The Chamber’s Moving To Portugal Show & Seminars have had a recent surge of new registrations after the Bloomberg news services highlighted the October launch of Portugal’s new Digital Nomad Visa, which allows workers to live and work for up to a year in Portugal.
What is Portugal’s digital nomad visa?
Launched as an alternative to the existing D7 visa, the new visa – launching on October 30 – was created after the Portuguese government amended immigration law in July.
Officially called the “residence visa for the exercise of professional activity provided remotely outside the national territory” – it is designed for working professionals and is valid for up to one year. It can then be renewed.
To qualify, applicants must:
- Come from a country not in the EU or EEA
- Be self-employed or employed by a company based outside Portugal
- Earn at least four times the Portuguese minimum wage per month – roughly €2,800
- This is an increase on the earnings requirements under the D7 scheme.
D7 visa holders only need to earn the Portuguese minimum wage (€822.50 per month) per month. However, these earnings must come from ‘passive’ income streams like rent or investments. For digital nomads who have passive income from abroad, getting Portugal residency via the D7 visa is straightforward.
Before the official Portugal digital nomad visa was launched in October 2022, the D7 was a common choice for remote workers.
Now, if your income comes from a remote job based outside of Portugal, you’ll need to apply for the new digital nomad visa, not the D7.
For more information see: https://www.globalcitizensolutions.com/portugal-digital-nomad-visa/