment contract allowing remote work or provide services remotely as a self-employed individual.
  • Earn at least four times the Portuguese minimum wage per month (currently EUR 3,280 per month for 2024).
  • Appoint a tax representative in Portugal, obtain a Portuguese tax number (NIF), and open a Portuguese bank account.
  • Secure travel and health insurance valid in Portugal and have an address in Portugal, either owned or rented.
  • Maintain a clean criminal record and provide proof of marriage for family reunification, if applicable.

The Portugal Digital Nomad Visa Application Process

The process for obtaining Digital Nomad Visa includes:

Income and Employment Verification: Provide evidence of your employment or professional services relationship and professional income.

Document Preparation: Gather all necessary documentation, including proof of income, health insurance, and criminal record clearance.

Application Submission: Submit your application through the Portuguese Consulate or Embassy in your home country, followed by biometrics and finalization in Portugal.

Living in Portugal with the Digital Nomad Visa – Your Rights and Privileges

As a holder of the Portugal Digital Nomad Visa, you gain not only the flexibility to work remotely but also a host of benefits that enhance your experience living in Portugal. This includes the legal right to reside in the country, as well as allowing for family reunification, meaning your close family members can join you in your new Portuguese lifestyle.

Access to Portugal’s public services, including the esteemed healthcare and education systems, is another significant advantage, ensuring a high standard of living. Furthermore, the visa grants you the freedom to travel within the Schengen Area, opening up a world of exploration across Europe.

After two years of temporary residency, you are eligible to apply for a renewal for another three years, and after five years, you can apply for permanent residence and eventually Portuguese citizenship. This provides a pathway to long-term residency and deeper integration into Portuguese society.

How We Can Help

At Consult Immigration, we specialize in managing Digital Nomad Visa applications and are committed to providing comprehensive support throughout your journey.

Our expertise in Portuguese immigration law and our personalized approach to each client’s unique situation ensure a streamlined and stress-free visa application process. Our services include:

  • Documentation Assistance: We help collect and prepare all the necessary documents, ensuring they meet the requirements of the Digital Nomad Visa.
  • Tax Representation and Banking: Our experts will act as your tax representative in Portugal, a critical step in the process. We handle the intricacies of obtaining a Portuguese tax number (NIF), a vital component of your application, as well as opening a bank account in Portugal.
  • Property Acquisition or Rental Assistance: If you choose to purchase or rent a property in Portugal, our team will connect you with a reputable property agent to assist you in finding a place that meets your needs and budget. Our attorneys will also assist you in scrutinizing your purchase or rental agreement.
  • Health Insurance Advice: We provide assistance in obtaining the required health insurance coverage valid in Portugal.
  • Appointment Scheduling and Support: Our services extend to booking and accompanying clients to appointments with relevant authorities in Portugal.

Portugal Digital Nomad Visa – Frequently Asked Questions

To assist further, here are 10 of the most widely asked questions we receive when it comes to moving to the Portugal Digital Nomad Visa:

What is the Portugal Digital Nomad Visa

It’s a visa designed for non-EU nationals who work remotely and wish to live in Portugal.

What are the income requirements for this visa?

Applicants must earn at least four times the Portuguese minimum wage per month. (Minimum wage for 2024 is currently EUR 820 per month)

Can I bring my family with the Digital Nomad Visa?

Yes, you can apply for temporary residency for your spouse, children, and dependent ascendants.

How long does the Digital Nomad Visa process take?

The process is approximately six months, varying based on the Portuguese consular office.

Is health insurance required for the Digital Nomad Visa?

Yes, valid travel and health insurance authorized to operate in Portugal is required.

Can I apply for permanent residency with this visa?

Yes, after five years of temporary residency, you can apply for permanent residency.

Do I need a Portuguese bank account for the Digital Nomad Visa?

Yes, opening a Portuguese bank account is part of the visa requirements.

What kind of work can I do with the Digital Nomad Visa?

You can work remotely for foreign or Portuguese companies or as a self-employed individual.

How much time do I need to spend in Portugal each year?

You should spend at least six consecutive months or eight non-consecutive months per year in Portugal.

Can I travel within the Schengen Area with this visa?

Yes, the visa allows you to travel freely within the Schengen Area.

Contact Us and Get Started on Your Journey

Start the process by completing the form below, and embark on your remote working adventure in Portugal with the Digital Nomad Visa.

Our dedicated team of Qualified Attorneys and Legal Advisors is ready to provide you with expert, tailored guidance and support throughout each stage of your Digital Nomad application, ensuring that your transition to a remote working lifestyle in Portugal is as smooth and fulfilling as possible.

What our Consult Clients have to say

I was hesitant to take this big step and apply for citizenship through descent, but I took the plunge and paid for an appointment with Consult Immigration. I am so happy I did this. David and Ines answered all my questions and were extremely helpful with their extensive knowledge of the process and they asked questions for me that opened my mind to many other possibilities that would lead me to my new destination. I really liked both of them and I felt they truly earned my trust. Great service. I got so much more out of our meeting than I expected. Nice surprise!

Shannon RossCalifornia, USA

Dear David, thank you so much for the assistance and professional service I received from you during my immigration process to Portugal. If it was not for your sound advice, I could have made a disastrous choice as to which country to relocate to, given the technical nature of immigration laws and how they are applied to foreigners. The support I received from you while dealing with the local officials was also very beneficial. Thanks for going the extra mile!

Schalk Badenhorst

David, Pina and his team at Consult assisted me in my residency permit application for Mallorca, Spain through their tireless efforts in SA and Spain, from initial interest through to making appointments with the relevant authorities in Palma and were highly knowledgeable and patient throughout the process. Highly recommended!

Maira KoutsoudakisCEO LIFE Group of Companies

We would like to thank you once again for your very professional assistance in making this move possible. Your support during the process in South Africa was invaluable and your associates here in Portugal were very professional in dealing with the local procedures. This would be a daunting process without professional help and we can strongly recommend your services to anybody interested in relocating to Portugal.

Pieter Steyn & Márcia Camargo

I have had the pleasure of dealing with David at Consult and have been highly impressed with his professionalism. Pina, his partner in Spain, has also been extremely helpful and prompt to reply. I would highly recommend their immigration services to anyone looking to have the bureaucracy streamlined.

Simone Bishop

Consult Immigration assisted my husband and I with our residency application for Spain last year, and I can honestly say that I don't know how we would have achieved it without their assistance. There was always clear communication and we were kept up to speed on where we were in the application process, right through to our appointments in Spain and the approval of our residency. I highly recommend Consult Immigration.

Kristin Shaw

I have recently experienced the efficient service delivered by Consult Immigration as part of my residency application to Spain. I found David very open, enthusiastic to help and give advice, and knowledgeable. It was a pleasure working with him and I strongly recommend.

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