Digital Nomad Visa Portugal 20222022-07-13T14:14:57+00:00

Digital Nomad  Friendly Visa Portugal 2022

Looking for a digital nomad visa for Portugal in 2022? 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.

(Also… There is a Spanish Digital Nomad Visa program in the works as well.)

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?2022-04-24T20:11:03+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. As a D7 resident, you’ll have the ability to work remotely from within Portugal (whereas in Spain, on the Non-Lucrative Residency, this is not legally allowed).

You are also allowed to obtain local employment in Portugal via the the D7 program.

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 €705 per month for a single applicant, and €1057.50 per month for a married couple. (The primary applicant’s income requirement is on a par with the Portugal’s national minimum wage in 2022.)

    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 work in Portugal on a D7 Visa.

  • 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 2022

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, combined with some passive income have also managed to get approved during the 2021/2022 period.

As of June 2022, however, the Portuguese authorities have been rejecting some applicants where they’ve felt that their income is not stable enough, i.e. consulting or freelance income, business income, etc.

So in line with the program’s existing/original legislation, your chances of being approved as a retired person with stable passive income as your primary source of earnings will be better than as a remote worker or digital nomad running some freelancing gig.

However, industry insiders indicate that the recently announced Portuguese Jobseeker Visa category will cater for remote workers more efficiently than the D7 Visa, which targets passive income earners.

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 (2022) PER MONTH
Per Individual €705
Per Married Couple €1057.50
Per Additional Minor Dependent €211.50
Per Additional Adult Dependent €211.50
Per Family of 4 (2 x Adults, 2 x Dependent Minors) €1480.50

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 (2022) FOR 2-YEAR VISA VALIDITY PERIOD
Per Individual €16,920
Per Married Couple €25,380
Per Additional Minor Dependent €5,076
Per Additional Adult Dependent €5,076
Per Family of 4 (2 x Adults, 2 x Dependent Minors) €35,532

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 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

  • A long-term remote employment contract AND a formal letter from your employer confirming that you are allowed to work remotely from Portugal

  • 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.

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