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Given the changing workplace and the rise of remote working, as well as increasing globalization, we are pleased to announce that Portugal has introduced a digital nomad visa in October 2022 allowing foreign nationals who are not citizens of a country of the European Union or European Economic Area to live in Portugal for up to one year while working remotely for a foreign company. The new visa offers a solution to what is often described as the “visa run” where a person leaves and returns to a country to accommodate the time scale and allow re-application for a new visa at short notice.
The exciting move to create a digital nomad visa is part of Portugal’s program to review and revise its immigration law to maintain its relevance on the global stage.
, a partner who leads our immigration team in our Porto office, points out that “Portugal has one of the most generous visa systems in Europe and the new digital nomad visa will make it easier for people to take advantage of the benefits of working in one of the most popular destinations for digital nomads.” They further comment “the new visa will facilitate the expansion of high-tech and IT skills in key cities in Portugal, which will have a ripple effect in improving Portugal’s reputation for expertise in these sectors. strategic”.
There are two routes to obtain a digital nomad visa, the temporary residence visa, valid for six months and perfect for those who do not wish to become a tax resident, and a one-year residential residence visa option, both of which can be renewed.
The criteria for the digital nomad visa are as follows:
- Clear proof must be provided of a minimum income of 2,820? per month deposited in a Portuguese bank over a period of three months.
- Proof of tax residence.
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate a clean criminal record.
- Proof of employment with an organization based outside of Portugal.
- Evidence of a contract proving that you work for clients if you are self-employed or engaged as a self-employed professional, such as – statutes of the association; a service contract; a written proposal for the provision of services to one or more organizations.
- Travel insurance, including health insurance and possibility of repatriation.
- Proof of accommodation.
Giambrone & Partners’ experienced English-speaking immigration lawyers provide full service support throughout your application. We will provide you with essential advice on all the requirements to ensure your successful application and help you with additional requirements, such as opening a bank account and obtaining a tax identification number (TIN) . We can also provide insurance quotes and, if needed, we can help you find accommodation.
Our lawyers will diligently prepare and submit the application on behalf of individuals who plan to engage in remote work in Portugal, from the applicant’s home country.
Following the application, an appointment will be made at the nearest Portuguese Embassy to the applicant’s city of residence. A successful application usually takes no more than two to three months.
The Digital Nomad Visa opens the door to a hassle-free visa allowing for a smoother life in Portugal.
Rute Lourenço advises clients on immigration matters and a range of visa applications. Her expertise extends in more than one direction, Rute also provides valuable advice and insight into non-contentious corporate and commercial matters, she has extensive experience in drafting complex cross-border contracts with protective clauses that offer the maximum guarantees for our customers.
If you would like to apply for a Portuguese Digital Nomad Visa, please contact Rute Registrar Bruno Dinz on [email protected] or please click here
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