Learn about work visas in Portugal thanks to Horizons’ up-to-date guide.
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Only non-EU/non-EEA/non-Swiss citizens are required to get a work visa; however, if the EU citizen working in Portugal stays longer than 6 months, they are required to get a Residence Certificate (Certificado de Registo).
For citizens who are required to get a Portugal work visa, there are several types including:
The following documents are required to apply for a work visa in Portugal;
There are three main parts to having a Portugal work visa processed:
Work visas in Portugal are generally valid for 1-2 years, at which point they will need renewed. After living and working in Portugal for 5 years on a work visa, the work visa holder will be entitled to apply for permanent residency.
An employee on a working visa who wants to changs jobs must reapply at the SEF and provide an offer letter and proof of legal entry into Portugal (i.e. a visa from your original entrance).
Work visas in Portugal allow you to bring your family on a family visa; the family visa in Portugal entitles the holder to apply for work. If you bring your spouse to Portugal, they will need to apply at the SEF before being legally able to work, but if approved should have no problem earning income.
The EU Blue Card allows holders to work and reside in any EU Country. Applicants of the EU Blue Card must have spent 3 years completing higher education in the EU, or have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the EU. Holders of the EU Blue Card must have a salary that is 20%-50% higher than the average.
Yes, Portugal work visa holders can bring their family members (ex. Spouse or dependent children) to Portugal. To qualify, the work visa holder must be able to prove that they have sufficient funds to provide adequate care and accommodation for your family members.
The Portugal work visa is valid for 1 year and can be renewed up to 5 years. After 5 years of working in Portugal on a Portugal work visa, the employee may apply for permanent residence in Portugal.
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