Portugal has just made it an even more exciting time to be a digital nomad. Offering the first digital nomad visa of its kind in Europe, applications start on October 30, three months after the Portuguese government amended immigration law.
Remote workers can apply for a one-year temporary stay visa or a residency permit that can be renewed for up to five years. Applicants need to make at least €2,800 per month a month, four times the minimum wage in Portugal.
Prior to this visa, there was no visa directed to remote workers wanting to reside in Portugal without a large investment through the Portugal Golden Visa or proof of passive income through the Portugal D7 Visa.
“Digital nomadism is a tendency that has been growing since 2020 and with the Covid-19 pandemic, remote work became the reality of many workers”, Patricia Casaburi, the managing director of Global Citizen Solutions, told Jornal de Negocios.
“This visa will simplify the procedures for foreign citizens who want to come to Portugal, and the country will benefit from the attraction of a new labor market and more human resources,” she added.
Find out whether you are eligible to apply for the Portugal digital nomad visa below.
Portugal Digital Nomad Visa Requirements
The main requirement for Portugal’s digital nomad visa is your salary. You must have made at least four times Portugal’s minimum wage, €2,800 per month, in the last three months prior to your application.
Only those from outside the EU and EEA can apply. You must also be employed by a company outside of Portugal or self-employed. These will naturally be checked officially through tax residency documents, proof of employment, and proof of income for the last three months.
You can apply for this digital nomad visa at a Portuguese Consulate in your home country or at the Portuguese Immigration and Border Service, also known as SEF.
Portugal D7 Visa vs Digital Nomad Visa
Since the covid-19 pandemic, the number of foreign residents in Portugal has increased exponentially through the D7 Visa. Also known as the Retirement or Passive Income Visa, the D7 Visa is a long-term residency visa that was introduced in 2007.
This visa is for non-EU/EEA citizens who want to reside in Portugal and have a reasonable passive income. The minimum passive income required is around €820 per month, the minimum wage.
The Digital Nomad Visa is a new alternative to the D7 Visa. To be eligible for the D7 visa, your earnings must come from passive income, such as a real estate investment.
With the Portugal Digital Nomad Visa, you do not need passive income, and your salary is considered eligible. Although the amount is much higher, it is less restricting in this sense.
Portugal has grown in recent years as a location for long-term residency. With a relatively low cost of living compared to other European countries, plenty of coworking spaces, and sunny weather all year round, it is no surprise that many are choosing to relocate here.