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Eligibility Requirements for Portugal's Blue Card

Applicants for a Portuguese Blue Card must:

1.  Possess a valid work contract for a binding offer of highly qualified employment, with a duration of at least one year; and

2.  Meet Portugal's minimum salary threshold; and

3.  Present all certifications that meet Portugal's legal criteria for both regulated and unregulated professions; and

4.  Provide valid travel documentation, a visa application, a valid visa (if necessary) and current residence permit or long-term national visa (if appropriate); and

5.  Demonstrate proof of health insurance (or copy submitted application).

In Addition, applicants for Portugal's blue card must not pose a threat to public safety in the view of the state. Applicants might be required to provide proof of their Portuguese residence also. The Portuguese Blue Card costs between €100 and €250. The maximum processing time for a Portuguese Blue Card is 60 days.

Minimum Household Income for Portugal's Blue Card

The gross annual salary from either the monthly or yearly salary, as specified by the hiring contract (or other binding offers of employment), must meet Portugal's salary threshold, usually at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary in Portugal. In 2018, for example, Portugal set its minimum salary threshold at €580/month. Portugal doesn't implement labor market tests on their Blue Card applicants.

The Blue Card is initially issued with a one-year validity and can  be Subsequently renewed for two years at a time.