With its bucolic scenery and year-round sunshine, Portugal remains to be one of the best and most affordable destinations in Europe. Mediterranean beaches, medieval alleyways, deep valleys and rolling hills, dramatic cityscapes and a myriad of colorful towns abound in this culturally rich country.

It is among the oldest countries in Europe that adjusted well to modernization and is now considered one of the world’s most globalized and peaceful countries. Portugal is a member of the European Union.

Through their Golden Residence Permit Program launched in 2012, foreigners are now given the right to live in Portugal. They only need to purchase a real estate property of at least €500,000. Other investment options include investing a million Euros in capital or establishing a business that can create 10 jobs in Portugal. Once the Golden visa is issued, visa holder can travel freely to all EU countries in the Schengen area and apply for Portuguese citizenship after six years.

If you want to go to Portugal for a longer period of time (e.g. if you will work or study there), then you need a Portugal National Visa, not the Schengen Visa. Depending on the purpose of your travel to Portugal, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occasion. Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside in Portugal permanently, you will have to apply for a different Portuguese Schengen Visa, accordingly.


Non-EU nationals who want to work in Portugal will have to apply for a Portugal Work Visa. To be eligible for a Portuguese work visa:


The work is therefore regarded as legal only if the foreigner performs the work identified in the permit.

This means that if the foreigner wants to change jobs (i.e. change employer and / or position and / or industry) in which he is employed, he must obtain a new permit.


A work permit is issued for a fixed period, however, for no longer than 3 years. In the case of foreigners who perform work as members of boards of companies employing more than 25 people at the time of application for a permit, the voivode may issue a permit for a period not longer than 5 years. Although the law indicates for what period a work permit may be granted, the voivode may shorten the period for which work permits in the voivodship are issued. The validity of the permit to work may therefore vary between voivodships.

  • Your valid passport.
  • Passport-size pictures, following Schengen visa picture guidelines.
  • Proof of sufficient funds to sustain yourself.
  • Your criminal records from your country of residence. If you have lived in another country for more than one year, you have to get criminal records from there as well.
  • A document giving permission to the SEF to check your Portuguese criminal records.
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of accommodation in Portugal.
  • Your employment contract.
  • If you are already in Portugal: Proof of legal entry into Portuguese territory, such as a visa.
  • If you are applying from a country other than that of your origin: Proof of legal stay, such as a residence permit or a visa.
  • All the documents you submit have to be in English or Portuguese. If they are not, you must have them translated by a certified translator and then notarized.
  • Certain documents, such as diplomas or civil documents, may have to be legalized. You can legalize documents through an Apostille Stamp or through the Portuguese Embassy in your country.