Residence in Portugal

All holders of a Schengen residence identity card or passport may enter Portugal for up to 90 days without a visa. Specific visa requirements may apply for non-EEA nationals, depending on their nationality. A foreign national may not spend more than 90 days per six month period in the country without a residence permit.

As with most European Union member states, if foreign nationals want to reside and settle in Portugal for longer than three months, they must apply for a residence permit within 90 days of their initial legal entry into the territory.

Residence permits for non-EU nationals may be granted under one of the following two programs:

  • The Golden Residence Permit Program, via specified investments
  • The EU Blue Card, via highly qualified employment


In both economic categories, residence permits can also be granted to family members of a successful main applicant through the family reunification procedure.


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