Who are they for?
Residence visas are visas that allow foreigners to stay in Portugal for a period of more than one year.
Features and advantages of these visas
– These visas are valid for a period of 4 months and allow two entries into Portugal. During this period, the visa holder must travel to Portugal and attend an appointment at AIMA to obtain their biometric data in order to be issued with a residence card;
– Allows the submission of accompanying person visas for close family members at the same time as the main applicant’s application for a D2 visa, so that they can immigrate at the same time as the main applicant.
The D2 visa allows the following family members to obtain an accompanying person visa:
- a) Spouse;
- b) Minor or incapacitated children dependent on the applicant;
- c) Adopted minors;
- d) The applicant’s adult dependent children;
- e) The applicant’s first degree relatives in the ascending line;
- f) Minor siblings under the applicant’s guardianship.
The attribution of a residence permit for entrepreneurs – known as a D2 Visa – is divided into two phases:
- Phase 1 – Consulate – Allocation of the Residence Visa
Applicants must submit an application for a residence visa to the Portuguese Consulate or Consular Section of the Portuguese Embassy in their country of origin or country of residence, either in person or via the E-visa portal (depending on the consulate involved).
It should be noted that in certain countries, in order to deal with the volume of applications, the Consulate may delegate powers to VFS Global, which is a company that receives the applications before they are analysed by the Consulate.
When submitting an application for a residence visa, the following documents must be provided, among others:
– Proof of setting up a business in Portugal
– Proof of means of subsistence
Once this residence visa application has been submitted, the Consulate has 60 days to issue it.
When the residence visa is issued, it is time for the applicant to travel to Portugal to apply for a residence permit.
- Phase 2 – AIMA – Allocation of the Residence Permit
In most cases, the residence permit is issued by the Consulate with the date and place of the appointment. Where this is not the case, it is necessary to request an appointment by telephone.
At the time of the appointment, the applicant will collect biometric data – photograph, fingerprints and signature – and submit the necessary documentation, namely:
- Tax Identification Number (NIF)
- Proof of issue of Social Security Number (NISS)
- Proof of accommodation
- Proof of setting up a business in Portugal
Once all the documents have been submitted, AIMA has 90 days to issue the residence card.
Features and advantages of the residence card
– The residence permit as an entrepreneur is issued for a period of 2 years and is renewable for a subsequent period of 3 years;
– This type of residence permit allows the possibility of applying for family reunification;
– Allows travel within the Schengen Area as a tourist for a period of 90 days without the need for a Schengen visa;
– Access to the National Health System;
– Access to the Courts, Education and the Business World
– Eligibility to obtain Portuguese nationality after 5 years of legal residence in Portugal;
– Eligibility to obtain a permanent residence permit after 5 years of legal residence in Portugal.
Minimum length of stay required to renew residence card
During the period of validity of the residence card, the holder must not leave the country for more than 6 consecutive months or 8 interpolated months.
However, there are a few exceptions to the obligation to meet these deadlines which, as exceptions, do not result in the cancellation of the residence permit. The existence of significant personal, family or professional reasons that justify the need to be absent from the country for periods longer than those listed above do not affect the maintenance of the residence permit by its holder.