Portugal Seasonal Work Visa For Citizens Of Qatar

As a Qatari citizen, you can enter Portugal and take up a temporary job during peak seasons. You must first secure a temporary job in Portugal before you apply for a Seasonal Work visa to enter the country.

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    Seasonal Work Visa: An Overview

    Portugal Seasonal Work visa is designed for Qatari citizens and other non-EU/EEA nationals to come and take up temporary jobs in Portugal.

    This visa allows its holder to enter and remain in Portugal for up to 90 days and even 9 months, provided the stay period is within 1 year. The sectors that have more job offers for seasonal workers are agricultural, livestock, fishing, food industry, etc.

    As a Qatari citizen who wants to enter Portugal and take up Seasonal work, you are required to first obtain a job offer in Portugal and meet all the requirements before applying for the Seasonal Work visa.

    These seasonal works, just as the name implies, are available only during specific seasons. The Seasonal Work visa is of two types, namely, the Short-Stay visa, and Temporary Stay visa.

    The Short-Stay visa allows its holder to enter and stay in Portugal for up to 90 days. Whereas the Temporary Stay visa permits its bearer to enter and remain in Portugal for up to 12 months to engage in seasonal work.

    The Seasonal Work visa does not offer a path to Portuguese permanent residency or citizenship status.

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      Benefits of a Seasonal Work Visa in Portugal

      Qatari citizens who want to enter Portugal for seasonal work are bound to enjoy several incentives. They include:

      Good Healthcare

      As a seasonal worker in Portugal, you are required to afford health insurance to cover health emergencies during your seasonal work in Portugal. You should not worry about the administering of medication if you need treatment when you enter Portugal.

      Portugal has a robust healthcare system in both private and public sectors that is renowned worldwide. The country also boasts well-trained and licensed medical practitioners. Therefore, you will be in safe hands should you need any medical treatment while doing your seasonal work in Portugal.

      Opportunities for Career Development and Growth

      Qatari citizens who enter Portugal to engage in seasonal work have great opportunities to learn new skills and make themselves more valuable to the job market.

      Besides that, seasonal work in Portugal will help you gain more work experience in your area of specialisation to help you build your CV. It is advised that you seek seasonal work that will add to your skill set to make you stay competitive in your line of work.

      Ability to Legally Work and Live in Portugal for a Specific Period

      As long as you are legally working in Portugal, you will have several rights attached to it. Typically, foreign nationals who enter Portugal legally do have the freedom to engage in paid work activities without restrictions.

      During your period of stay in Portugal, you can equally take up short study courses, provided your period of stay allows it. Also, foreigners who reside in Portugal legally typically have the right to enter and work in other countries in the Schengen area.

      Low Crime Rate

      Qatari citizens who enter Portugal to engage in seasonal work do not need to worry about criminal issues. Portugal is renowned as one of the countries in the Schengen area and the European Union that has few criminal cases. This is one of the major reasons expats continue to flock to the country to have a great time.

      Despite having one of the most relaxed gun rules in Europe, Portugal generally has a low number of gun-related cases. Portuguese cities with low annual crime rates include Lisbon, Porto, Madeira, and others.

      Requirements & Eligibility for a Seasonal Work Visa in Portugal From Qatar

      Qatari nationals seeking to enter Portugal to engage in seasonal work must meet the requirements for a Seasonal Work visa in Portugal and the eligibility criteria.

      Eligibility for Portugal Seasonal Work Visa

      To be eligible for a Portugal Seasonal Work visa, you must:

      • Be 18 years old and above.
      • Be a non-EU citizen.
      • Be a resident in any EU country whose home country does not have a visa-free agreement with Portugal.
      • Have an employment contract. One of the most important criteria to qualify for a Portugal Seasonal Work visa is that you must have a pre-arranged employment contract or job offer issued to you by your Portuguese employer. This employment contract must state your salary, working conditions, job description, duration of your employment, etc. The job must also be registered with the relevant authorities to legalise your job role.
      • Have no criminal record. You must prove that you have not engaged in any crime in Qatar. This certificate is typically called the Police Clearance Certificate in Qatar. It must prove to the Portuguese authorities that you are of good conduct and would not enter Portugal to disrupt law and order.

      Requirements for Portugal Seasonal Works Visa

      The required documents you must provide depend on the visa type you want to apply for. Note that there are two types of Portugal Seasonal Work visas, namely Short-Stay visa and Temporary Stay visa.

      Short-Stay Seasonal Work Visa Required Documents

      Below are the documents you must provide for a Short-Stay visa for seasonal work in Portugal that lasts for 90 days:

      • Provide a valid Qatari international passport or travel document. Your passport must have at least 2 blank pages where your Portugal Seasonal Work visa sticker will be affixed. It should also be valid for up to 6 months beyond your stay duration in Portugal.
      • Get a formal application.
      • Show your valid work contract. It must include details, such as your salary, work duration, job description, etc.
      • Bring your passport-sized photograph that conforms with the demands of Portuguese visa photo guidelines.
      • Provide a round-trip flight ticket. It must show your entry and departure dates, including other details of your trip to and from Portugal.
      • Get a certificate of regular situation. You are required to provide this document if you are requesting this visa from a country other than your country of origin.
      • Provide proof of sufficient funds. You are required to have enough finances to cater for your needs while working in Portugal. You may need to provide bank statements payslips, etc. as proof.
      • Provide medical health insurance. Your health insurance should cater for health emergencies, hospitalisation, or other unplanned medical expenses while in Portugal.
      • Provide proof of compliance with national legal requirements if your profession is regulated (if required).
      • Provide your Police Clearance Certificate to prove that you do not have a criminal history in Qatar.
      • Show proof of accommodation. You must prove that you have a place to stay during your seasonal work in Portugal.
      • Prove that you have medical insurance or adequate medical protection to cover periods not taken care of by the national medical coverage alongside the provision of work accident insurance by your employer.

      Temporary Stay Seasonal Work Visa Required Documents

      Below are the documents you must provide for a Temporary Stay visa for seasonal work in Portugal that lasts for more than 90 days:

      • Provide your valid Qatari international passport.
      • Get an official application form.
      • Provide two passport-sized photographs.
      • Bring your valid work contract.
      • Present a certificate of regular situation.
      • Provide a form that grants the SEF access to your criminal record.
      • Get your Police Clearance Certificate.
      • Bring proof of compliance with national legal requirements if your profession is regulated (if required).
      • Have medical insurance or adequate medical protection to cover periods not taken care of by the national medical coverage alongside the provision of work accident insurance by your employer.
      • Show proof of sufficient funds.
      • Provide your Police Clearance Certificate.
      • Provide a round-trip flight ticket.
      • Bring your medical health insurance.
      • Provide a round-trip flight ticket.

      Note that depending on your situation, you may be required to provide additional documents. Also, ensure that your documents are in Portuguese or English. If they are in Arabic, they must be translated into Portuguese by a licensed translator and ensure that they are notarised.

      Costs Associated With The Seasonal Work Visa For Portugal

      Qatari citizens applying for a Portugal Seasonal Work visa may pay €80 to obtain a Short-Stay visa for Seasonal work that will last within 90 days or pay €75 to obtain a Temporary Stay visa for Seasonal work that will last for up to 9 months. You may be required to pay for work and resident permits.

      Application Process for a Seasonal Work Visa in Portugal From Qatar

      You must adhere to the following step-by-step guide to apply for a Seasonal Work visa in Portugal:

      Step 1. Obtain a Job Offer

      You must first get a valid job offer from a Portuguese employer to start your visa application.

      Step 2. Get a Work Permit

      Your Portuguese employer must apply at the Portuguese Labour Authorities to secure a work permit on your behalf. Your employer must prove that no Portuguese resident could fill that job vacancy.

      Step 3. Apply for the Visa 

      You can apply for a Portugal Seasonal Work visa after obtaining a work permit from your Portuguese employer. You must pay the visa fee and submit all the required documents. Upon a successful application, you will be issued a Seasonal Work visa.

      Step 4. Apply for a Residence Permit

      Once you enter Portugal, you must apply for a residence permit at the SEF within 4 months. Ensure you also register for a tax number and social security.

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        Application Processing Time

        It typically takes about 60 days or more to get a decision on your Portugal Seasonal Work visa application. Besides that, it usually takes the SEF 30 to 60 days to process your Portuguese work permit application.

        Duration and Renewal of a Seasonal Work Visa in Portugal

        The duration of the Portugal Seasonal Work visa is typically a maximum of 9 months within 12 months. To renew the visa, an application must be made and signed by the applicant or their legal representative online or at any regional delegation or the SEF directorate.

        Additionally, you must provide any supporting documents that may be required, including those already mentioned above. However, you must explore the possibility of your extension appropriately as there are repercussions of overstaying your visa, such as fines, deportation, and a ban from entering Portugal in the future, etc.

        How Can Total Law Help

        As a Qatari citizen, before you obtain the Portugal Seasonal Work visa, you must be eligible for it and meet all the requirements. If you are applying for the first time, you might not know the exact steps to take.

        This is why it is crucial to contact an expert immigration adviser to help you out. Our immigration advisers at Total Law already know how Portugal visa application processes work. We have helped several Qatari citizens secure their Portugal Seasonal Work visas hassle-free.

        We can assist you in assessing your situation, know your eligibility, gather your documents and help you throughout the application process. To know more about Portugal Agriculture visa, its eligibility, or other services we offer, call us today on  +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  You must be issued a work permit by your Portuguese employer. But before that, your employer must apply for a work permit at the Portuguese Labour Authority on your behalf and also prove that they couldn’t find a suitable EU candidate for the job in Portugal.

                  Yes, Portugal offers work permits to foreign nationals who entered the country via a Portugal Work visa.