How to obtain Portuguese residency

How to obtain Portuguese residency

There are many different ways to become Portuguese resident and eventually obtain EU citizenship if the person stays in Portugal more than 5 years through naturalization. In order to decide which route to take, it would largely depend on each person’s background. We have listed out 5 different ways to become Portuguese.

Residency through study

It is required that the study period should be longer than 6 months. With this residence permit, students are eligible to take part-time jobs during their studies. After the graduation, the SEF allows a one-year job search permit to find employment in Portugal.

Residency by work

If you are accepted to work by an employer in Portugal, you are eligible to apply for a work visa at your home country and move to Portugal as an expat. You can apply for a residence permit after entering Portugal.

Residency by marriage

If you are married to your partner for more than three years and have sufficient understanding of Portuguese language and effective links to the Portuguese community, you will be eligible to apply for Portuguese citizenship

Residency through retirement

If you have a passive monthly regular income of more than EUR1,070, you will be eligible to apply for a residence permit. You will have a full tax exemption on foreign-source income for 10 years.

Residency by investment

You can be eligible for a golden visa in Portugal through Investment in real estate, arts, research, or businesses. One of the most popular routes is an acquisition of real estate worth more than EUR350,000 in regeneration area for 5 years. You are only required to stay in Portugal for 7 days per year.

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