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How to apply for the regular resident permit, Startup visa, and Golden visa?

Updated on September 21, 2020

The interest of moving to Portugal, preferably submitted through the electronic platform (SAPA portal) and the application of a residence permit form, can be submitted personally by the applicant to any SEF’s directorate or regional delegation.

Regular resident permit: 

  • Passport or any other valid travel document;
  • Evidence of daily entry in the Portuguese territory;
  • Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence;
  • No criminal record from the country of origin and previous state of residence;
  • Proof of housing;
  • Confirmation of having registered with the Social Security, except in the case of a promised employment contract;
  • Tax authority(NIF) registration ;
  • Contract of employment or document issued under article 88, paragraph 2, subparagraph a) of Law nº 23/2007 of 4 July; OR
  • Promised employment contracts according to the law.

 Startup Visa: for entrepreneurs wanting to implement their innovative business in Portugal must show

  • Passport or any other valid travel document;
  • Evidence of regular entry in the Portuguese territory ;
  • Proof of sufficient means of subsistence, as per the provisions of Order Number 1563/2007, of 11 December;
  • Extract from the criminal record from the country of origin;
  • Extract from the illegal file from the state from the previous country of residence;
  • Permission for SEF to check Portuguese criminal record;
  • Evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation;
  • Confirmation of having registered with Social Security;
  • Proof of registration in the tax authority;
  • Testimony of setting up legally your startup or company following the Portuguese laws;

Golden Visa:

  • Must be requested at the immigration and borders service;
  • Sending the relevant investment beforehand with all the necessary documents that prove it;
  • The applicant must be present.

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