D2 Startup Visa vs D6 Family Reunion Visa in Portugal

The D2 visa is called the "immigrant entrepreneur" visa for a reason. Not only do you need to prove your income to obtain this visa, but your income needs to come from a specific source.

In order to qualify for a D2 visa, your income needs to come from a business you started yourself or a business you buy. This is a rather unique set of circumstances.

The Family Reunion visa only allows dependent children, a spouse, and dependent grandparent to relocate to Portugal with you. If someone receives the D2 Visa, their family members apply to the Family reunion Visa. For both of them, you'll need to live in Portugal full-time unless your business requires you to travel.

Category
D2 Startup Visa
D6 Family Reunion Visa

Minimum investment and requirements

Requires you to start a new business, with an minimum investment of around 5K €
- Spouse or partner that can legally live in Portugal
- Children under 18 or who is legally under your supervision.
- Dependents over the age of 18, only if they are single and studying in Portugal
- Parents if they're over the age of 65, or dependent on you in a provable way

Criteria to be eligible
to apply

- Have a NIF number. Get 10% discount with Bordr
- Be a non-EU national.
- Have a startup or are looking to begin one
- Have a clean criminal record
- Have a NIF number. Get 10% discount with Bordr
- Be a non-EU national
- Be a spouse, partner, child or parent of someone that is a Portuguese resident
- Have a clean criminal record

Where to apply

Portuguese consulate in country of residency
Portuguese consulate in country of residency or in Portugal (It's a longer process)

Visa cost

Between €300 and €650 *
Approximately €2,000

Turn around

Stage 1: One month
Stage 2: Interview in 90 days
2-4 weeks after your appointment with SEF (there are delays with Covid)

Issued for

Entrepreneurs
Family members

Permanent residency

After 5 years of uninterrupted living
After 5 years of uninterrupted living

Additional benefits

- Eligibility for NHR status
- Up to five entrepreneurs can apply per project
NHR tax regime

Rights

Live, work, study, healthcare
Live, work, study, healthcare

Citizenship

After 5 years of uninterrupted living
After 5-6 years of uninterrupted living

Family members

They will have to apply with a Family Reunion Visa
Yes

Resident permit

A Residence Permit will be issued. Permanent Residence Permit after 5 years
A Residence Card will be issued. Permanent Residence Permit after 5 years.

Health insurance

Required
Required

Accommodation requirements

Not required
Secure long-term residential accommodation in Portugal either through a purchase or rental.

Visa free movement

Schengen and certain EU countries
Schengen and certain EU countries

Residency conditions

Requires you to live in Portugal for the majority of the year (unless your business requires you to travel).
Requires you to live in Portugal for the majority of the year