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👉 Article 88.2 - obtaining a job in a Portuguese company. If you don't meet the criteria for high-skilled professional to apply under 90.2 (no higher education diploma or salary lower than 1800 euros) you can still apply for a residence permit under this article. The promise of a contract is enough to file a manifestation. However, you must start work and receive a regular paycheck, and show taxes paid. You will need to bring all your documents for the waiting period to SEF later.
👉 Article 89.2 - opening a sole proprietorship/self-employment in Portugal and conducting business in Portugal (with foreign or Portuguese clients).The process for obtaining a residence permit in both cases is identical, except for the article number and a few documents.
The main drawback of this method of obtaining a residence permit is the long wait; currently, the process takes about two years. During this time, the applicant must remain in Portugal. This time does not count towards future eligibility for citizenship in Portugal.
💡 You can apply with either foreign clients or a Portuguese job contract. You don't need to have higher education
Gather all documents
Get your NIF, NISS and lease contract. Open atividade or get a job contract. Receive your salary or issue a recibo verde for at least €1000
File a Manifestation of Interest:
Prepare the necessary documents according to the list and upload them to Sapa.sef
Expect an invitation from SEF
SEF reviews applications on a first-come, first-served basis and will invite you for an interview after approximately 17 months.
After visiting SEF, you will receive your residence permit card by mail within 2-12 weeks.
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