Digital Nomad Visa Portugal 20212021-07-28T12:24:14+00:00

Digital Nomad Friendly Visa Portugal 2021

Looking for a digital nomad visa for Portugal in 2021? You’re in luck; the Portugal D7 Visa is an excellent residency option for digital nomads and remote workers seeking to spend more than 90 days at a time in Portugal.

Find out more about this nomad friendly visa below, or contact us now for a free consultation.

Can remote workers apply for the D7 Visa?2021-07-30T06:57:46+00:00

Yes, they can. Provided that you earn enough stable, foreign sourced income, and that your foreign employer allows you to work remotely from Portugal, you should be able to get the D7 Visa.

While the minimum required income per month is €665+ (€7,980+ per year), the more you can show above this amount, the better.

Your application will also be more likely to succeed if you have additional passive income, e.g. from renting out a property, and if you have access to significant savings.

While this remote work visa historically required stable passive savings, e.g. in the form of pension benefits or long-term rental income, the Portuguese immigration authorities and consulates have recently been favoring remote workers with significant offshore salary earnings as well.

Contact us now for more information and to see if you are eligible.

 

 

Can I work remotely from Portugal?2021-04-29T08:48:52+00:00

In order to legally work remotely from Portugal for long periods of time, you’ll have to become a resident. The Portuguese D7 Visa is an excellent option for remote workers seeking to settle in Portugal for periods longer than 90 days.

Which countries offer digital nomad visas?2021-04-29T08:52:13+00:00

As of April 2021, the following list of countries offer digital nomad visas:

  1. Anguilla

  2. Antigua and Barbuda

  3. Bermuda (branded as the Bermuda Welcome Stamp Visa)

  4. Cayman Islands

  5. Croatia

  6. Dubai

  7. Estonia

  8. Republic of Georgia (branded as the Remotely From Georgia Visa Program).

Does Portugal have a Digital Nomad Visa Program?2021-04-29T08:54:04+00:00

While Portugal does not presently have a formal digital nomad visa program, the D7 Visa and Portuguese Freelancer / Self-Employed Visa are both good options for digital nomads seeking to work from Portugal for periods longer than 90 days at a time. In order to keep your Portuguese residency renewable, however, you’ll need to spend 6 months (183+ days) in the country per year.

D7 Overview: Portugal’s Digital Nomad Visa Program unpacked

While the D7 Visa was primarily created as a path to residency for non-EEA pensioners seeking to settle in Portugal, the program has recently also become increasingly popular among digital nomads and remote workers the word over.

There are three primary reasons for this:

  • First, the program has the lowest stable income requirement of any similar program in the EU – starting at only €665 per month for a single applicant, and €997.50 per month for a married couple. (The primary applicant’s income requirement is on a par with the Portugal’s national minimum wage in 2021.)

    In addition, you can also apply on the basis of savings only, or on a combination of stable recurring income and/or savings. (More on the program’s financial requirements below…)

  • Second, you are allowed to get a local job in Portugal.

  • And third, you can become eligible to apply for Portuguese and a passport after only 5 years, provided that you continue to meet the program requirements and spend the requisite amount of time in the country.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 58, paragraph 1, of Law number 23/2007, of 4 July, and Article 24 (d) of Regulatory Decree No. 84/2007 of 5 November makes provision for the establishment of the Portugal D7 Visa category.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: In order to keep your residency permit renewable, you will be expected to spend more that 6 consecutive months per year in Portugal, or 8 non-consecutive months. That is to say, you are not allowed to be outside of Portugal for any 6 consecutive months during the period for which your D7 residency permit is valid.

Key financial requirements for digital nomads 2021

Thanks to the program’s relatively low financial requirements, it is accessible to anyone, from anywhere, who can prove that they are able to support themselves financially while staying in Portugal.

While the Portuguese authorities prefer seeing stable, passive income from sources such as pension, fixed-rate interest earnings, royalties of the proceeds of renting movable or immovable assets, applicants that are able to prove that they have stable recurring income from business activities, or even salaried employ, can also apply.

There are 3 ways of meeting the program’s financial self-sufficiency requirements:

  1. Providing proof of long-term, stable, recurring income, or;

  2. Providing proof of sufficiency accessible savings, or;

  3. A combination of the stable recurring income AND savings.

Applying on the basis of stable recurring income:

Given that the Portuguese authorities will wish to determine whether your income is stable, you can expect to have to submit bank statements for up to the past 3 years – especially if you’re applying on the basis of earning a salary or varying business income (i.e. non-passive income). Pension, royalties, dividends and long term rental income is generally preferred.

MINIMUM STABLE RECURRING INCOME REQUIREMENT (2021) PER MONTH
Per Individual €665
Per Married Couple €997.50
Per Additional Minor Dependent €199.50
Per Additional Adult Dependent €199.50
Per Family of 4 (2 x Adults, 2 x Dependent Minors) €1396.50

Applying on the basis of savings:

Given that the Portuguese authorities will wish to know that you can support yourself for the entire 2-year period for which your D7 Visa is issued, they’ll wish to see that you have amply adequate savings if you’re applying on this basis. (Treat the below figures as the bare minimums, therefore.)

MINIMUM SAVINGS REQUIREMENT (2021) FOR 2-YEAR VISA VALIDITY PERIOD
Per Individual €15,960
Per Married Couple €23,940
Per Additional Minor Dependent €4,788
Per Additional Adult Dependent €4,788
Per Family of 4 (2 x Adults, 2 x Dependent Minors) €33,516

Please note: This article does not constitute immigration or legal advice, and is provided for general informational purposes only. D7 Visa approvals are subject to a high degree of governmental discretion, and the exact income or savings amounts deemed acceptable may vary from one consulate or embassy to the next.

For these reasons it is advisable to check the exact financial and documentation requirements with your local embassy once you’re ready to apply. Also, consider the above amounts to be the bare minimum; the higher your recurring income and/or savings, the better your chances of being approved.

The visa application process at a glance

Step 1: Book your consular appointment

Step 2: Compile your application file with your service provider (or independently)/span>

Step 3: Attend your embassy appointment

Step 4: Submit your full visa application and receive a decision in around 60 days.

Step 5: Receive your temporary entry visa ( 4-month validity).

Step 6: Fly to Portugal to attend your SEF interview – this is where your Portuguese temporary residency permit is issued (2-year validity).

Step 7: Renew your temporary residency permit every 2 years, and apply for permanent residency or citizenship after 5 years, provided that you’ve met the program’s minimum stay requirements.

Key required documentation list

You’ll need the following documents to apply for the D7 Visa (non-exhaustive list):

  • Evidence of stable recurring income or adequate savings

  • Formal declaration as to why you want to move to Portugal

  • A clean criminal record certificate.

  • Your passport (must be valid for 6 months after the date on which your D7 residency permit will expire

  • Proof of accommodation in Portugal

  • Two passport sized colour photos

  • Comprehensive health insurance to the value of at least €30,000 per family member, or affidavit confirming that you’ll purchase health insurance within 90 days of your arrival in Portugal.

Go to Top