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How to Move to Portugal from Australia

Move to Portugal from Australia

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How can a lawyer help me move to Portugal from Australia?

To begin with, moving to Portugal from Australia can involve an exciting yet complex process. This is where having a knowledgeable lawyer by your side becomes immensely helpful.

Here are some ways our experienced team of immigration lawyers can aid you in your move:

Our lawyers can offer valuable legal counsel regarding Portugal’s immigration laws and requirements. Furthermore, we’ll guide you through the range of visa options available, clarify eligibility criteria, and help you grasp the application process.

Allow us to simplify your visa application process. Our lawyers will ensure that all required documents are meticulously organized and accurately submitted on time, facilitating your move to Portugal from Australia.

If purchasing property in Portugal is on your mind, our support will be with you throughout the journey. In addition, our team will ensure adherence to all legal prerequisites and safeguard your rights as a buyer.

If your plans include launching a business when you move to Portugal from Australia, our lawyers can assist you with the legal and administrative aspects. Moreover, we’ll ensure you’re well-informed and compliant with relevant regulations. regulations.

The prospect of navigating a foreign country’s taxation system can be overwhelming. Our lawyers, however, will provide expert advice on Portugal’s tax laws, helping you manage your tax responsibilities.

If the idea of moving to Portugal from Australia excites you and you’re keen on exploring your options further, we strongly encourage you to get in touch with our team of approachable and professional immigration lawyers.

Likewise, we’re here to offer the guidance and support necessary to turn your dream of moving to Portugal from Australia into a reality. Don’t hesitate to reach out today to schedule a consultation and embark on your exciting journey ahead.

¨We will be with you each step of the journey.¨


Why should Australians move to Portugal?

Australians looking to relocate to Europe are consistently choosing Portugal as their priority destination. The allure of Portugal’s beautiful landscapes, warm Mediterranean climate, and rich history appeals to Australians seeking a change from their native shores.

Whether it’s exploring historic cities, indulging in renowned cuisine, or relaxing on picturesque beaches, Portugal offers a diverse range of experiences for Australians to enjoy.

Here’s what ex-pats can enjoy when relocating to Portugal from Australia:

  • Strong quality of life 
  • High level of safety
  • Attractive tax advantages 
  • Many investment opportunities
  • Great food and stunning scenery

How Australians can move to Portugal

Embark on a joyous life in Portugal with this step-by-step guide!


Choose the visa or Portuguese residence permit that suits you best.


Working with a lawyer is critical to learn about visa requirements and whether your situation qualifies.


You can either apply for a visa in Portugal or file your application from your home country if you are visiting.


Be sure to gather all the necessary paperwork and send them to the appropriate Portuguese embassy or consulate.


Then, travel to Portugal once you have your visa.

If you’re thinking about making the move to Portugal from Australia, there are some important things to keep in mind. First of all, unless you’re an EU citizen, it’s necessary to get an employment visa before you can start working in Portugal. Also, working in Portugal is not the same as working in Australia. This means you’ll need to obtain a specific work visa before you begin your job there.

For those who are considering a permanent move to Portugal, there’s an interesting option to explore. Moreover, if you’re willing to invest more money upfront, you might want to look into the Entrepreneur and Investor Visa. Even though this choice might be more expensive, it offers the potential for bigger rewards down the line.

If you have a good amount of passive income to support yourself, there’s another visa route to consider. Additionally, if you’re financially stable, you can apply for a non-lucrative visa, which allows you to live in Portugal.

For Australian citizens who are keen on studying in Portugal, there’s some good news. Furthermore, if you have a student visa, you can study in the country and even stay there after your studies are done to search for a job.

Now, one of the fantastic things about moving to Portugal from Australia is that you don’t have to give up your original nationality since Portugal recognizes dual citizenship.

  1. Step 1 – Understand Your Situation.
    1. There are various residence permits in Portugal, each with its own procedure. For example, you must follow a different system to get a non-lucrative visa than one to get a work permit. So, first, you need to determine which visa is best for you.
    2. Even though Australian citizens are not EU citizens, we can still help you and ensure the process is simple. 
    3. Our lawyers can assist you in deciding whether a Portuguese resident visa is exactly what you require. In addition, we can assist you with Immigration officials, because we speak Portuguese.
  2. Step 2 – the immigration procedure
    1. You typically begin the process in your home country unless you are applying for an entrepreneur visa or a highly skilled professional visa.
    2. You must apply to the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in your home country or the location where you are a legal resident before travelling to Portugal to obtain a Portuguese visa.
    3. After your application has been processed, the Embassy or Consulate will give you a visa so that you may enter Portugal and stay there.
    4. Make sure to travel within 90 days after the visa was issued.
    5. Once you have received your NIF number, you must apply for a residence permit. A residency card is essentially what you receive. 
    6. You may live in the country for two years with this residence permit, which can be renewed for a period of three years, as long you still meet the exact requirements.
    7. You may apply for permanent residency after living in Portugal for at least 5 years.
  3. Step 3 – Working in Portugal
  4. If you are an ex-pat, you must have a work visa to work in Portugal.
    1. Those seeking to reside in Portugal who are unable to meet the stringent requirements for other types of visas may find the work visa a suitable replacement.
      1. Most applications must be made from outside of Portugal.
      2. You must have a Portuguese job offer and a work contract to get a work permit.
      3. You can only work in positions where the government has identified a need.
    2. We’ve helped hundreds of clients secure their EU blue card, so don’t delay and speak with Lexidy today. 
  5. Step 4 – Moving to Portugal but not working.
    1. You can live in Portugal as an Australian citizen without working on a non-lucrative visa. Having enough money to sustain yourself there, however, would be ideal. 
    2. With this visa, you can use your private or public pension to support yourself while living in Portugal.
  6. Step 5 – Getting a NIF
    1. Anyone who lives in Portugal has to obtain a tax identification number NIF especially if they run official/legal fiscal activities 
    2. In Portugal, a NIF number is required to open a bank account, purchase a property, pay taxes and do most other fiscal activities.
  7. Step 6 – The paperwork
    1. You must have the following documents for each residence permit in Portugal.
      1. A clean criminal record in Portugal and your home country
      2. Proof that you can financially support yourself if you are applying for a student visa or non-lucrative visa
      3. Full public healthcare coverage
      4. A passport and two photo IDs
    2. More complex visa applications require more paperwork. For instance, the Golden Visa in Portugal requires proof that the applicant has purchased a Portuguese asset. In addition, the entrepreneurship visa requires the applicant to develop a business plan.
  8. Step 7 – Translate the documents
    1. All documents must be translated into Portuguese and certified with a Hague Apostille. These documents are rejected if presented in the client’s native language, so everything must be translated into Portuguese.
  9. Step 8 – Move with your family.
    1. An extended family may apply for a residence and work permit if the principal applicant has resided in the country for more than one year.
    2. Portugal counts the below as family:
      1. Your parents
      2. Spouse or unmarried partner
      3. Your spouse’s parents
      4. Your children
    3. Your family reunification residence permit application cannot be processed until your relative is out of the country.

Considering a move to Portugal from Australia? There are crucial steps you’ll need to take. Firstly, whether your goal is work, self-employment, studies, or retirement, you’ll have to complete a specific visa application for a long-stay visa in Portugal.

Here are the main visa options available to you as an Australian citizen:

Retirement Visa (D7 Visa): Known as the D7 visa, the Retirement Visa allows you to move to Portugal from Australia if your financial situation can comfortably sustain your lifestyle. This means you can work in Portugal while also relying on passive income like dividends, pensions, interest, or rental earnings. Moreover, it’s essential to show that you have enough financial resources to support not just yourself but also any family members you plan to bring along. The most effective way to demonstrate this is by having a pension.

Once you land in Portugal, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for a Residence Permit. This permit is valid for two years and can be renewed for three-year periods. After you’ve lived in Portugal for five years, you can even apply for permanent residency. This is the initial step toward becoming a Portuguese citizen, and you can undertake this process alongside your family.

Digital Nomad Visa: For Australian citizens, the Digital Nomad Visa is an exciting option. Additionally, this visa allows you to live in Portugal as long as your income from remote work can cover your expenses. Unlike the D7 Visa, which relies on passive income, the Digital Nomad Visa hinges on your salary from freelance work or remote employment.

Once you touch down in Portugal, you can also apply for a Residence Permit. This permit, valid for two years, is renewable for three-year stretches. After five years of living in Portugal, you can apply for permanent residency. This step sets you on the path toward acquiring Portuguese citizenship, and your family can be a part of this journey too.

Interestingly, unlike other Portuguese visa applications, you won’t need to purchase property or make an investment for the Digital Nomad Visa.

Investor Visa (Portuguese Golden Visa): If you’re an Australian citizen, you have the opportunity to participate in the Golden Visa Program and become a permanent resident of Portugal. Furthermore, this visa offers the most advantages and flexibility among all the visa options, plus it boasts a straightforward application process. With this visa, you and your loved ones can immediately start working in Portugal.

However, it’s important to note that this visa comes with a significant investment requirement in Portuguese real estate. For most applicants, this entails a €500,000 investment. But, if you buy property in a low-density area or a designated rehabilitation zone, this investment can be lower.

Our team of lawyers is here to assist if you’re considering immigrating to Portugal. In fact, this program also enables Australian citizens to kick-start and operate their own businesses in Portugal. Feel free to reach out if you want guidance and support on your journey toward moving to Portugal from Australia.


We are a department formed by qualified legal experts who have been trained in the field of immigration law. We work on these residency permit requests every day. It’s our passion. Our work goes beyond having a general interest.


For us, Lexidy is a way of life and what excites us the most is to be able to deliver the happiness and satisfaction of a successful immigration process. We want to help you achieve your goals and dreams, whether it’s residence in Portugal or simply an investment.

Laura Fuste

Laura Fusté

Head of Immigration Europe
David Planes

David Planes

Cristina Negro Vizoso

Cristina Negro Vizoso

Mónica Isern López

Mónica Isern López

Lawyer, Head of Immigration Spain
Gabriela Baly

Gabriela Baly

Francesca Coluccio

Francesca Coluccio

Legal Advisor

Sandra Faura

Carolina Gimeno

Carolina Gimeno



Trainee Lawyer
Eugenia Yanes

Eugenia Yanes

Legal Trainee
María Laura Arreaza

Maria Laura Arreaza

Immigration Administrative
Manuel Lorenzo

Manuel Lorenzo


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Yaw Kevin
Yaw Kevin
02:00 27 Sep 23
A great law firm that covers anything an expat might need. I needed help with real estate initially, and they also helped me with immigration, taxes, and corporate legal matters. Fantastic people to work with. Alejandro from their real estate and immigration department is my main contact and he is an absolute pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!
Jonathan Elron
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07:37 13 Aug 23
Alejandro was helping me navigate the process of nueva obra construction to gain Spanish golden visa. He proved to be very knowledgeable and we had a great phone call where I learned more in 20 minutes than I would have from months of internet research. Unfortunately the property I was looking at ended up not being suitable, which was discovered thanks to his due-diligence, so I was not able to go through the entire process, so I can't provide a review of the full legal process. But I'll be engaging with Lexidy again if I find a suitable property for me in the future!
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We are working with Lexidy for our immigration and real estate needs. Our real estate lawyer, Juan Diego Muñoz, has been amazing to work with throughout the entire process. His diligent communication during the real estate purchase has not only kept us informed every step of the way, but helped us to understand the differences and intricacies of purchasing property in Spain. We can't say enough great things about Juan Diego and the team at Lexidy.
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11:16 29 Jan 21
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Frequently Asked Questions

For Australians thinking about making a move to Portugal for retirement, there’s a clear pathway available through the appropriate visa. Furthermore, the retirement visa for Portugal, commonly known as the D7, is the option they can apply for to turn their retirement plans into a reality.

People wishing to retire in Portugal may do so with the appropriate visa. The Portugal retirement visa, also known as the D7, is the one they may apply for.

Considering a move to Portugal from Australia? It’s crucial to understand that the cost of living in Portugal, encompassing expenses like housing, food, transportation, healthcare, and other necessities, tends to be notably more affordable compared to many parts of Australia.

Opting to live outside major cities brings about an even lower cost of living. Furthermore, it’s worth noting that in these areas, public transportation options might be limited. In addition, utilities such as energy bills are significantly more budget-friendly. In fact, these aspects contribute to making Portugal an enticing choice for individuals seeking to manage their expenses prudently when moving from Australia.

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