Job seeker Visa

The Portugal job seeker visa permits individuals to enter and reside in Portugal for up to 4 months or 120 days, specifically for the purpose of seeking employment opportunities in the country.

Portugal job seeker visa 2023

The Portugal job seeker visa permits individuals to enter and reside in Portugal for up to 4 months or 120 days, specifically for the purpose of seeking employment opportunities in the country. During this period, visa holders are authorised to engage in subordinated work activities until the visa expires or until they are granted a residence permit.

Validity and Extension

The Portugal job seeker visa is initially valid for 120 days or 4 months and allows a single entry into Portugal. It can be extended for an additional 60 days.

Upon receiving the visa, applicants will be assigned a scheduled date within the 120-day validity period. Once an employment contract is formalised during this time, applicants can apply for a residence permit.

After the maximum validity period of the job seeker visa has expired and if no employment relationship or residence permit application has been established, the visa holder must leave the country.

In such cases, the visa holder can reapply for a new visa one year after the previous visa’s expiration. The extension request should include proof of registration with the IEFP, I.P., and a declaration by the applicant maintaining the conditions of the planned stay, which will be assessed based on the reasons that justified the initial visa issuance.


  • A visa application form completed and duly signed by the applicant
  • passport or other travel documents, valid for 3 months after the estimated date of return.
  • A request for criminal record enquiry by the Immigration and Border Services (SEF).
  • A criminal record certificate issued by the competent authority of the country of the applicant’s nationality or of the country where the applicant has resided for over a year, except for applicants under the age of 16, with the apostille
  • Valid travel insurance covering necessary medical expenses, including urgent medical assistance and possible repatriation
  • Proof of financial resources equivalent to at least the sum of three guaranteed monthly minimum salaries
  • Proof of the financial resources may be waived upon presentation of a term of responsibility with a recognized signature made by a Portuguese citizen or a foreign citizen, with a legal residence authorization in Portugal.
  • Declaration with an indication of the conditions for the estimated stay
  • Proof of presentation of a declaration of expression of interest for enrolment in the IEFP

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Application Process


Gather Required Documents

Before applying, ensure you have all the necessary documents, such as passport copies, proof of income, health insurance, and a statement explaining your purpose of staying in Portugal.


The application for the Digital Nomad Visa is done through the embassy of Portugal from the country of residence or through VFS whichever platform is available in the country. A complete form accurately filled along with required documents.

Wait for Approval

The processing time for the visa may vary between 8 to 12 weeks, but once approved, you will be issued a residence permit that allows you to stay in Portugal for a designated period.
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