Portugal Immigration from Australia

Portugal is a favorite destination for expats because of its pleasant climate, delicious cuisine, and high-quality services. Foreign-born people make up just over 662,000 people, or about 6.5 percent of the overall population.

The immigration system in Portugal is comparable to that of many other EU countries. Citizens of the European Union have free movement, and Portugal is a member of the Schengen Area. If they meet specific qualifications, non-EU nationals can move to Portugal to work, study, join family, or retire. A Golden Visa scheme is also in place to attract people with money to invest in the country.

When relocating to Portugal as a citizen of a non-EU nation, you will need to apply for a visa. The visas are of three types:

  • Short Stay visas, also known as Schengen visas, which are for stays of up to 90 days either for tourism or business
  • Temporary Stay National visas, which allow for stay up to one year.
  • Long Stay National visas, also known as Residency visas, which allows stays of more than one year

Temporary Stay Visas are national Portuguese visas that allow you to stay in Portugal for up to a year. The visa permits for repeated entries, allowing you to leave the nation for brief periods of time.

A Temporary Stay visa is required for any non-EU citizens staying in Portugal for more than 90 days but less than a year.

Documents required
  • Passport or any other valid identity document
  • Two passport photos
  • Details of your return travel ticket
  • Valid health insurance policy
  • Criminal records for checking by the Portugal immigration authorities
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of having enough funds to support yourself
Long stay visa

Also known as the Residency Visa, this is a Portuguese national visa for stays longer than one year. With this visa, you will need to apply for a Portuguese residency permit from the Portugal Immigration Service (SEF).

 

Documents required
  • Passport or any other valid identity document
  • Two passport photos
  • Valid medical insurance policy
  • Criminal records for checking by the Portugal immigration authorities
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of having enough funds for the duration of your stay
Permanent residence

You can apply for permanent residence in Portugal after five years of continuous residence in Portugal. After a further year of permanent residence, you can apply for Portuguese citizenship.

Golden visa

This is a unique Portuguese visa program aimed at attracting international investment to the country. For non-EU investors that acquire Portuguese real estate or invest up to a particular amount, the Portuguese golden visa scheme expedites the procedure. Non-EU citizens will receive a Portuguese residence permit if they meet the requirements, and can then apply for citizenship.

FAQ
Can you bring your dependents once you migrate to Portugal?

You can bring your dependents to the country on a Portugal dependent visa also known as the Family Reunion visa. You can bring the following dependents to the country on the Family Reunion visa.

  • Spouses and legally recognized partners
  • Dependent children, including adopted children and children of the spouse/partner
  • Dependent parents, including parents of the spouse
  • Any dependent minor siblings

Documents required to apply for this visa include:

  • Copy of the notification of family reunion authorization by the Portugal Immigration Service (SEF)
  • Proof of family ties, such as a marriage certificate or a birth certificate

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