Visa Portugal | Subordinate work activity | Immigration Law

Visa Portugal | Subordinate work activity | Immigration Law

In simple words, job opportunities in Portugal should be aimed at workers who already reside in Portugal (Portuguese citizen or foreigner with a residence permit). Therefore, the worker will only obtain a work visa when there is no worker available in Portugal for that job opportunity.

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Subordinate work activity | Specific documentation related to the purpose of the stay

  • Work contract, work promise or demonstration of interest;
  • Declaration issued by the Portuguese Employment and Training Institute (IEFP) * (very important);
  • Professional certificate, when such profession is regulated in Portugal.
  • To determine means of subsistence: means obtained through a work contract or work contract promise should be taken into consideration.
  • Proof of means of subsistence can be produced through a statement of responsibility issued by the workers hosting entity.

The referred documents are the mandatory initial documents to be submitted. The consular post may request additional documents, at their discretion.

Global quota for the purpose of granting a residence permit

It is necessary to obtain the certificate, issued by the IEFP, stating that the employment contract or individual expression of interest is covered by the global quota in place and that the offer has notbeen filled by a preferential worker.

The granting of a residence visa for wage earners depends on the existence of job opportunities unfilled by Portuguese nationals, nationals of Member States of the European Union, of the European Economic Area or of a third State with which the EU hassigned an agreement of free movement of workers, as well as ofworkers from third States that have legal residence in Portugal.

General documentation

  • Official form;
  • Passport or additional travel document valid for 3 months after the duration of the stay;
  • Two passport photos, up-to-date and with enough quality to identify the applicant;
  • Valid travel insurance, allowing medical coverage, including medical emergencies and repatriation (*);
  • Proof of being in a regular situation when from a different nationality than that of the country where the visa is being applied for;
  • Request for criminal record enquiry by the Immigration and Border Services (SEF);
  • Criminal record certificate from the country of origin or the country where the applicant is residing for over a year (children under the age of 16 are exempt from producing a criminal record);
  • Proof of accommodation;
  • Proof of means of subsistence as stipulated by law;
  • Proof of subsistence means can be made through a statement of responsibility, signed by a Portuguese national or by a foreign national legally resident in Portugal.

Source: Foreign Service and borders | Portugal

Immigration Law in Portugal