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.

{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

saber February 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm

my nationlty iranin and im ling in u.a.e dubai vithe recedence partner viza.
and i have invitation from purtogal and i go to portual for 1 week.
please lite me know for apply visa weche docoment need ?
but we dont have any acount bank in u.a.e..
i waiteng for your reply
best regurds


harvinder April 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm

hi my name name is harvinder kaur .i,m living in uk at the moment as a student .can u tell me if i apply for student visa for portugal.how long its take to get PR there thanks


m rana June 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Sir / Madam
Good day. I am south African. I like spend holiday in Portugal with my family. What type of document and do need. My two child Me and my wife. Please help me.


rupinder June 27, 2012 at 8:05 am

i have temporary residence permit of portugal and i want apply for potugesa nationalty or permant resident permit so plase tell the way who is possible . thankyou


shahzad December 29, 2012 at 1:16 am

after 6 years leagle presence(the day when you got residency card to six years).with 120 crdt hrs of portuguish language course.


Dolores July 4, 2012 at 10:13 am

I am student from Bosnia and Herzegovina. I'm going to Portugal for 3 months to be trainee (trough international exchange of students for technical experience). Do I need temporary stay visa under research and highly skilled activities?


Arafath October 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm

I am a student in Germany. I am a Bangladeshi nationals. I have German temporary residence permit for study purpose which allow me to visit any schengen state for 3 months. Now I want to apply for immigration in Portugal. can I do that?


alireza December 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm

i got portugal student visa 5 years ago from university and now i am going to finish my phd degree this year .my nationality is iranian.i decide to get permanent residence after 5 years staying here.is it possible for me to apply by myself or i should get a lawyer to facilliate getting PR.I'll be happy to receive your reply.


shahzad December 29, 2012 at 1:13 am

M.R ali raza for nationality you need 6 years of presence.with portuguish language course 120 crdts hrs.IRS of last five years. and a valid work contract.but for students i dont know exectally.it is better to go to CNAI office,they will give you authentic informations.good luck.


Prakash February 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm

hellow sir /madam
i am Nepali. i want to work in portugal.how can i apply,what documents should i submit and what is the process?please give me informations about it.


Jack amit February 15, 2015 at 4:21 am

Portugal is not good for work permit, why u want to go, if u think to stay illegal its not better ….


Noxolo May 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

I am a south african and my fiancee is mozambiquen. His mother was a poturguese and his brother lives in portugal and the rest of his family. he was born and raised in mozambique but moved to south africa few years ago. We want to go to Portugal as the rest of his family is over there but we don't know what to do please help


israr Ahmed August 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm

hello Dear sir madam, my name is israr Ahmed i have a grilfriend in portugal i need to go there for meet my gf so please tell me what docoment i needed for vist visa am from pakistan but in this moment no have portugal ambbsy in pakistan tell me when open the portugess ambbasy in pakistan >i will wait you reply


malkit April 30, 2014 at 6:41 am

I would lile to apply for pr of portugal
How can i apply my case
I am from india


vicky June 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm

I there, Im an Indian I wanna move to Portugal on job visa..I just wanna know the procedures for securing job there from my country and lemme know pay and cost of living there in portugal…..


shahed miah June 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

hello sir i am bangladeshi new and blank pasport holder i am working with contrak in lisbon . i have pay three social , i want to know when i will can submit for resident . pls can you tel me as son as posible.


Jimmy C July 4, 2014 at 9:16 am

I am a German citizen (retired) and my partner is Bulgarian (50). Do we have to do anything special to inmigrate to the Azores Islands? We would like to consider opening a small hotel there.

Thanks for any assistance


Saroj Gurung July 4, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Hi, Namaskaar . I am Nepali and I want to go in Portugal for work how there is way to go ? can I have idea here ?


mario February 26, 2016 at 10:36 pm

you can come to italy on agriculture visa, and once you get resident card then you can move to portugal easily..


Dagmar July 15, 2014 at 1:36 am

Dear Sir,
I am interestet to visit Madera and wanted to know, beeing a USA citicent, what are my requirments??
If any?
Thank you so much for youir promt respoce. Sencerely Dagmar Augustin


Binod Neupane July 28, 2014 at 2:48 pm

hello sir, I want to work in agriculture in Portugal so, give me some idea, how to apply.


putali August 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

hi im from nepal ,i ve a keen interest in living in portugal . how can i apply either in working visa or student plz give me some information. thank u


Muhammad Abid August 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm

hi im from pakistan and now i am working in Saudi Arabia ,i ve a keen interest in living in portugal . how can i apply either in working visa or permit resdence plz give me some information. thank u


makunda paudel September 10, 2014 at 6:29 am

Dear Sir
I want to work in agriculture in Portugal so, give me some idea, how to apply how many charge for apply .



Niranjan pokhrel October 26, 2014 at 10:44 am

Dear sir/madam I am still working in agriculture form in almograv, Portugal before three month. I want to stay in Portugal permanent. But I have category visa is residencia – art – 59 lei. Duration of stay 120 only. I want to help and idea to going permanent visa to stay in Portugal with my family and children. Thank you


Md.mahabub ul alam bhuiyan October 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Dear Sir.
I am Bangladeshi and now i am working in Bangladesh ,i ve a keen interest in living in portugal . how can i apply either in working visa or permit resdence plz give me some information. ………. with best regards Md.Mahabub


Faisal December 28, 2014 at 11:16 am

Hi, i m a civil engineer working in Pakistan for the last 18 years and am Pakistani national. i need to apply for settlement visa for portugal. i need to know can i do it by showing some handsome amount in the bank and which i am willing to invest in portugal as well. pl do advise


prantika January 9, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Dear Sir/Madam

I am a lady of 23 with sound health from Nepal and I am very interested to work in Portugal with my husband and child..so is there any provision for getting job??
Thank you
Waiting for your positive response


mario February 26, 2016 at 10:41 pm

you/your husband can come to work in italy on agriculture job visa. and once the document is done can brimg family….


dr nafeesa zahid January 18, 2015 at 1:12 pm

I am assistant professor I am I sound position I have two childs with my husband want to get immigration of any European country.could u help me in this regard


milan February 5, 2015 at 6:51 pm

dear sir /madam
I am in Dubai now I want to go portugal for work so how can I apply can u give some tips to apply Portugal.


mubashir February 21, 2015 at 9:32 pm

hi im from pakistan ,i ve a keen interest in living in portugal . how can i apply either in working visa or permit resdence plz give me some information. thank u


Roderick Kirk March 20, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Good day , I am a British subject presently living in South Africa, I am 64 years old and totally independant financially . I am very young at heart and still very strong phyically . I am still working ,as I have my own specialist contruction company specialising in restoration and structural repairs of buildings and conrete structures.I would in the event of my application being acceptable, find some type of employment in Maderira to keep me active . I am a very serious keen and active mountain bike, rider in my spare time. Is it possible for me to immigrate to Maderira .What is needed on my part and on a visit would I need a visa? From the information on your site a visas is necessary for a British citizen . Please confirm along with immigration requirements.
Thanking you in anticipantion ,
Rod Kirk


Zeshan Bashir May 13, 2015 at 10:15 am

i have Short Stay visa of Portugal for 20 days.
i want to apply Temporary residency in Portugal please guide me what is the procedure.
i am from Pakistan.


fayaz May 22, 2015 at 11:13 pm

Respected sir, I hope you will be fine. I am living Lisbon portugal on refugee status and I have full time work permission as well can I change my refugee status in work permit. Regards


sanoj agrawal June 25, 2015 at 3:56 pm

hellow sir /madam
i am Nepali. i want to work in portugal.how can i apply,what documents should i submit and what is the process?please give me informations about it.


minhajur rahman July 1, 2015 at 7:31 pm

hi my name is minhajur rahman I’m. 22years old. still study intermediate 2year my subject is B.M. I would like to study in portujal how can I do my study here


Shiva pradhan July 15, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Dear sir i am nepali expacts in qatar…i wana continue my bachelor level education so wana go portugal so wat can i do……do i ned anh bank ac or i can apply for scholarship?plz give me some tips….thank you


Upasana sharma koirala July 21, 2015 at 8:32 am

Hello Sir /Madam, I am from Nepal ,I am so intrested to work in Portugal with my husband and child .I want to know how to apply and how many charge for apply,and what documents should i submit and what is the process?please give me information about it. So i am waiting for your positive response.Please reply. Thank you.


nedjla July 23, 2015 at 12:05 am

Dear sir

I am an algeria citizen with British residence can I apply for portuguese visa from algeria


rikesh August 3, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Dear sir,
I am from Nepal and I have completed my bachelor in agriculture engineering.so I would like to know if I am eligible to apply for that.thank you
Rikesh Khadka


Maurice Franks August 7, 2015 at 10:14 am


I am an American retiree living in England. My U.S. Passport has Indefinite Leave to Remain in England. My wife is. United Kingdom citizen by birth and have a British passport. My retirement salary is $3,000 U.S. Per month.

We would like to move to Portugal. What will I require?


Taylor Burnett August 21, 2015 at 7:32 pm

I am a US citizen currently waiting on a work visa for Portugal. I was told it would take 30 days to be approved or denied. When and if it is approved I am to send my Passport to the Embassy to have the Visa put within it. How long will that take to receive my passport back?


mina September 11, 2015 at 7:28 am

hellow, i am from nepal my husband have 10 years working experience & want to apply for portugal in working visa. is it possible to have visa or not? please reply as soon as possible. thank u


Syed September 12, 2015 at 4:37 am

Hello sir/ madam , I am Bangladeshi . I complated graduation in my country . I know basic English as well. I need a work permit . How can I get work permit from Portugal job market please ? Thank you.Very urgent for your kind information . Good luck all.


aatiqa saeed October 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

I am from india living in pakistan ,i ve a keen interest in living in portugal . how can i apply for permit resdence plz give me some information. thank u


DIDAR SINGH December 9, 2015 at 10:09 am

hello sir,
I would like to apply for pr of portugal
How can i apply my case
I am from india now i am studing in czech republic


Zuzana February 9, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Hello Didar, please contact me on [email protected]. I can provide you all necessary information.


Lovey December 28, 2015 at 12:36 am

I want to know about open immigration in portugal


MD.Hanif Hasan February 29, 2016 at 5:51 am

Hello sir/madam,I am Bangladeshi.I completed H.S.C in my country .I know basic English as well.I need a work permit .How can a get work permit from Portugal job market or agriculture please?Thank you.Very urgent for you kind information .good luck. submitted by MD.HANIF HASAN


Paramjeet March 22, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Dear consurn
I got contrect latter form potugal farmer. but i have no declartion latter of IEFP. can i apply for further prosess for get visa


Nurbu July 2, 2016 at 7:29 am

I am from nepal and i want to know the procedure to get visa of portugal for working how can i apply if its possible please infrom me as soon as possible thank you


Mary jean Villaverde November 12, 2016 at 1:47 pm

Hi sir,madam.im here at portugal now and I’m already two months just extend my tourist visa last month..my boss was invited me to come over here and I was Work with for 6yrs now.and again they want me to work with them here..Is there any possibility that I could work with them?thank and advance!


Tino Abraham December 6, 2016 at 7:01 am

Hai,I have done graduation in agriculture from India.Presently doing an organic project. I like to work in any farms there.please provide me the formalities to migrate there.


md masud karim December 15, 2017 at 5:43 am

Sir / Madam
Good day. I am Bangladesh. I like spend holiday in Portugal with my family. What type of document and do need. My two child Me and my wife. Please help me.


dipak kumar sharma July 15, 2018 at 10:17 am

i want to be immigrant for portugal from bangladesh with my family . what should i do?


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