Portugal D8 Visa From Pakistan

If you are looking to stay in Portugal either short- or long-term as a remote worker or freelancer, Portugal offers the D8 visa for digital nomads. As a remote worker in Portugal, you will be able to work towards permanent residence, access a number of benefits, and enjoy living in another country.

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    Overview of the D8 Digital Nomad Visa

    Portugal is rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations for digital nomads to live and work. In response to the increase in people who are now able to work remotely due to social and employment changes after the COVID-19 pandemic, Portugal has created a visa to appeal to this group of people specifically, aiming to lure more foreigners into the country to live, invest their money, and boost the Portuguese economy.

    The Portugal Digital Nomad visa, or D8 visa, is a longer-term visa that allows non-EU/EEA/Swiss digital nomads, freelancers, and remote workers to establish themselves in Portugal with a simple and often fast-track process. Not only would you be able to enter and live in Portugal, but should your D8 visa application be successful, you would also be granted visa-free travel throughout the whole of the Schengen Area.

    There are two types of D8 Portugal Digital Nomad visa available depending on how long you would like to work in POrtugal: a temporary stay visa and a residence visa. The temporary stay visa allows you to live in Portugal for up to one year with an option for a short extension; the residence visa allows you to stay for an initial two years, with the possibility of an extension to five years.

    Both allow you to live and work in Portugal, although the two-year residency permit offers further benefits, such as the option to apply for permanent residency and citizenship after five years.

    Firstly, you will have to apply for the D8 visa, which will allow you to enter Portugal. Once in the country, you will need to convert your visa into a residence permit within a limited period of time.

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    The Benefits of the Digital Nomad Visa

    One-Year Temporary Stay Visa

    If you would like to try living in Portugal without committing to long-term residency, the Temporary Stay visa will allow you to live and work legally in Portugal as a digital nomad for up to one year.

    As it is only a short-term visa, you can maintain tax residency in your home country, or wherever you are currently registered for tax, and aren’t required to open or use a Portuguese bank account.

    This visa also comes with the option to apply for another six months if you wish to stay a bit longer beyond the one-year deadline.

    Two-Year Digital Nomad Visa

    The Two-Year Digital Nomad visa has a larger range of benefits if you are looking to commit to Portugal beyond what the one-year visa can offer you.

    While in Portugal, you have the option to create a Portuguese company or establish your existing business in Portugal, apply for Non-Habitual Residency, enjoy tax benefits, and renew for an additional three-year residency permit.

    Additionally, this longer-term visa allows you to apply for permanent residency or citizenship in Portugal after five years, which will allow you to access the full Portuguese residency rights such as education and healthcare.

    You will also be able to apply for family reunification if you wish to bring your family with you to Portugal once you receive your residence permit.

    Please note that this will incur additional costs and you may need to submit evidence to show you are able to financially support your family for the duration of your stay in Portugal.

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      Once You Receive Your Visa

      A Digital Nomad visa will allow you to enter Portugal in order to then apply for a residence permit. You will have to make an appointment with the immigration department in Portugal to change this temporary D8 entry visa to a D8 residence visa.

      At this interview with the immigration department, you will provide your fingerprints and photos and also deliver the original copies of your visa documents. Please bear in mind that your original documents will need to be translated into Portuguese or English for your application and interviews.

      With your initial temporary D8 visa, you will be allowed to enter Portugal twice and stay in the country for four months while applying and waiting for your residence permit to be issued.

      For further clarity on what temporary visa is required to enter Portugal and the steps required to convert it to a residence permit, speak to one of our specialist immigration lawyers who can help you with every step of your visa application. Call Total Law today on +44 (0)333 305 9375, or contact us online.

      Residence Rights

      Once you have been granted a residence permit in Portugal, you will have access to the full range of residency benefits without prejudice.

      You will have access to the National Healthcare Service and National Education Services and schools, be able to carry out any work activity as an independent professional, access Portuguese vocational and further professional training, and receive protection from the Portuguese legal system.

      Requirements for the D8 Digital Nomad Visa

      To be eligible for the Portugal Digital Nomad visa, you must be an adult over the age of 18 years old and have:

      • Non-EU or EEA citizenship
      • A valid passport that must have three months remaining after your Portugal Digital Nomad visa expires and two passport photos
      • Health insurance
      • A work contract or agreement for your independent or temporary work
      • Your criminal record from your home country or a form for the authorities the Portuguese Immigration and Border Services (AIMA) to access your criminal record
      • Proof of means of subsistence to show you can support yourself while you are in Portugal for one year

      You must also meet the minimum income requirement and provide proof through bank statements and payslips. This is four times the monthly Portuguese minimum wage over the previous three months.

      Currently, this monthly minimum wage is €760 per month, which means you will have to have earned at least €3,040 over the past three months.

      Please note that this is the minimum amount required, and if you meet the minimum threshold, it does not guarantee that your visa application will be approved.

      If you are planning to apply for the Two-Year Digital Nomad visa, you will also have to meet the above requirements; however, upon arrival to Portugal, you will also need to obtain a residence permit. To do this you will need:

      • An interview with AIMA
      • A personal Portuguese tax number
      • A Portuguese bank account
      • An employment contract from a foreign employer, or if you are a freelancer, a contract that proves you work with clients
      • Proof of personal tax residence in Portugal with a long-term rental agreement registered with the tax authority
      • Evidence of where you are planning to live

      Documents Required for the D8 Digital Nomad Visa

      When applying for your visa, you will have to submit many documents to support your application. These will need to be translated to Portuguese or English by a certified translator. You will have to provide:

      • Your valid passport and two identical passport photos, you may also need to submit any previous passports
      • Proof of health insurance while you are in Portugal, which includes coverage for all medical expenses, plus urgent assistance and repatriation
      • Your work contract or a declaration from your employer confirming that you work for them and that you are allowed to work remotely in Portugal, if you are a remote employee
      • A society contract, a contract of services provision, or a document from one or more of your clients confirming your services, if you are an independent worker
      • An application of criminal record consultation and certificate of criminal records issued by your home country
      • Proof of average monthly income, such as bank statements or invoices, and evidence of your available savings
      • Proof of accommodation while in Portugal, for example, a rental agreement, reservation, or evidence that you have bought a property to live in
      • Proof of payment for the visa application fee

      The Pakistan Embassy of Portugal may request additional documents or invite you for an interview to ask for further information. In Pakistan, the Portuguese consulate is located in Islamabad.

      How to Apply for the D8 Visa

      To begin your application for the Portugal Digital Nomad visa, you must first gather all the documents required to support your application, and make sure they are all translated into either Portuguese or English. You will submit your visa application form and pay the fee online through the Portuguese Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) website.

      Then you will have to make an appointment and have an interview with the Portuguese consulate in Pakistan or the country you are currently living in if you are not in Pakistan.

      You can expect to receive a decision on your Portugal Digital Nomad visa from the consulate 60 days after you submit all your forms and documents; however, the processing time can vary depending on several factors. If you receive a positive decision, you will then need to provide your passport to the consulate for them to stamp your visa into a blank page on your passport.

      Portugal Digital Nomad Visa Cost

      Your initial application for the Portugal Digital Nomad visa is around €180. Once you arrive in Portugal and apply for your residence permit, you will have to pay an additional €320 for your permit.

      If your application is declined, this fee is non-refundable.

      When calculating the cost of your visa application, you will have to consider any additional costs, for example, of having any of your documents translated and travel costs to and from the consulate.

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        How Can Total Law Help?

        Total Law is committed to giving our visa applicants the best possible chance of receiving a positive decision on their visa application. We are able to answer any of your visa concerns and support your relocation to Portugal, either for a short-term or long-term visa.

        Our immigration experts can advise on whether you meet the eligibility requirements and ensure your application includes all the documents required to support it. We can also help you complete your application and ensure no mistakes are made.

        Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375, or contact us online, to find out how we can support your move to Portugal.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  The Schengen area includes a total of 26 countries. These are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

                  In order to access the tax benefits for this visa, you will have to apply for a Non-Habitual Residency. With this permit, you may have to pay little or no tax for ten years on any foreign income, 20% tax on income earned in Portugal, and only 10% social contribution.

                  No, you don’t need a job offer. But you do need a contract or a formal letter from your employer that gives you consent to work remotely in Portugal.

                  No, there is no Portuguese language requirement when applying for the D8 visa.