Who can move to Portugal?

Movingto Editorial Team
Answered 
November 24, 2021

Anyone can move to Portugal so long as they don’t have a criminal record that would be punishable by imprisonment for 12 months or more in Portugal and have enough savings to support themselves in Portugal for 12 months. This amount is currently €7,620.

If you can satisfy these two requirements, you should qualify to reside in Portugal. You will, however, need to apply for a NIF and relevant visa to make sure you can access local services and work.

Some visas that could be relevant to you include the D7 Visa, D2 Startup Visa, Family Reunion Visa and the Golden Visa. They all vary in processing times and costs.

If you have a family member who is European, the Family Reunion Visa can be a very good option. If you intend to purchase property outside of Lisbon, Porto and the coast, a Golden Visa could make sense and if you’re an entrepreneur, a D2 Startup Visa could make sense. If you don’t fall within any of those categories, then a D7 Visa could make sense, however, you need to apply for this in the country you currently reside.


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