Portugal Self-Employment Visa for Digital Nomads and Freelancers: The Definitive Guide

Originally published at: Portugal Digital Nomad Visa | GoVisaFree

Note: As of 2021, Portugal still does not have a Digital Nomad Visa per se. The government is still working on it. In the meantime, the most convenient alternative is to go with the Portugal D7 Visa route.

So, your company gave you to go ahead to work remotely and you want to move to Portugal?  Or are you a digital nomad, a freelancer, or an entrepreneur that wants to settle in Portugal?

Well, unless you’re already an EU citizen, you will need a visa or a residence permit in Portugal.  Luckily, Portugal has a specific residence visa for self-employed workers, freelancers, and digital nomads!

Below, you can find the details about Portugal freelance visa, Portugal digital nomad visa, and Portugal work permits below. 

Tips about the Portugal remote worker visa:

  • You need a clean criminal record,
  • You can either apply for a work visa in Portugal online or offline:
    • If you’d like to apply online: you should register on SAPA and complete the corresponding forms indicating your interest and situation, and upload the necessary documents,
    • If you’d like to apply offline: you would like to submit your application in paper to the SEF office
  • SEF assesses the application and then gives you an appointment date,
  • The initial visa will be valid for two years and the subsequent visas will be each valid for three years at a time.

You can either apply yourself or use a legal representative to apply on your behalf.  In either case, you will need the following documents for a work visa Portugal:

  • Evidence of having set a company in Portugal, or
  • Contract for services for the carrying out of a liberal profession and statement by the professional association with evidence of the registration (whenever applicable)
  • Passport or another valid travel document,
  • Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence,
  • Evidence of adequate accommodation in Portugal,
  • Evidence of having registered with the Social Security,
  • Evidence of registration in the tax authority
    • you can obtain your tax number – NIF – in Portugal from a Finanças office
  • Clean criminal record:
    • from the country of origin and of residence (if different)
    • from Portugal; for this, you just need to give SEF permission to check it in Portugal

If your lawyer asks under which legal framework you would like to apply for Portugal self-employment visa, you can say that it is:

 ARTICLE 89, PARAGRAPH 2 OF LAW N. º 59/2017 31ST JULY   ORDER NUMBER 1563/2007, OF 11/12

Technical?  Yes, we know. But, it may be necessary for a self-employed visa Portugal.

Besides the self-employment visa, Portugal offers a (1) entrepreneur visa, and (2) a passive income holder visa, among other types of visas.  

These are some of the details about how to get  Portugal digital nomad visa, Portugal freelance visa and work visa in Portugal. For further information, check out an extensive list of the types of visas that Portugal offers on our guide to different visas in Portugal.