Portugal’s ‘Temporary Stay’ visa is specifically targeted to digital nomads who want to come to Portugal to work remotely. This visa offers an alternative to the popular D7 visa in Portugal, and there are important differences between the two.
The ‘Temporary Stay’ visa offers workers with proof of having a remote job the chance to live and work in Portugal under the following criteria:
- The visa lasts for one year, and can be extended up to four times for a maximum stay of five years
- The worker must earn at least €2,800 per month as per the visa’s income requirements, which is four times the national minimum wage in Portugal
- The worker must not be an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen
- Workers must show proof of income for the last three months
- Workers will be charged a 15% tax rate, as opposed to the standard Portuguese tax rate of 25%, for their first four years on the visa
- Workers must have proof of accommodation in Portugal for one year and obtain a Portuguese NIF (Numero de Identificação Fiscal) and open a Portuguese bank account when they arrive into the country.
Portugal’s D7 visa for remote work has a very similar process to the Digital Nomad visa, except for some criteria. The D7 visa was originally intended as a passive income visa i.e., aimed at those who make their income from investments, such as pensions or rental properties. The visa grants residency for up to two years, and those who apply for the D7 only have to show proof of income in line with Portugal’s national minimum wage – much less than the four-times minimum of the Temporary Stay visa.