Aimed at highly qualified professionals, whether they already hold a Blue Card issued in another country or not.
To obtain this residence permit, the worker must, among other requirements, demonstrate that they are a highly qualified worker and have signed an employment contract with an entity based in Portugal.
Step 1 – Visa application
The European Blue Card must be applied for by the person concerned or their employer at the Portuguese Consulate of the country of residence, and they must meet the requirements for a D3 residence visa.
The visa issued entitles the holder to 2 entries into Portugal and is valid for 120 days, during which time the holder must travel to Portugal.
Note: it is possible to apply for a residence permit directly in Portugal if the applicant has entered the country legally and/or already holds a blue card issued in another country. An appointment is then made with AIMA (Agency for Migration Integration and Asylum) and the necessary documentation is prepared to be presented on that date.
Step 2 – Applying for a residence permit
After entering Portugal, the applicant will have to attend an appointment with AIMA (Agency for Migration Integration and Asylum), to provide updated documentation and information and to collect biometric data (photo, fingerprints, and signature).
The applicant will be notified regarding the decision within 60 working days of the date of submission.
Step 3 – Receipt of the residence card
After scheduling, the residence card will be sent to the applicant’s registered address in Portugal.
The residence card is valid for 2 years. At the end of these 2 years, it can be renewed for a further 3 years. At the end of the 5 years, you can choose to apply for a permanent residence permit or/and Portuguese nationality.
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