D8 Digital Nomad Visa Portugal 20232023-01-19T03:48:27+00:00
Portugal Digital Nomad Visa 2023

The New Portugal Digital Nomad Visa (D8) Is Now Accepting Applications

Looking for a digital nomad visa for Portugal in 2023? You’re in luck; the much-anticipated actual Portuguese Digital Nomad Visa has just been launched.

While official information  has been slow in being released, we are now finally in a position to provide you with an overview of the Portuguese DNV and its income requirements.

Let’s get into the details below…

Can remote workers apply for the D7 Visa?2022-06-13T20:18:49+00:00

Updated on Monday, 13 June 2022…

Yes, they can – although in 2022, things look like they’re getting a bit more complicated.

During 2020, 2021 and 2022 to date, the answer was yes digital nomads could apply for the D7 – with a high level of probability.

Provided that you earned enough stable, foreign sourced income, and that your foreign employer allows you to work remotely from Portugal…

AND that you had sufficient savings to deposit in a Portuguese bank account, your chances of getting approved for the D7 Visa were high.

IMPORTANT: Based on our first-hand experiences during this time, many consulates required you to have a permanent employment contract, and you should ideally have been stable in your current role for at least one year (12 months+).

In addition, a formal letter of authorization from your employer, confirming both your employment, AND explicitly authorizing you to work remotely from Portugal, was required as well. And this letter had to be on an official company letterhead.

Moreover, while the minimum required recurring income per month, as of 2022, is €705+ (€8,424,+ per year), the more you could show above this amount, the better.

You’d ideally need to earn several times more than this minimum (and ideally in the range of €2,000 2,500+ to help maximize your changes of success).

Your application would also have been more likely to succeed if you had additional passive income, e.g. from renting out a property, royalty earnings, and if you have access to significant savings.

While this remote work visa was historically packaged as a retirement visa, and required stable passive savings in the form of pension benefits or long-term rental income, the Portuguese immigration authorities have been approving remote workers with significant offshore salary earnings as well in 2021 and 2022.

But as of May 2022, we have become aware of applicants with only one “active” income stream – a remote salary or freelance income – being rejected again, even though their average earnings and savings were substantial. 

The reality is that the binding legislation and rules pertaining to the D7 Visa were never changed to accommodate freelancers and digital nomads – they were simply being interpreted more liberally.

And the Portuguese authorities enjoy a large swathe of discretion when it comes to the D7 program – there are no guarantees that any one applicant WILL be approved.

To be clear – there is not yet enough evidence of this to establish a clear trend, but early indications are that the Portuguese authorities are getting more picky about whom they approve for the D7 program.

And in light of the sheer tsunami of demand we’ve seen for the program since the start of the pandemic and the meteoric rise of remote work globally, this wouldn’t be at all surprising.

We’ll be sure to revisit this topic as soon as we receive any new and concrete feedback from SEF in this regard.

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

 

 

Can I work remotely from Portugal?2022-10-31T10:09:55+00:00

In order to legally work remotely from Portugal for long periods of time, you’ll have to either become a resident, or apply for the country’s new Digital Nomad Visa.

The Portuguese Digital Nomad Visa is an excellent option for remote workers seeking to settle in Portugal for periods longer than 90 days. There are two streams:

  • The first is a visa that is valid for stays of up to 12 months (i.e. you don’t get a residency card, just a visa in your passport).

  • The second is a 2-year residency permit, which features the same requirements as the existing D7 Residency Program, but which accepts active / salaried income, as opposed to passive income.

As a Portuguese Digital Nomad Visa holder, you’ll have the ability to work remotely from within Portugal, and travel visa-free across the rest of the Schengen Area, too.

Which countries offer digital nomad visas?2022-10-31T10:16:32+00:00

As of November 2022, the following list of countries offer digital nomad visas:

  1. Anguilla

  2. Antigua and Barbuda

  3. Bahamas

  4. Bali

  5. Barbados

  6. Bermuda

  7. Cabo Verde

  8. Cayman Islands

  9. Costa Rica

  10. Croatia

  11. Dominica

  12. Dubai

  13. Estonia

  14. Greece

  15. Iceland

  16. Malta

  17. Portugal

  18. Romania

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

  20. Seychelles

 

Does Portugal have a Digital Nomad Visa Program?2022-11-11T12:49:19+00:00

Yes it does. As of November 2022, remote workers and digital nomads now have the option of applying for the purpose-created Portuguese Digital Nomad Visa (DNV). There are two program streams:

  • The first is valid for up to 12 months, and requires applicants to earn a minimum of  €2,820 per month (minimum wage of €705 per month x 4). For this option, you don’t need a Portuguese bank account, nor locally deposited savings.

  • The second visa stream is valid for just 4 months, but can be converted into a 2-year residency permit, which is renewable for an additional 3 years. This stream’s requirements closely reflect those of the D7 Visa, however the minimum income requirement going into 2023, is also €2,820+ per month.

    You’ll also be required to have a local Portuguese bank account with a balance of €8,460+ (and ideally around €12,500+, even for single applicants).

    In order to keep this temporary residency renewable, however, you’ll need to spend 6 months (183+ days) in the country per year.

Portugal’s New Digital Nomad Visa unpacked

A quick backgrounder on the D7 Visa and the new DNV program…

While Portugal’s D7 Visa was primarily created as a path to residency for non-EEA* pensioners seeking to settle in Portugal, the program became popular among digital nomads and remote workers the word over starting in late 2019. (*EEA is short for European Economic Area.)

While the D7 program explicitly requires passive income sources, many nomads were granted residency under the program during the pandemic period on the basis of freelance income, business income and even remote salaries.

This changed abruptly in mid-2022, when scores of applicants started being rejected ahead of the actual Digital Nomad Visa being introduced on 31 October 2022.

The newly introduced Digital Nomad Visa program features two streams, and caters specifically for the needs of nomads.

12 MONTH DIGITAL NOMAD VISA OVERVIEW

  • Legally live and work within Portugal as a freelancer or self-employed business owner for up to 12 months on the Portuguese Digital Nomad Visa, with the option to renew your residency for an additional 6 months
  • Enjoy visa-free travel across the Schengen Area.
  • “Test-drive the Portuguese experience” without having to commit long-term.
  • Monthly stable income requirement: €2,820+ (along with at least €8,460 in savings if you’re applying with a dependent spouse or partner). The minimum earnings requirement will go up to €3,040 in 2023 (4 x €760).

2-YEAR DIGITAL NOMAD RESIDENCY OVERVIEW

  • Obtain an “entry stamp” type visa that is good for 4 months and 2 entries into the Portuguese territory (or the EU, if you can’t fly directly into Portugal upon arrival in the EU).
  • Convert this visa into a temporary residency permit with a 24 month (2 year) validity, and which can be renewed for an additional 36 months (3 years), subject to meeting certain program requirements.
  • Get on a path to potential Portuguese permanent residency and/or citizenship.
  • Monthly stable income requirement: €2,820+ (along with at least €8,460 in savings if you’re applying with a dependent spouse or partner). The income requirement for primary applicants will increase to €3,040 per month in 2023 (4 x €760).
  • Not every embassy will require this, but assume that you will need to open a Portuguese local bank account and deposit meaningful savings in it.

But to avoid any confusion, let’s compare the various programs’ requirements as they stand today…

Portugal Digital Nomad Visa (D8 DNV) vs D7 Visa

What are the key program differences going into 2023?

Consideration Portugal Digital Nomad Visa: “Lite” Portugal Digital Nomad Visa: “Plus” D7 Visa
Type of document Visa in passport Residency Permit (Card) Residency Permit (Card)
Validity/Duration 12 Months (1 year) 24 Months (2 Years) 24 Months (2 Years)
Renewable Yes 36 Months (3 Years) 36 Months (3 Years)
Minimum income requirement (primary applicant – 2022) €2,820+ p.m.

(See financial requirements for additional dependents below.)

€2,820+ p.m.

(See financial requirements for additional dependents below.)

€705+ p.m. in passive income

(Plus substantial, locally deposited savings – at least €8,460+, and ideally €12,500-€15,000+)

Type of income required Active income favored, however some passive income may be accepted (remote salary, remote service agreements, dividends, royalties, rental income, etc.) Active income favored, however some passive income may be accepted (remote salary, remote service agreements, dividends, royalties, rental income, etc.) Passive income only (dividends, royalties, rental income, etc.)
Proof of accommodation in Portugal Yes – for at least the first 4 months (hotel, Airbnb or similar, or duly certified and registered lease agreement) Yes – for at least the first 12 months (hotel, Airbnb or similar, or duly certified and registered lease agreement) Yes – duly certified and registered lease agreement
Proof of tax residency outside of Portugal Yes Yes Yes
 Portuguese fiscal number (NIF) required No Yes Yes
Portuguese bank account required Depends on your local consulate’s requirements Yes – although not all consulates may require this. Yes
Locally deposited savings required Depends on your local consulate’s requirements Yes – although not all consulates may require this. Yes
Police clearance required Yes – from country of origin, or residence, if they’ve been living there for over 12 months. Yes – from country of origin, or residence, if they’ve been living there for over 12 months. Yes – from country of origin, or residence, if they’ve been living there for over 12 months.
Criminal clearance check in Portugal Yes Yes Yes
Minimum in-country presence requirement No (unless you want to renew, in which case it’s 6 months) No (unless you want to renew, in which case it’s 6 months) Yes
Path to PR and/or citizenship Possibly (Contact us to learn more) Yes (conditions apply) Yes
Visa-free Schengen travel Yes Yes Yes
Health Insurance Required Yes Yes (to obtain initial 4-month entry visa). Some consulates may accept 4 months, whereas others require 12 months of coverage. Yes (to obtain initial 4-month entry visa).
Family eligibility Yes Yes Yes
Return travel ticket Yes Yes (to obtain initial 4-month entry visa). Yes (to obtain the 4-month entry visa).

What are D8 DNV program’s key financial requirements?

Income Requirements – Additional Dependents Primary

(Income)

Partner/Spouse

(Savings)

Dependent Children

(Savings)

Dependent Adults (e.g. Retired Parents)

(Savings)

Family of 4 (2 Adults, 2 Kids):

(Income + Savings)

DNV “Lite” – 12 Month Validity €2,820+ p.m. in income €8,460+ (€705 x 12 months) in demonstrable savings €2,544+ (€212 x 12 months) per child in demonstrable savings €4,020+ ( €335 x 12 months) per dependent adult in demonstrable savings €2,820+ p.m. in income

+

€17,568+ in demonstrable savings

DNV “Plus” – 24 Month Validity €705+ p.m. in income €8,460+ (€705 x 12 months) in demonstrable savings €2,544+ ( €212 x 12 months) per child in demonstrable savings €4,020+ ( €335 x 12 months) per dependent adult in demonstrable savings €2,820+ p.m. in income

+

€17,568+ in demonstrable savings

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)

Step 3: Attend your embassy appointment

Step 4: Submit your full visa application and receive a decision in around 14-60 days.

Step 5A): Receive your 12-month Digital Nomad Visa;

OR

Step 5B): Receive your temporary entry visa (4-month validity) if you’re applying for the Digital Nomad Residency (24 month validity).

Step 6A: Fly to Portugal and commence your remote working stay;

OR

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

Step 7A: Renew your 12-month Digital Nomad Visa for an additional 6 months before returning home

OR

Step 7B: Renew your 24-month residency permit for an additional 36 months (3 years), and become eligible to apply for permanent residency or citizenship after 5 years – provided that you’ve met the program’s minimum stay and other requirements.

Our DNV program pricing and deliverables

12-MONTH DN VISA (LITE):
SINGLE APPLICANT

From €1,000
50% Deposit, 50% on Visa Approval
  • ☑ Uniplaces Promo Code
  • ☑ Application Form Filling
  • ☑ Case File Compilation
  • ☑ Portuguese Police Clearance
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24-MONTH DN RESIDENCY (PLUS):
SINGLE APPLICANT

From €2,500
40% Deposit, 20% on Visa Approval, 40% on Residency Card Issuance
  • ☑ Uniplaces Promo Code
  • ☑ Application Form Filling
  • ☑ Case File Compilation
  • ☑ Portuguese Police Clearance
  • PLUS
  • ☑ Remote Bank Account Opening
  • ☑ NIF (Portuguese Fiscal Number)
  • ☑ Proof of Accommodation Consultation
  • ☑ Accompaniment To SEF Appointment
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D7 RESIDENCY:
SINGLE APPLICANT

From €2,500
40% Deposit, 20% on Visa Approval, 40% on Residency Card Issuance
  • ☑ Uniplaces Promo Code
  • ☑ Application Form Filling
  • ☑ Case File Compilation
  • ☑ Portuguese Police Clearance
  • PLUS
  • ☑ Remote Bank Account Opening
  • ☑ NIF (Portuguese Fiscal Number)
  • ☑ Proof of Accommodation Consultation
  • ☑ Accompaniment To SEF Appointment
  • ☑ Portuguese Drivers License
  • ☑ Healthcare Registration

Our family application facilitation fees

Deliverables as indicated above.

SERVICE FEE STRUCTURE  12-MONTH DNV (LITE) 24-MONTH DNV (PLUS) D7 RESIDENCY
Single/Primary  From €1,000 From €2,500 From €2,500
Couple  From €1,500 From €3,000 From €3,000
Couple with 1 Child  From €1,500 From €3,000 From €3,000
Couple with 2 Children  From €1,500 From €3,000 From €3,000

Obtain your 12-month Digital Nomad Visa OR 2-year Digital Nomad Residency in Portugal in as little as 4 months.

Simply complete the below form to get your DNV application process started today.

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