Residence Visas: D2, D7 and Digital Nomads

Residence Visas: D2, D7 and Digital Nomads

The D2, D7 and Digital Nomad residence visas, as well as the benefits of obtaining them in Portugal, are an excellent alternative for those looking for an alternative to the almost extinct Golden Visas. We will talk a little about the process of obtaining these visas for someone who wishes to move to Portugal.

  1. D2 Residence Visa: The D2 residence visa is intended for entrepreneurs who intend to establish a business in Portugal. To obtain this visa, it is necessary to submit a detailed business plan and prove sufficient financial resources to invest in the company. Additionally, it is important to demonstrate that the business will bring economic benefits to the country, such as job creation.

Benefits of the D2 Visa:

  • Permission to establish and run a business in Portugal.
  • Access to the European market and networking opportunities.
  • Possibility to bring family (spouse and minor children) to Portugal.


  1. D7 Residence Visa: The D7 residence visa is aimed at people who wish to retire or have passive income in Portugal. To qualify for this visa, it is necessary to prove the existence of a stable and sufficient income to support oneself in the country. This can be done through retirements, investments, rents, or other passive income.

Benefits of the D7 Visa:

  • Permission to live in Portugal without the need to work.
  • Access to public services, such as health and education.
  • Possibility to apply for permanent residence after five years.


  1. Digital Nomad Visa: The Digital Nomad visa is a new visa category created in Portugal to attract professionals who work remotely. This visa allows digital nomads to live and work in Portugal for a period of up to one year.

Benefits of the Digital Nomad visa:

  • Freedom to work remotely while enjoying the quality of life in Portugal.
  • Access to the country's services and infrastructure.
  • Possibility to explore and get to know different Portuguese regions.


Process of obtaining visas 

To obtain any of these visas, you need to follow a few similar steps:

  1. Gather the necessary documentation: This includes a valid passport, proof of financial resources, health insurance, and other documents specific to each type of visa.

  2. Schedule an interview: Generally, it is necessary to schedule an interview at the Portuguese consulate or embassy in the applicant's home country. During the interview, you will need to present the documentation and answer questions about the purpose of moving to Portugal.

  3. Wait for the decision: After the interview, the visa application will be evaluated by the Portuguese authorities. Processing time can vary, but it typically takes a few weeks to a few months.

  4. Getting to Portugal: Once you have obtained the visa, you will need to travel to Portugal within the validity period of the visa. Upon arrival, you will need to apply for a residence card from the Portuguese authorities.


It is important to note that the requirements and process for obtaining visas may change over time, so it is always recommended to check the updated information on the official websites of the Portuguese government or seek expert legal advice before beginning the application process.

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