It is intended for foreign nationals who wish to enter Portugal to seek employment. After signing an employment contract with a company based in Portugal, it will be possible to convert the job search visa into a residence permit.
In order to obtain a work-seeker’s visa, the Applicant must, among other things, prove that it has submitted a declaration of expression of interest for registration with the IEFP – Institute for Employment and Vocational Training.
Step 1 – Visa application
The residence visa must be requested at the Portuguese Consulate of the country of residence or citizenship.
The visa issued entitles the holder to 1 entry into Portugal and is valid for 120 days, extendable for a further 60 days, during which time the holder must travel to Portugal to seek employment.
Step 2 – Application for a residence permit
After entering Portugal, the Applicant will have to make an interview with the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF), to collect biometric data (photograph, fingerprints and signature).
Step 3 – Residence card issuance
After the interview, the residence card will be sent to the Applicant’s address in Portugal.
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