Portugal D8 Visa (For Digital Nomads)

The Portugal D8 Visa allows non-EU digital nomads to work remotely in Portugal. It is a great opportunity for remote workers to experience Portugal long-term, with access to healthcare and a visa waiver for Schengen countries.

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    What is the D8 Visa Portugal?

    In Portugal, the D8 Visa is known as the Digital Nómada Visa. Remote workers who travel freely between locations benefit from this type of Portuguese Work Visa.

    Whether the individual is a contractor, freelancer, business owner, employed or self-employed, they qualify for the D8 Visa if they work remotely.

    With a 49% increase in digital nomads between 2019 and 2020, the Portuguese D8 Visa is rising in popularity each year. This trend is expected to continue, which means that D8 Visa applications will increase in frequency.

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      Benefits of D8 Visa Portugal

      The main benefit of the D8 Visa is that remote workers can experience life in a new country without having to give up their job. As a digital nomad, they are free to work as a self-employed or employed worker in Portugal.

      Certain employees, such as high-net-worth individuals and retirees, qualify for the Portuguese Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) tax regime when they are living in Portugal on a D8 Visa. NHR allows them to pay reduced tax on Portuguese-source income and zero tax on foreign-source income for 10 years.

      Travel is a significant part of many digital nomads’ lives. With the D8 Temporary Stay Visa, candidates can travel to the Schengen area without a visa so non-EU citizens can explore the whole of Europe while still earning their regular income from remote work.

      As some digital nomads choose to stay in the country they move to, the Digital Nomad Visa provides an opportunity for family reunification. Additionally, any D8 Visa holders who wish to remain in Portugal will become eligible for permanent residency after 5 years. They may also apply for citizenship after 5 years.

      The Requirements of Portugal D8 Visa

      All D8 Visa holders are non-European nationals with remote jobs. They also need to earn an average monthly income that is the equivalent of 4x the Portuguese minimum wage (€760 per month as of 2023). This income requirement is calculated over the most recent 3 months.

      D8 Visa requirements also include providing the following documents:

      • Proof of residency status
      • Proof of accommodation
      • Criminal record certificate
      • Passport
      • Evidence of tax residence
      • Travel insurance
      • 2 recent photos
      • Request for criminal record enquiry by Immigration and Border Services (SEF)
      • Visa application form
      • Proof of financial resources (employer’s declaration, work contract or company registration)

      The Application Fees for Portugal D8 Visa

      It costs €83 to acquire a residence permit for the Portugal Digital Nomad Visa. A further €72 must be paid to cover the costs of document issuing. There are other fees that must be taken into account, such as:

      • Accommodation.
      • Getting a Portuguese Tax Number (NIF).
      • Immigration advice.

      Applying for Portugal D8 Visa

      Applicants are ready to apply for the Digital Nomad Temporary Stay Visa when they have gathered all of the supporting documents that they will need.

      These documents can be submitted to a Portuguese embassy or consulate in the applicant’s home country, along with a completed Portugal D8 Visa application form.

      The embassy will then arrange for a visa interview to take place. Candidates must discuss their reasons for relocating to Portugal, as well as answering any questions the immigration official may have about the application.

      If the interview is successful, the candidate can travel to Portugal to open a Portuguese bank account and get an NIF number.

      In Portugal, another visa interview will take place. This is the final stage of the application, so successful candidates will be allowed to work remotely from Portugal for the length of time stated on their Portuguese Residency Permit Card.

      How Long Does Portugal D8 Visa Last?

      When someone obtains a D8 Digital Nomad Visa, they are expected to apply for a residence permit after arriving in Portugal. The residence permit allows individuals to stay in the country for at least 16 months.

      However, if a non-EU citizen arrives in Portugal and does not acquire a residence permit, they must leave the country within 4 months, as this is the maximum length of a Digital Nomad Visa.

      Digital Nomad Visas can be renewed for 3 years, and this can happen continuously. Each renewal adds additional time to the temporary stay. After 5 years, D8 Visa holders may apply for a permanent residence permit.

      What Happens When a D8 Visa Application is Rejected?

      Digital Nomad Visa applications can be rejected for various reasons. Some common reasons for rejection are:

      • Missing documents or fraudulent paperwork
      • Ineligibility such as not being a remote worker
      • Unable to demonstrate they will follow the visa restrictions

      When an application is rejected, the candidate has several options in terms of continuing to pursue the Portuguese D8 Visa.

      They may appeal to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, make a formal complaint or seek legal action in the Administrative Court of Lisbon.

      Applicants with rejected applications have up to 15 days to formally question the decision. If they take more than 15 days, SEF will not deal with the complaint.

      How Can Total Law Help?

      Our immigration specialists offer a range of useful services to anyone who wants to live and work in Portugal.

      They are experts in Portuguese immigration law, meaning they can help candidates submit excellent applications that meet the full requirements.

      We provide a stress-free and effective experience when applying for the D8 Visa in your home country. The Total Law team can support you in choosing the correct visa and handle any problems on your behalf.

      Call us on +44 (0)333 305 9375 if you would like to submit a highly accurate D8 Visa application with the help of an industry expert.

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                FAQs

                Portugal’s Digital Nomad Visa is only for remote workers who want to live in Portugal. For people who work in-person, there is an option to apply for a different type of Portuguese Work Visa.

                The D7 Visa is a route for people with a passive income or people in retirement. Remote workers cannot apply for this scheme anymore, as the D8 Visa has replaced the D7 Visa for this group of people.

                However, other individuals can still qualify for the D7 Visa if they are not working remotely.

                Non-Portguese citizens may only work from home in Portugal if they have secured resident status. The only other way to be a legal remote worker is to get a Digital Nomad Visa.

                Yes, remote workers are entitled to Portugese Vocational training, retraining and schooling. This is available to all people on the Digital Nomad Visa, regardless of their country of origin.

                The Portuguese National Education Service is also open to any dependants of Digital Nomad Visa holders.

                Yes, visas for remote work is a concept that exists in many countries around the world. Examples include Norway, Hungary, Malta, Croatia, Dubai, Serbia, South Africa, The Bahamas and Japan.

                The Schengen area is a part of Europe where mutual agreements have been made to abolish certain types of border control, such as passports.

                27 countries make up the Schengen area. As well as Portugal, this includes Finland, Italy, Iceland, Germany, Estonia and Denmark.