The first step to start your process is to identify the specific visa type to request and gather all required documents. The visa type can differ according to the purpose, activity to be performed, length of stay, and other factors.
Please see the 3 categories below:
Residence Visa: For applicants whose activities in Portugal have a period of more than 1 year. Within the residence visa, you must fit into one of several specific subcategories for each activity to be performed (e.g. studies, highly qualified work, subordinated work, etc.).Click here to check a brief overview of each one of them and their respective lists of documents.
Temporary stay visa: For applicants whose activities in Portugal have a period of less than 1 year. Within the temporary stay visa, you must fit into one of several specific sub-categories to each activity to be exercised (e.g. studies, seasonal work, etc.).Click here to check a brief overview of each one of them and their respective lists of documents.
SCHENGEN Visa: For non-Brazilian applicants who will go to Portugal for tourism our business trips. The SCHENGEN visa is only applicable for a specific list of nationalities. Click here to check nationalities whose SCHENGEN visa will be mandatory to enter Portugal. If your country is not on the list, you will not need this visa. Click here to check the list of documents, applicable forms and other relevant information.
The CPLP is a special regime based on the Mobility Agreement between the Member States of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), signed in July 2021, with the aim of facilitating the mobility of citizens between the signatory countries. CPLP citizens who wish to apply for Temporary Stay Visas and Residence Visas can benefit from this scheme.
To benefit from the agreement, you must follow a specific checklist for the applicable visa category.
CPLP citizens can be exempted from presenting means of subsistence by presenting:
A notarized statement of responsibility signed by the entity hosting trainees or workers, as well as by the organization responsible for student exchange or volunteer programs; or,
A liability document with a notarized signature, signed by a Portuguese citizen or a qualified foreign citizen with a residence document in Portugal, guaranteeing food and accommodation for the visa applicant, as well as covering the costs of removal in the event of an irregular stay.
Decrees detailing these requirements can be found on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.