Portugal D7 Visa 2021: Ultimate Guide2021-09-16T08:24:23+00:00

Portugal D7 Visa 2021: Ultimate Guide

The Portugal D7 Visa offers a path to Portuguese residency - without investment.

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Ready to start your new life in Portugal? You’re in the exact right place…

Want residency in Portugal without making a property investment? The Portugal D7 Visa offers a path to residency in as little as 4 to 6 months.

The visa program is aimed at attracting foreign applicants with the means to support themselves through stable passive or recurring income. The D7 Visa is a relatively unknown, but highly compelling alternative to the Portugal Golden Visa.

The D7 is also an excellent visa option for remote workers and digital nomads seeking to spend more than 3 months at a time in Portugal.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 58, paragraph 1, of Law number a23/2007, 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, which was launched in 2007.

Find out more about the benefits of the D7 Visa below, or contact us now for more information.

Which Portuguese Universities participate in the HQA Visa Program?2021-09-20T08:23:11+00:00

As of September 2021, the following universities accept research projects under the HQA Visa Program:

  1. UAlg (Universidade do Algarve)

  2. Universidade de Evora

  3. Politecnica de Leiria

  4. Instituto Politecnico de Bragança


What is the legal basis for the HQA Visa?2021-09-20T08:09:10+00:00

Article 61 of REPSAE, Portugal’s Immigration Act, serves as the legal basis upon which the Portuguese HQA Visa is issued. In order to meet the visa’s requirements, applicants need to establish a Portuguese corporation and make an eligible investment in R&D or a technology focused research project sponsored by a Portuguese university or public research facility.

Can Syrians get residency in Portugal in 2022?2021-09-14T06:57:58+00:00

While Syria is a sanctioned nation, HQA applicants from sanctioned countries have, occasionally, been approved for the HQA Startup Visa based on the merits of their research funding proposal, and especially if they’ve been living outside of Syria for a significant period of time.

Can Iraqis get residency in Portugal in 2021?2021-09-14T06:58:39+00:00

While Iraq is a sanctioned country, applicants from sanctioned nations have, on occasion, been approved for the HQA Startup Visa based on the strength and merits of their business and/or research funding proposal, and especially if they’ve been residing outside of Iraq for a significant period of time.

We therefore encourage you to contact us today to discuss your specific situation.

Can Iranians get residency in Portugal?2021-09-14T06:59:12+00:00

While Iran is a sanctioned nation, applicants from sanctioned countries have been known to get approved for the Portugal HQA Visa based on the strength and merits of their startup and/or research funding proposal, especially if they’ve been residing outside of Iran for a meaningful period of time.

We therefore encourage you to get in touch to discuss your specific situation today.

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 British citizens live in Spain?2021-04-29T09:40:50+00:00

Before Brexit, as former EEA nationals, Britons were able to live and work in Spain. Yet given the country’s decision to exit the EU, UK nationals now need to apply for Spanish visitor visas, as any regular non-EEA national is required to.

The Spanish Golden Visa Program and the Non Lucrative Visa Program both enable British citizens to obtain Spanish residency, and both offer a path to eventual Spanish citizenship after 10 years.

Can I get residency in Spain if I buy a house?2021-04-29T09:35:36+00:00

While you can obtain Spanish residency by means of buying a €500,000+ property under the Spanish Golden Visa program, this is not a requirement in order to apply for the Non Lucrative Visa in Spain.

If you opt for the Non Lucrative Residency, however, you will have to stay in Spain for 6 months per year (183+ days) or longer in order to keep your residency renewable.

How do I get a Non-Lucrative Visa for Spain in 2021?2021-04-29T09:33:34+00:00

While you can apply for the Non Lucrative Visa without professional assistance, this is not recommended – especially if you don’t speak Spanish.

As of 2021, the key Non-Lucrative Visa requirements are as follows:

  1. You’ll have to prove that you have sufficient economic means to support yourself and any dependents while living in Spain.

  2. Even though you don’t have to buy a property in Spain in order to qualify, you will be required to have a fixed address in the country.

  3. You’ll have to prove that you have a clean criminal record, both in your country of origin and country of current residence, if this is not the same place.

  4. You’ll have to obtain comprehensive Spanish health insurance, without any holding periods or co-payments

  5. You are not allowed to be in Spain illegally at the time of application.

  6. You are not allowed to apply if you’ve previously been banned from entry into the Schengen Area.

Simply complete the below contact form to request a consultation with an expert Spanish immigration professional.

What is the current IPREM in Spain?2021-04-29T09:30:12+00:00

The current IPREM for Spain (2021) is €564.90 per month, or €6,778.80 per year (12 months).

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.

Can I get residency if I already own a property in Portugal?2021-04-25T15:43:32+00:00

Can you get a Portuguese Golden Visa retroactively? The answer is yes, potentially – provided that the following criteria are met:

  1. The property has to have been purchased after December 2012, when the Golden Visa Program was launched.

  2. The property must fall into one of the following pricing categories:

    • The property was worth €500,000 or more when purchased, and is situated anywhere in Portugal.

    • The property was worth €400,000 or more when purchased, and is situated in a low-density area as defined by the Portuguese authorities.

    • The property was worth €350,000 or more when purchased, was 30 years or older, and required renovation.

    • The property was worth €280,000 or more when purchased, is more than 30 years old, and is situated in a low-density area where the average GDP is 75% lower than the average GDP in Portugal.

    • The property is in the name of either a single person or one of the spouses.

If the property is jointly owned (50%:50%), neither of the spouses will be eligible for the Golden Visa as the per-person ownership value does not meet the minimum thresholds.

If the property is fully owned by one of the spouses, they are eligible to apply for the Golden Visa, whereas their spouse is not. However, the spouse is eligible to apply as a dependent to the primary applicant, as are their minor children.

If you already own a property in Portugal that was purchased after December 2012, yet the value is – for example – €250,000, and said property is not older than 30 years and didn’t require any renovations, you can invest in a “top-up” property worth another €250,000, anywhere in Portugal (and in any condition), in order to reach the €500,000 minimum investment threshold.

Once this investment requirement has been met, you can then apply for a Golden Visa.

If you own a property of €100,000, and are not able to invest an additional €400,000, you also have the option to apply for the D7 Visa, provided that you can prove sufficient recurring income, savings, and/or savings.

In order to maintain your D7 residency, however, you should plan to spend at least 6 months per year living in Portugal.

The rules for both the Spanish and Greek Golden Visa Programs are broadly the same, yet in Greece, you can apply for a Golden Visa even if your property, worth a minimum of €250,000 at the time of purchase, was bought prior to the launch of the Greece Golden Visa Program in 2013.

Contact us now for more information and to determine whether your existing property is eligible for a Golden Visa or not in 2021.

What is the Portuguese minimum wage?2021-04-17T16:03:10+00:00

As of 2021, the Portuguese minimum wage is €665 per month, or €7,980 per year.

How long does it take to get a D7 Visa?2021-04-17T16:09:48+00:00

While your D7 Visa application can be approved in as little as 3 weeks, your SEF appointment in Portugal will likely be set for up to 6 months into the future from the time of approval. Therefore, it is advisable to assume that the entire process will take around 6 months to complete.

How long does it take to obtain a Golden Visa?2021-04-17T16:10:42+00:00

Given that you still need to identify and purchase a suitable property or invest in a suitable investment fund, the Portuguese Golden Visa application process generally takes significantly longer than the D7 application process.

While the process took around 9 months before Covid-19, many applications are now taking around 12 months or more to complete.

How much money do you need to immigrate to Portugal?2021-04-17T15:55:30+00:00

The Portuguese Golden Visa Program does not have a minimum net worth requirement, however in order to gain Portuguese residency through this program, you’ll have to invest a minimum of €280,000 in Portuguese property (and most likely the minimum eligible investment for a freehold property will be priced at €350,000+).

You also have the option of investing €350,000 in a Portuguese investment fund until the end of 2021 (€500,000 from 2022 onwards).

Under the D7 Visa Program, on the other hand, your stable recurring income levels will be a key consideration. As of 2021, Portugal’s minimum wage is €665 per month (€7,980 per year). If you have a stable recurring (and ideally passively sourced) income of €665 or more, you may be eligible to apply for a Portuguese D7 Residency Visa.

While not every Portuguese embassy will accept savings as the basis for a D7 Residency Visa application, there are many who will consider a combination of savings and recurring income, or even just savings. The D7 residency permit is issued for a period of 2 years (24 months), hence you’ll have to have savings in excess of €15,960 (€665 x 24 months) in order to apply – and ideally substantially more.

Note: Bear in mind that the Portuguese immigration authorities enjoy a substantial margin of discretion when it comes to appraising D7 Visa applications. Therefore, treat the above income requirements as the absolute minimum; the more income or savings you can prove above the minimums indicated above, the more likely it is that your residency application will be successful.

Can I get residency in Portugal if I buy a house?2021-04-17T15:52:50+00:00

The answer is yes, but not just any house. While the Portuguese Golden Visa Program does have a €280,000 investment option, investments at this price point are typically share-scheme investments, rather than freehold properties, in low-income, low-density areas outside of cities such as Porto and Lisbon.

If you’re looking to obtain Portuguese residency by means of buying a property you can live in, you should generally expect to invest no less than €350,000 – and that’s before you’ve paid any professional service, government processing, taxes and property transfer fees.

Is it easy to get residency in Portugal?2021-04-17T15:47:52+00:00

Immigrating to another country is typically an administration intensive process – and especially if you’re buying a property in Portugal in the process.

The D7 Visa Program is generally considered to be one of the fastest, most affordable ways of gaining Portuguese residency, however it does require you to stay in-country for longer than 6 months per year in order to maintain your legal residency status over time.

Alternatively, you can visit the country twice a year for a minimum of 2 months per visit, provided that you are not outside of country for longer than 6 consecutive months at a time.

How can I become a resident of Portugal?2021-04-17T16:15:28+00:00

There are various ways of getting residency in Portugal. In addition to applying for Portuguese residency by ancestry (also known as residency by descent), as the non-EU spouse of a Portuguese citizen, or on the basis of gaining Portuguese employment, you can also apply for residency via the Portuguese Golden Visa and D7 Passive Income Visa programs.

What is the difference between a Portugal residency visa and their residency permit?2021-04-17T15:44:41+00:00

Firstly, a distinction must be drawn between Portuguese long-stay visas and residency visas. Long-stay visas include study visas, internship visas, work visas, spousal visas and medical treatment visas, among others.

Residency visas, on the other hand, are a kind of “entry stamp” visa that allow the holder to apply for a residency permit. Portuguese residency visas are valid for a period of 4 months and 2 entries, allowing the holder to enter Portugal and apply for a residency permit.

Non-EU applicants applying for residency permits under both the D7 Visa and Golden Visa programs receive residency permits.

How much does the D7 Visa cost?2021-08-01T07:03:11+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 €2,500 in professional service fees for your D7 Visa application as a single applicant, and only €3,000 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?2021-05-10T12:19:20+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?2021-05-10T12:22:03+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?2021-05-10T12:21:51+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?2021-05-10T12:20:27+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?2021-05-10T12:20:35+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?2021-05-10T12:20:55+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.

Who can apply for the D7 Visa?

As of 2020, the D7 Visa is increasingly popular among Americans, Canadians, Britons (post-Brexit), Russians, Middle Easterners as well as citizens of China and Hong Kong.


While the D7 is frequently referred to as the Portuguese Retirement Visa, the program is in fact open to applicants of any age, from any country – as long as they are able to meet the program’s eligibility requirements. Provided that the above criteria can be met, the program is open to non-EU applicants from across the world.

As of 2020, the program has increasingly popular among long-term digital nomads, remote workers / telecommuters, affiliate marketers, crypto traders, online consultants, digital entrepreneurs and a host of other location independent professionals.

So if you’re looking to move to Portugal in 2021 or 2022, this is the residency program for you.

Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to know whether you can apply based on your specific situation.

Key benefits of the Portugal D7 Visa Program

Enjoy visa-free travel across the entire Schengen Area for up to 90 days out of every 180 days.

Bring your entire family to move to Portugal – and your spouse can work in the country as well.

Obtain Portuguese residency for your family in as little as 4-5 months thanks to a fast, simple application process.

Enjoy access to Portugal’s acclaimed national healthcare system as a resident of the country.

Enjoy a preferential tax rate with the Portuguese Non-Habitual Residency (NHR) Program.

Enjoy access to Portugal’s National Education Service, schools, and vocational training.


Gain the right to work and do business within Portugal as an independent professional.

After you hold Portuguese residency for 1 year, your newborn children can become Portuguese citizens.

How does the D7 Visa differ from the Golden Visa?

The D7 Visa offers foreign (non-EEA) retirees and individuals with stable passive or recurring income sources the ability to obtain Portuguese residency and eventual citizenship. And what’s more, you can apply for it without the need to make a significant investment in the country.

Often referred to as the Portuguese Retirement Visa, the D7 is actually a passive income visa comparable to the Spanish Non Lucrative Visa (“residencia temporal no lucrativa” in Spanish).

Unlike with the Portugal Golden Visa Program, proof of rented accommodation can be used to meet the domicile requirement for D7 residency.

Check out some of the key differences between the Golden Visa and the D7 Visa Programs below:

Minimum Investment Required €350,000+ €0
Process Timeline 9 – 12 months 3 – 4 months
Family Eligible Yes Yes
Path to Permanent Residency & Citizenship Yes Yes
Minimum In-Country Stay Requirement Per Year 1 Week 6 Months
Portuguese Language Proficiency Required No No
Non-Habitual Residency Program Eligibility Yes Yes
Professional Services Fees €25,000+ From €2,495
Recurring Income Required No Yes
Medical Insurance Required Yes Yes
Portuguese Tax Number (NIF) Required Yes Yes

General program requirements

There are effectively five primary requirements:

  1. Financial self-sufficiency: In order to gain Portuguese residency under the D7 Program, you’ll have to prove to the Portuguese immigration authorities that you will be able to accommodate and support yourself while living in Portugal, without becoming a burden onto the state.

    This financial requirement can be met by proving either adequate stable, recurring income, or on the basis of significant savings, or through a combination of the two. (More on the exact financial requirements for the program below.)

  2. Proof of accommodation: While you’re not required to buy a property in Portugal, you are required to have an address; a long term rental lease (ideally for 12 months or longer), permission from a friend or family member with a property in Portugal to use their property. While long-term Airbnb bookings used to be acceptable, these are increasingly being rejected. (Be sure to confirm the exact acceptable types of accommodation with your local Portuguese consulate.)

  3. Comprehensive health insurance: The primary applicant and any dependent applicants will all have to have comprehensive EU-wide health insurance coverage. Each applicant must be covered for a minimum of €30,000.

    This medical cover must be pre-paid for 12 months, and the policy must not have any co-payments or coverage waiting periods associated with it. (In some instances, an affidavit stating that this insurance will be purchased within 90 days of arrival in Portugal may also suffice.)

  4. Minimum stay requirement: In order to keep your residency status renewable, you will be required to spend either 185+ days per year in country, or to not be absent from Portugal for longer than 6 months. In practice, this means that you could also do two 2-month stints in Portugal per year; one in the first semester, and one in the second semester. Having said that, you should aim to spend more than 183 days per year in Portugal to be on the safe side.

    Note: There are some instances in which you may be able to spend less time in Portugal, e.g. if you have urgent work obligations outside of the country, however the above should serve as a good indication of what will typically be required in order to renew your residency permit.

  5. Clean criminal record: As with most immigration procedures, a clean criminal record is a prerequisite. Feel free to contact us for more information in the case that you do have any minor felonies

  6. Portuguese NIF (tax number): In order to apply for the D7, you’ll have to obtain a Portuguese tax number, or Número de Identificação Fiscal, in Portuguese. We can assist you in applying for your NIF remotely on the basis of you granting us power of attorney. We’ll also be able to serve as your tax representatives in Portugal until such time as you move to the country.

  7. Portuguese bank account with locally deposited funds: While this requirement is not gazetted, per se, Italian consulates are increasingly requiring applicants to open a Portuguese national bank account and deposit a minimum of around €7,000 in it (if you’re a single applicant). For married couples, the required deposit amount is around €10,500+).

    While all of the above requirements are not strictly articulated in law, they serve to prove demonstrable ties with the country, and a clear intention to settle there.

D7 Recurring income requirements 2021

In order to qualify for the D7 Visa, applicants must be able to prove earning sufficient passive income to support themselves in Portugal without relying on salaried income.

Sources of income that qualify towards meeting this requirement include stable rental income from movable or immovable assets, monthly pension payouts, royalties and dividends. (Dividends can qualify, provided that you are not actively involved in the running of the company from which these payments are received.)

There is no stated minimum personal net worth requirement for the program. However, the Portuguese immigration authorities enjoy a large amount of discretion in terms of D7 Visa approvals. Consequently, you may be required to submit proof of significant available savings, in addition to the passive income requirement.

The minimum passive income thresholds for the program are discussed in more detail below. For starters, individual applicants are expected to earn at least €665 per month (€7,980 per year). It is, however, highly advisable to treat this as the absolute minimum requirement. The higher your passive income earnings, the more likely your visa is to be approved.

As of May 2021, the minimum stable, recurring income requirements for the D7 program are as follows:

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


The Portuguese immigration authorities may, at their sole discretion, approve your application based on accessible savings. In such instances, you will be expected to have a minimum of €23,940 in savings as a couple.

That’s €7,980 x 2 (€15,960) for the primary applicant, and an additional €7,980 for your spouse, to cover your living expenses and accommodation for the 2-year period for which the initial residency permit is authorised.

For every additional dependent, you’ll have to show €4,788 (30% of the minimum wage for 2021 x 24 months).

The visa application process

Step 1: Booking of consular appointment

Step 2: Compilation of application file with your case manager

Step 3: Attend consular appointment

Step 4: Submit full visa application and receive notification of your application outcome within approximately 60 days.

Step 5: Receive your temporary visa (valid for 4 months).

Step 6: Travel to Portugal to attend your SEF interview and obtain your Portuguese temporary residency permit (typically issued with 1 to 2 years’ validity).

Step 7: Renew your temporary residency permit every 2 years, and apply for permanent residency after 5 years.

What documents are required

As of November 2020, you’ll require the following documents to apply for the D7 Visa…

  • Documentary evidence of having predictable, regular passive income as outlined above.

  • Documentary evidence of the means to support yourself and any dependents while living in Portugal. (An example of this could be a Portuguese bank statement showing a stable balance of at least of at least €10,000 or more for a single applicant.)

  • Documentary proof of having accommodation in Portugal. (A property title deed, rental agreement or property loan agreement can be submitted to meet this criterion.)

  • Your passport, valid for at least 6 months beyond the expiry date of your D7 Visa.

  • Two recent passport size colour photos

  • A formal declaration outlining your motivations for seeking Portuguese residency

  • A comprehensive health insurance policy to the value of at least €30,000 per family member. These policies are generally pre-payable up front for a period of 12 months. However, you also have the option of submitting an affidavit stating that this insurance will be purchased in Portugal within 90 days of your arrival.

  • A clean criminal record certificate or apostilled police clearance letter.

What are the minimum stay requirements for the D7 Visa?

Time Period Minimum Stay Requirement Renewable At Subsequent Residency Renewal Period
Year 1 and Year 2 6 consecutive months, or 8 non-consecutive months per year. The end of year 2 3 years
Years 3 to 5 6 consecutive months, or 8 non-consecutive months per year. The end of year 5 Another 3-year residency, permanent residency, or citizenship.

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