Portugal Visas, Permits and Immigration

by Jose Marc Castro on August 11, 2009

VISAPortugal200Portugal or the Portuguese Republic is on the Iberian Peninsula, situated in Europe’s southwestern portion. The country is considered as mainland Europe’s westernmost country.  The vast Atlantic Ocean lies on its southern and western area while Spain borders it on its eastern and northern portions. The other parts of Portugal include the Atlantic archipelagos of Madeira and Azores.

Portugal has a Mediterranean climate and has one of Europe’s warmest countries. This is best felt in the Azores and Madeira areas where there are narrow temperature variations throughout the year.

Tagus is the main river that splits mainland Portugal. Portugal’s northern areas are mountainous with interior areas of plateaus enclosed in river valleys. Rolling plains between the Algarve and Tagusare are truly breathtaking sites in the country.  Occasional snow is expected along its northern portion, mostly from October to May in the country’s southern portion. Its coastal areas also experience snowfall once every 5 or 6 years.

Portugal’s Economy

The economy of Portugal is based on the industry and services it offers, which include its automotive industry and software services. The business sectors are geared toward traditional industries such as clothing, textiles, and cork along with footwear products, beverages and wood products. Beverages produced by factories in this country include juice, beer, soft drinks and wine among others.

The country currently focuses on private investments, exports and even on the development of their high-tech sectors. Their exportation of technology has downsized their importations.

The current conditions though in the country have been lamented in Portugal Expat Forum last May 14, 2009:

The recession is worldwide. There have been people involved here, including a lot of expats who have had to sell their holiday homes. This has been mainly on the Algarve though, prices on the Silver coast have been pretty stable.

The Immigration Policy of Portugal

The Prime Minister of Portugal, Jose Socrates, has requested for a common immigration policy with that of the European Union due to Europe’s growing number of illegal immigrants. The proposed common policy aims to involve the harmonization of laws with regards to the entry of the immigrants. It aims to improve “border” cooperation and to provide joint aids towards other nations.

Around 25 members of the European Union are currently framing this immigration policy. As of now, discussions about this joint policy are well underway.  This is due to the complex issue of aligning various national rules as well as solutions to the growing number of illegal immigrants.

This is considered as politically urgent. With Portugal counting 450,000 illegal immigrants, its population of about 10.5 million has already escalated to serious conditions such as high unemployment rates and low GDP in the past few years.

Visa Applications

European citizens only need an ID to enter Portugal. Other nationals have 2 options for entering Portugal, which include:

1.    Securing a visa through a private company offering visa services. Some of these companies have online communication options, which means  they can be contacted through email among other digital communication protocols. However, it is still best to check their accreditation status supposedly granted by embassies.
2.    Applying in person at a Portugal embassy in your locality. Those living in London need to secure an application from the embassy of Portugal in London. The areas it caters to include:

•    Berkshire;
•    Bedfordshire;
•    Cambridgeshire;
•    Buckinghamshire;
•    Channel Islands;
•    Cornwall;
•    Dorset;
•    Devon;
•    Gloucestershire;
•    Essex;
•    Hampshire;
•    Greater London;
•    Isles of Sicily;
•    Hertfordshire;
•    Kent;
•    Isle of Wight;
•    Somerset;
•    Oxfordshire;
•    Surrey;
•    Suffolk;
•    Wiltshire; and
•    Sussex (West and East).

The premium rate appt. number of the London Consulate is 09065 540789. 1.00 GBP is charged per minute, and only those who have an appointment will be entertained in person. Otherwise, you will not be admitted at the said Portuguese Consulate. Those in other countries need to contact the Portugal Embassy of Manchester.

As for other visa applicants, you need to have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of the trip. The passport must at lease have a minimum of two blank facing pages for stamp purposes.

Tourist Visa

An applicant for a Portugal tourist visa needs to initially make a booking prior to submitting the completed visa application. Here is the list of nationalities required to personally apply for a Portugal Tourist Visa:

•    Albania
•    Afghanistan
•    Bahrain
•    Algeria
•    Belarus
•    Bangladesh
•    China
•    Burundi
•    Democratic Republic of Congo
•    Colombia
•    Egypt
•    Ecuador
•    CID
•    Hong Kong
•    Indonesia
•    Frandesspas Document
•    Iraq
•    Iran
•    Kazakhstan
•    Jordan
•    Kuwait
•    Kosovo
•    Libya
•    Lebanon
•    North Korea
•    Nigeria
•    Pakistan
•    Oman
•    Philippines
•    Palestine
•    Travel Document Holders
•    Qatar
•    Rwanda
•    Tunisia
•    Siera Leone
•    Saudi Arabia
•    Sri Lanka
•    Somalia
•    Surinam
•    Sudan
•    United Arab Emirates
•    Syria
•    Yemen
•    Vietnam
•    Zimbabwe
•    Zambia

Applicants are also required to attach the following documents to their visa application:

•    a completely blank visa page for the Portugal visa,  your passport, and your UK visa that should satisfy the requirements of the Portugal Embassy in London (if you are applying from London)
•    a stamp on your present passport for UK visas
•    a copy of your “fully” paid travel receipts as well as the originals
•    a copy of your accommodation details while in Portugal together with the originals
•    a copy of your Bank Statement together with the original (the minimum balance should be no less than £50 each day you plan to travel in this country)
•    an original and a copy of your College or Employment Letter
•    an original and a copy of your last 3 Payslips
•    travel Insurance
•    three Colored Passport Pictures (should have white background and visible shoulders)
•    completed and signed Visa Application for Portugal
•    completed and signed Private office case sheet along with their terms and Conditions (if you will secure this through a private company)
•    money to pay for Office Handling Fee and Portugal Embassy Fees

For family members or for a spouse of an EU national, marriage certificates as well as birth certificates should be notarized by the noted embassy of the foreign national.

As for work permits into Portugal, an expat shared their experience in the Portugal Expat Forum last August 10, 2009:

I’m in the process of getting my work visa for Portugal. It’s not that difficult to get, provided your employer is has advertised the job in Portugal for 30 days before hiring you, and is willing to run around a bit to get all the necessary paperwork together.
After advertising the job for 30 days, the employer has to get a declaration from the IEFP (Instituto do Emprego e Formacao Profissional) to prove that they have done so and were unable to recruit a suitable candidate locally or in the EU. This then has to be submitted, along with a signed employment contract, proof of travel insurance (1 year), police clearance and AIDS and Hepatitis checks, to the consular section at the Portuguese embassy in SA (if you’re in SA). Apparently the quota for hiring foreigners in Portugal is full, but they will assess each situation on a case-by-case basis. If you’re being employed as a skilled worker, it shouldn’t be a problem. It takes about 2-3 weeks for the visa section in Lisbon to process the visa.

I’m waiting for my visa at the moment, and will hopefully get it this week.


The standard visa fee for private companies ranges from £46 to £48 while an office service charge is from £94.00 to £100.00. The total cost ranges from £140.00 to £160.00. This already includes the £60 embassy fee. You need to pay an additional fee of £6.00 if you want to be informed regularly.

Officially though, the following are the visa fees charged:

Note that the EU has decided that all Schengen states are to charge 60 euro for entry visas from 1 January 2007.

National visas have different fees:

– Residence visa : 80 Euros;

– Temporary stay : 65 Euros, including for:

– Short stay (1-90 days): 60 Euros;

– Transit Visa : 60 Euros

– VVTL Visa (only valid to Portugal): 60 Euros;


Delays and even rejection may happen if incorrect and insufficient documentation of your visa application was presented. Make sure you seek the advice of accredited travel offices. Better yet, transact only with the Portuguese embassy.

{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

hassan khalil mohame February 10, 2010 at 11:26 am

hi Sir.DEAR.Madam . I was working in Canada for 6years now. as cleaning and maintenance.am just asking if can help me to get work visa in Portugal. thank you


rajpal March 16, 2010 at 8:30 am

hi sir

i have a query that employer from portugal offering me a job how the work permit should be obtained. Iam from India help me to communicate vyour expert advice


pankaj May 5, 2010 at 12:42 pm

hi sir / madam
i whant information for work parmit in portugal but i dont have any compny ponser later possible whiout ponser later


Faizan May 15, 2010 at 9:43 am

hi sir / madam,

i am living in pakistan & i will visit portugal i want information how iam apply in portugal visit visa embassy in pakistan
plz sir give a information


Arun May 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Dear SirMadam,
I am Living in Nepal and i will study in portugal i want more informatiom how can i apply for it ? Plz give me a some information.


Robert D'Souza May 30, 2010 at 9:09 am

Dear Sir,
I wish to immegrate to Portugal. For your information, I am an Indian nationational and at the moment
working in Saudi Arabia. I am a BA graduate and 56 years old. I have thorough knoledge in Import
Export business. Please let me know if I can settle down in Portugal.
Tks & Rgds
Robert D'Souza
email: [email protected]


Robert D'Souza May 31, 2010 at 8:41 am

Is it possible for me to migrate to Portugal?


Bindira June 6, 2010 at 8:55 am

I am from Nepal. Now i came in London for my further study with dependent. I am doing Diploma in Business. Is it possible to migrate in Portugal?
Can i apply for study there?


Torres Vega February 5, 2011 at 6:53 am

it is soo funny. if you are already in the UK, why do u wann go to portugal to study ? Portugal is rubbish, there is no job at all, university offers studies in Portugese, NOT in english. u might have heard about the residence permit in Portugal, which is not true. Have u ever seen such people ? there was a mass legalisation in 2005 but it will never happen again ( Source: portugese government ) becoz that encourage illegal immigration.
Those who got it are the ones who applied asylum. but if u r already in the UK why u wanna apply in Portugal. UK is much better than portugal. and by the way, u must have already given the finger prints, so nomatter whereever u go, they will find you and recognize you. u can never apply asylum.
stop dreaming . Humans always think, other side is greener and dont recognize their own gardens of apples. stay in the UK, study, then go to USA , that wud be my suggestion. if u dont study well, prepare to go back home.


nadeem September 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm

yes ,u can get viza if u work here in portugal at list for 7 mounths


Dear sir June 19, 2010 at 4:57 am

I am from Afghnistan, greduated from computer science, i want to study in portugal, what i need please answer me i will wait to your answer and help


M. Islam July 10, 2010 at 12:44 am

My Nationality Bangladeshi and I live London, I got Portugal visit visa, I want to go Portugal by Car, It possible?


Adah July 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I work in Tanzania,I have to attend a conference in August 20th 2010 in Portugal, How will I get the visa. Please I need this guidance immediately.


sajid August 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Dear sir,

I am pakistani and now i am working in libya i want to visit portugal for few days of my holidays please guide me what type of documents i need and what are the requirments for my visa application also tell me the time duration of all process

Thank you.


muksadul hasan August 15, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Dear sir,

I am bangladeshi.now i am working in malaysia.i want go to portugal for few days of my holidays.please guide me what type of documents i need and what are the requirements for my visit visa application also tell me the time duration of all process.



Janette August 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I am a british citizen lookin to live in portugal in a few years. I would like to know if i need a visa as i would be looking at working there.


ahmed March 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

yes you can live in portugal of course this is a big earth !


mohammad adrees September 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm


this is MOHAMMAD ADREES .i am waiting for the opening of

Purtugal embassy from last three months.because i want to apply my

workpermet for Purtugal.i will be very thankful to u if u tell me that

Purtugal embassy is now working?if yes then how i can take the

oppiontment.please must reply my mail.i am keenly waiting for your kind

reply. hoping for your favourable answer



larry September 7, 2010 at 9:53 pm


please i really need your opinion, i am to attend a symposium in portugal on october 11-15th 2010,but now i will be in Germany on 18th to 20th ,and i got just a week visa from Germany embassy in my country Nigeria.

so i contact the organizer in portugal but they assure me of getting the portugal visa in lisbon portugal if i can come when i arrive in germany.so i want to know if it is possible and what are the requirement so i can bring along, i was think of coming with all the document i used for the Germany embassy so i can present it also.

why am doing this is that i cannot get the appoiment at the portugues embassy when i arrive from Germany.

please advice me what to do.




Kaka chime September 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Hi all,am in portugal and i came there for visit,but in my daily recreation,i saw and loved a sports club,and now i want to join them to be playing internationally,what am i to do since i dont have a working permit?pls reply thanks and God bless.


dolma October 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm

hello,we r nepali citizen,is it possible to migrate in pourtugal wid my family ?plz help n let me know wat r the conditions to apply n how.thanku.


sim October 7, 2010 at 10:13 am

why arnt we getting any replys?


Muhammad Afzaal October 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Dear Sirs
i am interested in pourtgal immigration as skilled person. i have five experince in relevant field. plz give me information about it. thanks


Muhammad Afzaal October 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Dear sirs,

i am living in Uk as a student. i am interested for Pourtgal immigration as a skilled person because i have five year job experience in relevant field to my education career. Plz give me information. Thanks



jagat October 25, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I am from Nepal. Now i came in London for my further study. Is it possible to migrate in Portugal for work permits


Gomes November 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm

hello, i',m Mr. Gomes. at moment i'm living in uk as student. i want to go to portugal. but visa finished. i apply for visa. still i didn't get my passport. if i don't get visa than i'll go to portugal. please could you help how to go. i heard about portugal and migrate in portugal for work permit. please give me information. thanks.


mavel November 15, 2010 at 1:05 am

Hi,i would like to ask if i need a visa going to Portugal to visit a friend,for 2 weeks and im a Permanent Resident in Canada,on the process for my citizenship.Thank you i really need to know.


ismail November 30, 2010 at 2:01 am

how many years a person need to stay legally in your country to get Portuguese citizenship.


Sitaram Aryal December 2, 2010 at 7:18 am

Dear Sir/Madam
Hello, this is Sitaram Aryal from Nepal ,I have nepali passport and citizenship . I am living in Nepal , I need Portugal working visa can you help me what is the process ? Portugal embassy is not here where I will contact ?


SItaram Aryal December 3, 2010 at 5:47 am

Dear Sir/Madam
Hello, this is Sitaram Aryal from Nepal ,I have nepali passport and citizenship . I am living in Nepal , I need Portugal working visa can you help me what is the process ? Portugal embassy is not here where I will contact ?


Kevin Alec Rozario December 17, 2010 at 4:02 am

I, Kevin Alec Rozario (44), married and have two sons Joshua (14) and Jerome (10). We are a Catholic family residing in Hyderabad, Pakistan. My wife and I are both teachers.I'm a Post Graduate, Secondary Teacher with an experience of ten years and I have been the Internal Auditor of the Catholic Diocese of Hyderabad for three years She is a Post Graduate, Primary Teacher with eight years experience and holding Administrative responsibilities.
We want to migrate to Portugal. Please guide me with the eligibility and process.
Season Greeting.
Thank you
Kevin Rozario


Md Mujahidul Islam December 18, 2010 at 2:49 am



aarju January 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I am from Nepal. Now i came in London for my further study. i finished dental nurse. I have still 18 months visa of UK. But I wanna to stay to portugal so Is it possible to migrate in Portugal for work permits.


bibek January 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I got Master degree from Nepal, now i am as a dependent visa in London, I have no any companies offer letter from portugal,can i apply for work permit,? is there directly can apply for permanent residence.


Zahid Hussain February 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

Hi dear Sir/Mam,
I'm Mr. Zahid Hussain from Pakistan. I'm a General Electrician with 5years experience. My qualifications are:- D.Com., D.I.T, and 2years diploma of Electrical. I wants to immigrate any European country. Please tell me all about the immigration.


Philip Maningding March 22, 2011 at 7:25 am

Dear Sir/Mam,
I'm applying for tourist visa in portugal embassy but im a resident here in the philippines, how will i apply for a visa in jakarta indonesia, how much will i pay for the visa fee and where am i going to pay it here in the philippines?


md rasheduzzaman March 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm

i am an Bangladeshi working in Portugal and i am an permanent resident holder in Portugal but my wife live in Bangladesh i want my wife is come to Portugal and live with me but she is not come to Portugal before how she come Portugal and live with me permanently


raquib shikder April 1, 2011 at 2:00 am

boss can u tell me what is the condition of portugal still is there any opportunity to get permanent residence if u please let me know and i think ur wife should stand from india caz there is no embassy in bangladesh from portugal, please tell us the truth as a Bangladeshi brother caz i am in uk and my condition is not so good please give a suggestion


mohsin March 31, 2011 at 7:32 pm

hi sir! i m from pakistan but now i m in uk on student visa. i want to migrate portugal.i can do this.


zain javed April 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm

hi dear,madam!i m zain javed from pakistan…i want to do work in portugal…..anybody who tell me when will u open the portugal immigration?so plz i request all of them reply me urgently…..i wait ur reply


shiv kumar April 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm

i am indian , i wanted to plan my holidays in pourtgal for five days which are the places to see, please let me the hotels , visa enquiry and estimated expenses


n.a sikendar May 15, 2011 at 9:34 am

dear sir/madam i am Bangladeshi i working in Dubai my dream few days holiday live in Portugal how i am applied for application visa processing and where is Portugal embassy in Dubai plz give me visa possessing information


hiten May 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Hi dear sir/mam
im portuguese citizenship married in uk with belarussian wife . We planing to visit my family and have a week off in portugal to show her my country , would like to ask you under european law does she need visa to enter the country?
Please can u advise what i have to do .
Many thanks


Jakir May 30, 2011 at 10:13 am

Hi dear sir
I got Master degree from Bangladesh, I have no any companies offer letter from portugal,can i apply for work permit,? is there directly can apply for permanent residence.Please can me advise what i have to do



toufiq June 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Dear Sir, I am a Bangladeshi national,Currently living in Cyprus as a student. I am in holiday now. I wish to make a holiday in Portugal. For making this what i would have to do. I am waiting for your kind advice.


ashim June 24, 2011 at 7:27 am

dear sir; i want to know the immigration rules for uk student .and second thing is i am in spain now and i have only uk visa but i want to be immigrant in portugal so can u give me proper advice please.


m r k July 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

hi sir i m non eu citizen, my son is eu citizen (portugal) now he gonna live in other eu country, i wanna live with my son who is only 1 year old, in this situation how can i get the visa and residence permit for that country?
thank you
m r k


goncalo November 7, 2011 at 12:39 am

you want to study in portugal ok do you know portuguese, can you write portuguese, read in portuguese, if you cant keep on dreaming plus there are no jobs, 0. the country is bankrupt and going under pretty fast…


Micah B. Guerreiro November 16, 2011 at 5:42 am

To whom it may Concern:

Good day!

I am Micah B. Guerreiro, a Filipino citizen from the Philippines. I am married to a Portuguese. And I am so eager to live along with my husband who is now in his country, Portugal.

Sir/Madam, I would like to ask a help on how to get an information regarding the steps on how to apply for a permanent visa in Portugal. The information you are going to share with me will be most needed for my application and I will be much grateful for the kindness your going to give me.

I hope for your kind consideration regarding this matter.

Respectfully yours,

Micah B. Guerreiro


Harmanjeet kaur November 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm

hi sir ,we are family ,i am postgraduate in hospitality,and my husband is working, can i apply for permanent visa in portugal.


Adeel Iqbal December 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

i am living in the UK as student i, would like to visit visa what document i need for applying.


khurram December 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm

sir i am from pakistan i want satlement to portugal plz give me information about it .


saqlain January 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

i have a national visa of italy which is valid for 270 days, means that i have legal entry. now i want to apply for imigration in pourtgal. can i do it??? remember that my visa is of national type its not a schengen visa. if i got a contract of work in pourtgal then can i apply for docoments?


Surmukh January 23, 2012 at 8:12 am

Mr. Saqlain……..in ur case, you can't apply for the residence permit on the basis of that sort of visa ……………but if u have a short time work permit, issued by italian authoroties ( even if it is expired), you can still apply………………..


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