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D7 Visa Portugal 20212021-03-27T06:55:43+00:00


The Portugal D7 Visa is an excellent choice for non-EEA nationals seeking to settle or retire in Portugal. If you have stable passive income (i.e. not salary derived), you can apply for long-term residency leading to eventual permanent residency and citizenship – without having to purchase a Golden Visa Property.

Find out more about this relatively unknown visa below, or contact us now for more information…

How much does the D7 Visa cost?2021-04-03T08:41:34+00:00

Compared with the Portuguese Golden Visa, the D7 Visa is dirt cheap. Whereas the Golden Visa has a minimum investment requirement of €280,000, and typically €350,000, both excluding significant transfer duties and ancillary costs, the D7 does not have an investment requirement at all.

And while your Golden Visa services fees can be as high as €30,000 for a married couple and more for a family, you can expect to pay as little as €3,000 in professional service fees for your D7 Visa application as a single applicant, and only €3,500 per married couple.

In addition, while the governmental application and processing fees for the D7 Visa does vary depending on where you’re applying from, you can expect the total cost per person for this component to come in at less than €450 per person.

Contact us now to find out more.



How can Britons get Portuguese residency after Brexit?2021-04-03T08:25:23+00:00

Looking for the easiest ways to get Portuguese residency post Brexit as a British citizen? The D7 Visa and Portuguese Golden Visa are both viable options for Britons seeking to settle or retire in Portugal in 2021.

While the Golden Visa requires a property investment of at least €280,000, and generally €350,000, the D7 Visa has no property investment requirement – although you will be required to have an address in Portugal.

The key requirement for the D7 Visa is proving that you’ve got sufficient recurring income to support yourself and any dependents while living in Portugal.

While pension, royalties, rental income and dividends are preferred as income sources, many applicants apply on the basis of savings and business income or salaried income, or on a combination of these.

The minimum monthly recurring income requirement for the D7 is €665+ for a single applicant, and €997.50 for a married couple. Find out more about the exact D7 Visa requirements here.

Countries where Iranians can get residency by investment in 2021?2021-01-22T15:38:22+00:00

Given the troubling socio-economic and political situation in Iran, wealthy Iranians are increasingly seeking out second residency abroad. As of 2021, a growing number of Iranian nationals are buying property in Armenia,  Turkey, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Azerbaijan and Georgia with a view to obtain residency by investment.

Other potentially viable investment residency options include Cyprus, Malta, Ireland, the USA, the UK as well as the Cayman Islands. Contact us for more information.

Can Britons still live in the EU after Brexit?2021-01-20T14:41:18+00:00

Yes, they can. Having now left the EU, UK nationals are eligible to apply for a range of EU residency visas, including the D7 Passive Income Visa and the Portuguese Golden Visa, as well as the Spanish Non Lucrative Visa and the Italian Elective Residency Visa – provided that they can meet the financial self-sufficiency criteria of these programs. Find out more on the rest of this site…


Easy Residency in Portugal for UK Citizens in 2021?2021-01-12T16:23:37+00:00

Looking for the simplest path to Portuguese residency as a UK citizen post-Brexit? The D7 Visa is increasingly in demand among Britons looking to settle or maintain freedom of movement within the EU in 2021.

While the program does require you to settle in Portugal for at least 4, and typically 6 months per year, a key advantage of the program there are no minimum property investment requirements as is the case with the Portuguese Golden Visa. You will however be required to submit proof of having an address in Portugal.

In addition, you’ll have to have either significant savings or a stable passive income stream of at least EUR635+ per month as a single applicant, and around EUR950+ per month if you’re applying as a married couple.

Find out more about this Portuguese passive income visa here, or contact us now or more information.

Does Portugal Have A Non Lucrative Visa?2021-01-09T15:31:41+00:00

Yes, the Portuguese non-lucrative residency visa is formally known as the D7 Passive Income Visa. While the residency visa requires applicants to spend a minimum of 6 consecutive months per year in Portugal (similar to the Spanish Non Lucrative Visa), it can lead to citizenship after only 5 years, whereas Spanish citizenship can typically only be obtained by non-EEA nationals after a period of 10+ years. In addition, the D7 Visa Program features some of the least onerous financial requirements of any EU residency visa currently available. Find out more here, or contact us now for more information.

Do I need to buy a property to apply for the D7 Visa?2020-10-28T06:47:11+00:00

You are not required a property in Portugal to apply for a D7 residency visa, however you will be required to submit proof of accommodation in Portugal. A rental agreement should typically suffice.

Should you wish to buy a home in Portugal, there are no minimum purchase price requirements, however it is expect that whatever property you rent in Portugal will be “fit for purpose”. In other words, you cannot rent a studio apartment in order to house a family of 5 people.

How long does it take to get a D7 Visa?2020-10-28T06:44:32+00:00

The application process for the D7 residency visa can be completed in as little as 3 to 4 months, however given the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns and international travel restrictions, you should expect the process to take approximately 6 months to complete.

Can Hong Kong nationals apply for the D7 Visa?2020-10-28T06:42:55+00:00

As of late 2020, Hong Kong citizens can apply for the D7 Visa, provided they can meet the minimum passive income requirements.

Can Iranians apply for the D7 Visa?2021-01-22T12:10:17+00:00

As of November 2020, Iranian nationals are eligible to apply for the D7 Visa, provided they can meet the mandatory visa requirements. View the other immigration options available to Iranians here.

Can Americans apply for the D7 Visa?2020-10-28T06:34:18+00:00

USA citizens can apply for the D7 Visa, provided that they can meet the program’s requirements, and the passive income requirement, in particular.

Is the D7 Visa only open to retirees?2020-10-28T06:25:51+00:00

No. Provided that you can meet the minimum passive income requirements of the D7 program, and that your source of passive income can be reasonably expected to remain stable over time, you can apply for this Portuguese residency visa category.

What are the minimum passive income requirements for the D7 Visa?2020-10-28T06:24:24+00:00

In order to be eligible to apply, you need to earn at least €635 per month as an individual (€7,620 per year). As a married couple, your combined passive income should be at least €952.5 per month (€11,430 per year), so an additional €317.50 per month for your spouse).

For every dependent child being applied for, the minimum monthly passive income requirement increases by €190.50 (€2,286 per year) which is around 30% of the minimum national wage in Portugal.

What age do I need to be to apply for the D7 Visa?2020-10-28T06:21:59+00:00

In order to apply for the D7 Visa, you have to be at least 18 years of age at the time of application. As of November 2020, no formal guidelines have been provided in terms of the maximum acceptable age limit, however the program is exceedingly popular among wealthy retirees.

Why choose the D7 Visa

The D7 Visa is increasingly becoming popular among North Americans, Russians, Chinese nationals, Iranians and Middle Easterners in general. The D7 Visa is thus often also searched for using the below search terms:

Russian: виза d7 португалия

Arabic: تأشيرة d7 البرتغال

Chinese: 签证D7葡萄牙

Portuguese: Visto D7 Portugal

Nepali: d7 भिसा पोर्तुगल

Also be sure to check out our D2 Entrepreneur Visa Program overview, updated for 2021.

For those actually seeking to relocate to Portugal for longer than 6 months per year, the Portuguese D7 Visa offers unrivaled value compared with the Portugal Golden Visa Program.

It is also significantly more affordable than the Spanish Non Lucrative Visa.

Being a passive income visa, no minimum investment is required – however, you will be required to have a residential address in Portugal.

A 1-year rental agreement or letter from a sponsor authorising you to live in their property is generally acceptable to meet this requirement. Or you can buy a home in Portugal, should you so choose, but unlike with the Golden Visa program, there is no minimum pricing requirement for such a property.

Please note: you will be expected to spend a minimum of 6 months per year in Portugal, whereas the minimum stay requirement for a Golden Visa is around 7 days per year.


Minimum Investment €350,000+ €0
Application Process Duration 9 – 12 months 3 – 4 months
Family Eligibility Yes  Yes
Road to Permanent Residency & Citizenship Yes Yes
Minimum In-Country Stay Requirement Per Yer 1 Week 6 Months
Portuguese Language Test Required No No
Non-Habitual Residency Program Eligibility Yes Yes
Professional Services Fees €30,000+ From €3,495 
Passive Income Required No Yes

The D7 Visa application process at a glance

Step 1: Contact us by completing the form below.

Step 2: Introduction to your case manager, fee quotation and contract signature. 

Step 3: Booking of consular appointment 

Step 4: Compilation of application file with your case manager 

Step 5: Attend consular appointment

Step 6: Submit full visa application and receive notification of your application outcome within approximately 60 days.

Step 7: Receive your temporary visa (valid for 4 months).

Step 8: Travel to Portugal to attend your SEF interview and obtain your Portuguese temporary residency permit (typically issued with 1 to 2 years’ validity). 

Step 9: Renew your temporary residency permit every 2 years, and apply for permanent residency after 5 years.

D7 Passive Income Requirements 2021

Individual €665 €15,960
Married Couple €997.50 €23,940
Per Additional Minor Dependent €199.50 €4,788
Per Additional Adult Dependent €199.50 €4,788

While personal net worth and savings are typically considered during the D7 Visa application process, the Portuguese authorities are primarily concerned with your ability to accommodate and sustain yourself in Portugal without having to rely on salaried income.

As such, the key requirement for the program is having one or more sources of stable passive income – that is income derived from fixed-rate investments, royalties, monthly pension payouts, retirement annuities, company dividends (provided that you’re not active involved in the management of the company), as well as income derived from the rental of movable or immovable assets.

In addition, you will be required to prove that your passive income has been stable for up to 3 years, and will be remain stable in the medium term.

NB: The above minimum income thresholds should be considered a minimum – depending on individual consular requirements, you may be expected to earn more and/or provide proof of significant savings.


The Portuguese authorities may, at their discretion, also approve your application based on demonstrable savings. In such cases, you’ll be expected to have a minimum of €22,860 in accessible savings – that’s €7,620 x 2 (€15,240) for the primary applicant, and an additional €7,620 for your spouse, to cover your living expenses and accommodation for the 2-year period for which the initial residency permit is issued.

Why choose us

D7 Visa assists non-EEA nationals to obtain residency in Portugal. In addition, we specialise in helping entrepreneurs to set up, manage and grow their businesses in Europe.

Powered by one of Portugal’s leading immigration firms, D7 Visa gives you access to some of the country’s leading professionals specialising in the D7 Residency Program, Golden Visa, and Non-Habitual Residency Programs.

Given the large swathe of government discretion involved in approving D7 Visa applications, the bulk of independently submitted applications are not approved. Working with an expert firm can help ensure that your application is approved without any complications.

We offer an end-to-end visa application service, and can also advise you on where to settle and how to go about purchasing property in Portugal.

Immigration can be a challenging process, but working with a professional firm can make the process seamless and ensure that your transition to Portuguese residency is hassle-free.

Contact us to get your D7 application started today.

Key program benefits

Live, work or study in Portugal with visa-free access to the Schengen Area for up to 90 out of 180 days.

Save money on taxes with the Portuguese Non-Habitual Residency Program.

Your entire family are eligible for inclusion – and your spouse can work in Portugal as well.

A fast, simple process – obtain Portuguese residency for your family in as little as 4-5 months.

Gain access to Portugal’s world-class healthcare system as a Portuguese resident.

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