The residence visa for the exercise of professional activity on behalf of others allows its holder to live in Portugal with the purpose of working there. The legalisation process begins with obtaining a residence visa, also known as a D1 visa, which is intended to allow its holder to enter Portugal in order to apply for a residence permit.
To obtain this visa, the worker must, among other things, show that it has signed a promissory contract or an employment contract with a company based in Portugal.
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 2 entries into Portugal and is valid for 120 days, during which time the holder must travel to Portugal.
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.
Note: the estimated time to complete the whole process will depend on many factors, but on average it will be around 8-9 months between the time of applying for the visa and receiving the residence card.
The residence card is valid for 2 years. At the end of these 2 years, it is possible to renew it for an additional period of 3 years. At the end of the 5 years the applicant may choose to apply for a permanent residence permit or Portuguese nationality.
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