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Resident VISA

The Portuguese Residence Card

From the EU, EEA, or Switzerland?

EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens holdautomatic rights for residency in Portugal. All that they must do is register with the civil authorities.

Residence Card for Non-EU/EEA/Swiss Dependent Family Members

After registration of the EU/EEA/Swisscitizen, the non-EU/EEA/Swiss spouse (or common-law spouse of at least threeyears), dependent children, and dependent parents may apply for a residence card,valid for five years. Individuals of other nationalities may, however, obtain aPortuguese residence permit under many different circumstances. We havein-depth knowledge and extensive experience in this field and will fully assistclients with all their requirements.

From Temporary to Permanent Residency, and Citizenship

All classes of residence permitsgranted by Portugal are initially issued for one year and are subsequently andindefinitely renewable every two years. However, after having held a legalresidency in Portugal for five years, passing a language proficiency test, andshowing ties to the Portuguese community, one is entitled to permanentresidency or citizenship. As a permanent resident of Portugal, it is easier tolater apply for a residency permit anywhere in the EU/EEA/Switzerland. As acitizen, one is entitled to live anywhere in the EU/EEA/Switzerland, withoutneed for a permit.

Types of Portuguese Residency Permits

The various types of residency permitsissued are as follows:

1.    For residency-by-investmentpermits, commonly known as a Golden Visa;

2.    For retirees, passive incomeearners, or high net-worth individuals (also known as a Type-I Visa);

3.    For studies, non-remuneratedinternships, or voluntary work;

4.    The EU Blue Card, granted tohighly qualified professionals with a high-level employment contract, exceptwhen applicants already hold a right to reside in Portugal;

5.    For qualified ministers of anestablished denomination;

6.    For researchers, educators atan institution for higher learning, or other highly trained professionals;

7.    For freelancers orentrepreneurs establishing a business.

A Favorable Tax Regime for New Residents

People who have moved to Portugal butwere not tax-resident during the previous five years may apply for Non-HabitualResident (NHR) status. This scheme grants new residents of Portugal a 10-yeartax exemption on most non-Portuguese-sourced income, regardless of whether theyare taxed at source, or whether, under a double taxation agreement (DTA), thetax at source is reduced (e.g., dividends, interest, or royalties) or eveneliminated (e.g., pension income derived from private sector employment).

How Can We Assist?

We provide a one-stop-shop for allyour needs in connection with your relocation to Portugal, including your residencypermit, tax affairs, and settling-in support.