In this type of residence permit, the applicant must have a permanent legal income in the country of residence (at the time of application).
Who can receive this type of residence permit?
- Persons who intend to and are willing to reside in Portugal for 183 days per year.
- Persons who can verify a documented, legal, stable, active income in the country of residence at the time of application (including CIS countries).
- Monthly income per applicant = EUR 725 (as of 2022).
- At the time of applying for a residence permit, the applicant may not yet be receiving a salary (in the case of applications submitted in the country of permanent residence during the application for a residence permit),
- In the case of applying for a residence permit directly in Portugal (entering the country using a tourist visa), it is mandatory for the applicant to provide information on the receipt of the first salary.
- In the case of moving with family, it is necessary to provide financial guarantees. The necessary minimum active income for a second spouse is 1/2 of the subsistence minimum and for each child 1/3 of the subsistence minimum.
Which professions are eligible for a residence permit as a self-employed/freelancer?
- IT specialists,
- Engineers and architects,
- Art sector (artists, actors, musicians),
- Medical staff,
- Service workers.
The required procedures are:
- complete the forms and declarations,
- attach the relevant documents to the D2 visa application form (confirming the intention to carry out independent professional activities in Portugal).
- Submit the documents to the Portuguese diplomatic representation in the country of residence.
Following the acceptance of the application for a residence permit in Portugal, the applicant is granted a Freelancer’s Visa D2. The visa is valid for 4 months. Once you have entered the territory of Portugal, you must apply for a residence permit. This type of visa enables you to stay legally in Portugal for the duration of the pending decision on the residence permit, even if it exceeds the 4 months indicated.
Procedure for obtaining a D2 visa – Freelancer visa:
Preparing all necessary documents* in order to request residency on a D2 visa:
- completed visa application form,
- 2 photos (3×4 format),
- original passport and copies of all pages,
- documents verifying your financial status (the availability of the minimum necessary funds to stay in Portugal), this can be a bank account statement,
- documents verifying your accommodation in Portugal (flat or house rental contract, documents confirming the availability of immovable property in the country),
- an apostilled certificate of cleanliness (absence of criminal record),
- a signed authorization from the applicant to check the criminal status of the applicant in Portugal,
- full medical insurance (it is essential),
- a contract, or a signed offer to collaborate regarding the provision of services in the profession, declared in the application form.
*All documents must be notarized and translated into Portuguese.
- Apply documents to the Consulate of Portugal in your country of residence (personal presence is compulsory),
- Once the documents are successfully submitted, the average waiting time for a decision is 60 days.
- Take back your documents (passport) with your D2 visa stamped on it,
- Upon arrival in Portugal, you need to contact the local SEF (Immigration Department) https://www.sef.pt regarding the issuance of the residence permit.
- You can apply for citizenship after 5 years of residence in Portugal.