Beginning Oct. 30, people will be able to apply for Portugal’s digital nomad visa.
The digital nomad visa will allow remote workers who make at least four times the country’s minimum wage, roughly $2,750 per month, to live and work in Portugal. Applicants will also need to provide proof of income and tax documents.
A lot of people have taken advantage of the country’s D7 visa, which grants temporary citizenship to people who earn a passive income, in another country, totaling $7,011 per year or more; this includes income from real estate or business equity.
People applying for the D7 are also required to rent or purchase housing in Portugal.
One of the most appealing aspects of Portugal’s digital nomad visa is that its holders are able to move freely throughout the Schengen Area, which is made up of 26 European countries that have completely gotten rid of the need for border control when people travel between them.
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When Portugal starts accepting applications, people will be able to apply at the Portuguese Consulates in their home countries or directly at Portugal’s immigration agency. Remote workers will also be able to choose whether to apply for a temporary stay visa that’s valid for up to a year or a residency permit, which can be renewed for up to five years.
A desire to reside in Portugal isn’t unusual, and a lot of people have moved there since the pandemic began and recently it’s been ranked as the no.1 destination for digital nomads by Airbnb. In 2021, Portugal had nearly 1.2 million immigrants, which is about 11.5% of the country’s total population.