If you’re a qualified expert in your field looking to move to the European Union, then Portugal has a lot to offer. With the goal of attracting highly qualified experts, with the skills and qualifications to grow the economy, Portugal created the D3 Visa for high-skilled workers. Commonly referred to as the ‘Tech Visa’ relating to Highly qualified activities.
Designed to fast-track skilled professionals and work in collaboration with recognised research institutions to drive research and development in higher education, professional training, or cultural activities.
The D3 is aimed at High-skilled and qualified individuals who are non-EU/EAA/Swiss citizens. The definition states those eligible are as follows: “That work whose exercise requires specialised technical skills of an exceptional nature, or an adequate qualification for the respective exercise.”
Some examples are listed below.
- Information and communication technology professionals
- Company management, such as Directors and Chief Executive Officers
- Science Professors, Researchers and PhD Students
- Science, Healthcare and Engineering professionals
- Legal, Social and Cultural Professionals with expertise
Professionals that want to apply for a D3 Visa must have an employment contract or a promise of employment with a recognised establishment, with operations within the Portuguese territory.
There are several forms you need to submit along with your application for a D3 Visa. It’s important to have all this information readily available before your appointment. The required documents are as follows:
- Completed and signed D3 application form
- Valid Passport
- Two passport-sized photographs
- Request for criminal record enquiry by the Immigration and Border Services (SEF)
- A criminal background check from your home country, where you have resided for more than one year
- Proof of accommodation, valid for a period of 12 months or more
- 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.
Once you receive your D3 Visa, the next step is to apply for Portuguese residency. Your residency permit will be valid for a period of 12 months, on the assumption your employment contract is permanent. After 12 months, you can renew your residency for two consecutive 2-year periods through your local SEF Branch. After five years of legal residency, you can then apply for citizenship through Naturalisation.
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