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Entrepreneur and Freelance Visa in Portugal

Immigration advice for non-EU nationals who want to work for themselves in Portgual

Our team of immigration lawyers are here to turn your business idea to reality in Portugal with advice and guidance on obtaining a D2 Visa for self-employed or freelance work.

How can a lawyer help with the Entrepreneur Visa?

Our Portuguese Immigration experts can help you by sharing their knowledge and dedication to obtaining the right visa for you. We understand what the public administrations and officials are looking for when applicants are filing for visas. We have authentic relationships with commercial and immigration offices, so we know how to navigate the complications and hurdles with ease. For this services, we typically help with requesting a Portuguese tax ID number, also known as NIF, opening a bank account, creating a company, organizing a fiscal representative and filing for the visa and residence permit. For freelancers, we also help enrol them on the respective legal association that governs their liberal profession.

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

 

What is an Entrepreneur & Freelance Visa?

Like Portugal’s other visa pathways, the Portugal D2 visa is aimed at third country nationals from outside the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland.  

The Portugal D2 visa is designed for people who want to open a new business in Portugal, set up a Portuguese branch of an existing business, or move to Portugal to run a business that already exists.  In light of that, the D2 is also known as the Entrepreneur Visa.

Unlike the Golden Visa, you won’t need to make a hefty investment in Portugal to get the D2 visa. And unlike the D7 visa, you don’t need to prove a source of regular passive income.

Instead, getting the Portugal D2 visa mainly depends on having a viable business that you can run in Portugal. The business can be anything from a coffee shop to a wellness retreat to a real estate agency – there are no restrictions. 

If you plan to start your own business or work as a freelancer while in Portugal, you will need a visa to legally perform independent professional activity or entrepreneurial work. This is called a D2 visa and there is one for entrepreneurs and another for freelancers. 

You may will be free to work in the field of your choice in Portugal and register with Portugese Social Security for benefits like parental and sickness leave.

You must be able to demonstrate the viability of your project in Portugal with a business plan for an entrepreneur visa. You must also incorporate a company by registering it in the Commercial Register. Our Corporate law Department can help you set up the company remotely by means of a simple power of attorney before you move to Portugal.

In Portugal, there is some discretion when verifying and assessing the economic and employment benefit that the business activity will bring. However, most of the time, the application’s chances of success are enhanced by how qualified the service provider is or the scale of need for the business in the country. 

For the Freelance visa, it is necessary to register with the Tax Office and pay contributions directly to the Social Security Service.

Why is this visa attractive?

The applicant doesn’t need to prove that they have a source of passive income nor do they have to work a large investment in Portugal, which are requirements for the Golden Visa. It also is a pathway to citizenship after five years and is a great fit for entrepreneurs and existing business owners.

Who is elegible?

The D2 visa is available to any non-EU citizen who is planning to launch a business in Portugal that  can be considered of “general interest”. Typically, the project must be innovative, brings new scientific or technological advancements, has a significant economic impact or has the potential to create many new jobs in Portugal.

The visa is intended for new businesses, startups, independent professionals, immigrant entrepreneurs, company managers, shareholders, partners, and board members.

Independent professional activity means that performed by autonomous professionals, or freelancers, who offer their services to clients. These clients can be individuals or companies and there’s a fixed price for the work.

Independent professions like IT specialisation, plumber, carpenter, technicians are eligible. In this same category are also included lawyers, architects, physicians and engineers, who are independent professionals, but who exercise their professional activity bound to previous registration in the respective Professional Order.

Should I apply for an entrepreneur visa or a work visa?

The D2 visa is for independent workers or those who will incorporate a company in Portugal. If you are moving to Portugal with an employment contract, you would need a highly-qualified activity work visa, or D3 visa. 

With the D2 visa, you can either incorporate a company or work as an independent worker and in both cases, no need for a contract with a Portuguese company. 

We recommend this visa if your priority is to work on your activity, project or idea from the day you arrive in Portugal and you consider you can fulfil the “general interest” requirement.

How does the process of obtaining an entrepreneur or freelance visa work?

First of all, the applicant has to either create a company, which we can advise on and execute, or enrol with the correct professional organization for freelancers. 

Once the applicant established the company or has signed a contract delivering services as a liberal professional, they can apply for a visa at the Portuguese Consulate or Embassy in their home country. 

After the respective D2 visa has been issued, the applicant can travel to Portugal and make an appointment at the Portuguese Border and Immigration Service, called SEF. At this appointment, the applicant will submit their residence permit application, collect biometric data and deliver the documentation. 

After the appointment, the application is analyzed internally and the applicant is notified of the decision of approval. They then receive the residence card. 

The Entrepreneur route for the D2 visa: 

– Get a NIF (tax number in Portugal) 

– Set up a business bank account at a Portuguese bank

– Create a Portuguese limited company (LDA) 

– Appoint an accountant who understands the Portuguese tax system 

– Show evidence of having sufficient financial means to set up and run the company.  Incorporating a company in Portugal requires paying corporation tax every year as well as social security contributions.

The Independent service provider route for the D2 visa: 

– Get a NIF (tax number in Portugal) 

– Set up a bank account at a Portuguese bank

– Show proof of relevant experience or qualifications in your field, like an academic degree or CV 

– Show proof of a contract with one or more clients

Requirements for Entrepreneur Visa

There are a few main requirements. Firstly, if you plan to be entrepreneurial and launch a company, the business must be incorporated. If, however, you are a freelancer you can have a contract to provide services in a liberal profession, like a journalist, a lawyer or doctor.

Both types of D2 visa require a legal qualification to perform any independent professional activity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, your family members can request a residence permit through family reunification.

The residence permit’s holder cannot be absent from the country for more than six months in a row or eight months combined. These time limits may be excluded if it is proven that during the absence of Portugal the applicant has developed a professional, business, cultural or social activity.

Yes, within 90 or 30 days before the residence card expires. 

Yes, after five years of legal residence in Portugal it is possible to request Portuguese Nationality.

OUR WORK

We are a department formed by qualified legal experts who have been trained in the field of immigration law. We work on these requests every day and it’s our passion. 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.

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Vasco Dias

Lawyer

Lidiane Carvalho

Head of Immigration Department

Thabata Mota

Paralegal
Diana Andrade

Diana Andrade

Lawyer
Gabriela Teruel

Gabriela Teruel

Paralegal
Karla Morais

Karla Morais

Lawyer
Deborah Andrade

Deborah Andrade

Paralegal

Alicia Vilafranca

Paralegal

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19:10 08 Sep 22
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11:53 06 Aug 22
The Lexidy team provided a great service, taking most of the stress out of the bureaucracy of applying for residency. The team are all professional and friendly. My only issue is with the finance department who on two occasions tried to overcharge me and had me digging through past invoices to prove i'd already paid. Just make sure you keep track of that. Besides this, it was an overall very positive experience, highly recommended.
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12:00 04 Aug 22
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11:49 26 Jul 22
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16:38 16 Jul 22
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Kris P.
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13:01 07 Jul 22
I met with an immigration specialist and a tax specialist at Lexidy. Both provided me with the personalized information I needed to make some important decisions regarding moving to Portugal and becoming a tax resident. Friendly and informative. Highly recommended.
Lexidy Law Firm is outstanding! I come from a family of four lawyers and a judge so I am quite discerning when it comes to law firms. From the first contact we made to now, we have received nothing but prompt, professional, gracious and competent service. I would particularly like to acknowledge and thank Karla Morais in the Immigration Department for her dedication to providing all the information we needed in order to make a decision about citizenship in Portugal. Thank you, Lexidy, and thank you Karla. You are excellent!
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Kristen Wilkinson
14:53 20 Oct 21
Update: While all of the initial responses were pretty quick, they started getting busy, so I had to constantly follow up. We have since sought assistance elsewhere.My husband and I plan to move from the USA to Porto, Portugal in the spring/early summer of 2023. We didn't know where to start or what to expect. I searched online and found Lexidy Law Boutique. Their website is intuitive, informative and inviting. I emailed the office and Lidiane responded within a few hours. Based on the information in my email, she emailed us appropriate information on our situation. She was very professional and offered to set up a web call if we wanted to. We ended up having our web call today and will be starting our journey of becoming Portuguese citizens. She informed us of the first steps, all of the documentation we need and what the law firm can do for us. Right after our call, she emailed us detailed information regarding pricing and what is entailed in that pricing. So far, the beginning of our journey is a positive one.
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12:05 21 Sep 21
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07:14 20 Sep 21
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15:16 14 Sep 21
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16:20 11 Sep 21
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18:24 07 Sep 21
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17:43 07 Sep 21
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Mahsa M
Mahsa M
18:37 24 Aug 21
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Lisa Martin
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14:55 19 Aug 21
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Jay G
Jay G
10:18 13 Aug 21
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Ernesto Arrocha
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17:41 11 Aug 21
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16:26 30 Jul 21
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13:34 27 Jul 21
Young law firm in Lisbon specialising in legal help for foreigners living in Portugal - tax, immigration, citizenship etc. The team are friendly, reliable and very clear with communication.
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22:08 18 Jul 21
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02:45 16 Jul 21
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05:50 14 Jul 21
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Dennis Johnson
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17:41 23 Nov 20
Lexidy goes the extra mile every time. They helped us get our residential visas and TIE. They are proactive, they respond to emails at all hours, they follow up to make sure everything is perfect. Best of all - they are so nice. I will always recommend them. Laura and her team are wonderful.
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14:37 19 Aug 20
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KALPANA SAKLA
KALPANA SAKLA
11:54 24 Jun 20
Bettino is a Gem, excellent service provided for my Portuguese Nationality by marriage.I will give 10 star if I can. Excellent service for all your legal & immigration matter, in Portugal & Spain, very attentive, accurate & multilingual, as I needed English speaking advocates. Higgly recommended to friends and family. Once again Thanks a ton to Bettino🙂
Linda
Linda
11:40 22 May 20
Bettino is a very, very professional lawyer who helped me get the residence card smoothly and encountered obstacles in the process of going to the immigration bureau. The staff of the immigration bureau firmly believed that it could not be continued. The immigration staff communicated, and finally the staff changed their attitude, which made me get the residence card smoothly. I sincerely thank Attorney Bettino for solving all the problems with his professional knowledge, ability, and confidence. The work is also very conscientious and attentive, patiently answering every question I have, the best wishes are presented to Bettino, the best lawyer in Lisbon 👍👍👍
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