One of the great novelties introduced in the Foreigners Law in Portugal was the creation of a visa for digital nomads who want to live in the country!
Here, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide about what is already known about this visa: who can apply and the main requirements. If you are a digital nomad interested in living in Portugal, this article is for you!
What is the visa for digital nomads in Portugal?
It’s a type of visa specially created for professionals who work remotely and can work from anywhere in the world and it will make the life of the digital nomads who want to live in Portugal much easier!
This exclusive visa can be requested by foreigners of any nationality, as long as they work remotely. It is applicable to those who provide self-employed services and also to those who are hired by companies in other countries.
Is the digital nomad visa already available?
Digital nomad working at the beach
Being a digital nomad in Portugal can make it much easier to travel and discover other countries in Europe, and also, work by the beach on one of the many wonderful beaches in Portugal!
The main requirements to be able to apply for a visa for digital nomads in Portugal are:
- Prove that you have a job;
- show your monthly earnings*
*According to the new regulations of the Law of Foreigners, in order to apply for a visa for digital nomads, it is necessary to prove the average monthly amount equivalent to four minimum wages in Portugal per month.
Based on the minimum wage in Portugal, which is €760 in 2023, the average monthly earning amount to be proven is €3,040 gross.
Visas have already started to be issued
In January 2023, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal (MNE) reported that, since the end of October 2022, around 200 visas for digital nomads have already been issued.
The MNE also communicated that, based on the list of visas already issued:
Citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, and Brazil lead the list of nationalities with temporary stay visas and residence permits for remote workers.
This shows the commitment of the Portuguese government to streamline the process of issuing these visas for those who want to enjoy the quality of life in Portugal.
Is it worth applying for a digital nomad visa in Portugal?
Yes, it is definitely worth applying for a digital nomad visa, as long as you meet all the requirements for the application to be accepted.
As a digital nomad, you will be able to live and work in Portugal legally, you will still have the advantage of being able to travel around the countries that are part of the Schengen Area.
In addition, as mentioned above, you can regroup your family members, who will also have the right to live and work in the country.
Are you ready to pack your bags? If you need anything, we’re here 🙂