Immigration Portugal – You want to immigrate to Portugal and are afraid of the move and the enormous bureaucracy that has to be done in advance? We would like to give you some tips regarding the procedures, documents and places of interest.

Immigration Portugal – the first 90 days

First of all, it is important to check if your country and Portugal have an agreement, because then you don’t need to apply for a visa for the first 90 days. In this case, your passport is sufficient. This applies to all EU countries, as well as the Schengen area including Switzerland, also immigrants from the USA and Canada do not need a visa for the 90 days. There are several other countries with such agreements, for this you can simply ask in the foreign mission with you, whether you are one of these countries.
After this 90 day period, however, all immigrants must apply for residence and stay in Portugal. In fact, you need a permanent residence to be allowed to stay in Portugal.
If you are only entering as a student, you must present the enrollment in the university including a financial proof,.

The reason for immigration:

Unless the 90 day period is up and you want to stay longer, you will need a reason to do so, otherwise you will not be granted a visa.
There are very many different types of visas in Portugal, make sure you take care of it promptly because it takes a lot of time to process.

  1. Schengen visa = short stay, valid only within the Schengen area.
  2. Portuguese National Visa = long term stay, this visa is valid for one year and is only for study and research purposes, training, study, internship, voluntary service, health or for religious purposes
  3. Work visa = this is only valid for those who work in Portugal and is limited to 1 year
  4. Start Up Visa = is for those who want to open a start up business in Portugal, but there are many requirements that have to be met and you have to prove it
  5. D7 Visa = is for people who are already retired and for investments abroad, again you need a few requirements that you have to prove
  6. Golden Visa = for all big investors who already have business in other countries and would like to expand it, again you need to prove the rules and requirements in advance

You must then submit your visa to a Portuguese consulate or embassy. Furthermore, it is important to note that you must have health insurance in Portugal, as this is mandatory. You can also check the SEF Portugal website or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for any further information regarding visas and requirements.

Immigration Portugal – The sights and the food

After you have emigrated to Portugal, you will want to get to know the country better. For this purpose, we would like to introduce you to the most beautiful and famous sights that you could visit.

  1. Oceanario de Lisboa: An enormously large aquarium that specializes in biodiversity. They are dedicated to the oceans and your conservation in all areas.
  2. Ponte Dom Luis the First: This is a bridge from which you can see the whole city of Porto and it is often called a “masterpiece” because it is an outstanding architectural rarity.
  3. Albufeira: One of the most popular resorts in Portugal, where you can experience several different attractions. These include, a cave tour, several boat tours, land tours, dolphin viewing and much more.
  4. Seven Hanging Valleys Trail: A hiking trail along the coast that guarantees breathtaking views.
  5. Ponta de Ferraria: a naturally heated pool created in nature and surrounded by volcanic rocks.
  6. Cerro da Vila: here you can visit ancient ruins
  7. Lisbon: the capital with all its architectural monuments, museums, landmarks, castles and its old town, is definitely worth a visit. If you want to visit the capital, make sure you plan a whole day, because there is a lot to see and even in a whole day you will not be able to see everything you want to see.

Immigration Portugal – a culinaric journey. You should get involved in the culinary experiences, of which Portugal has so many. Especially in terms of fish dishes you are definitely right in Portugal, most dishes are based on fish or seafood or almost always serve as side dishes.
Specialties in culinary diversity:

  1. Caldo Verde, the most popular soup in Portugal. It consists mostly of kale and potatoes.
  2. Feijoada, a stew of beans, pork and beef.
  3. Sardinhas assadas, a platter of freshly grilled sardines. It is considered the emblem of Portugal.
  4. Leitao, a roast suckling pig garnished with orange slices and served with French fries. Also popular as a sandwich with a soft bun and spicy pepper sauce.
  5. Arroz de Marisco, in German “seafood ice cream”, as the name suggests, in this dish a wide variety of seafood is thrown together, usually consisting of mussels, shrimp, crab and lobster.

We hope that we could help you with this short summary of the most important things and wish you a good start in Portugal. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us, we will support you as best we can.

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