Guide: D2 Business Visa

  • ✍Apply: in the country where you hold citizenship or a residency permit
  • 💼 Requirements: open a company or register as a self-employed in Portugal
  • 💸 Recommended: a deposit of at least €9840+ for the first time
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About visa

D2 is a Portugal business visa. You can start a sole proprietorship (by registering "atividade") or a company in Portugal and apply for a Portugal visa as an entrepreneur or director of the company.

We recommend this option if you do not meet the criteria for a D7 visa (permanent income) or Digital Nomad (remote work income over 3040 euros per month). However, you will need to consider Portugal D2 visa requirements, such as to have a local Portuguese client/supplier and demonstrate your value to Portugal. Having local clients is necessary to show your connection to the country and justify your desire for a residency permit.

Longer alternative

Inside Portugal you can get a residence permit under article 89.2/88.2 - the list of documents is similar to the list for D2 visa. (except for the airplane ticket reservation). However, if you apply inside Portugal, the wait for a residence permit will take about 1.5 years. All this time you will have to stay inside Portugal for a successful business immigration.

What does a typical process looks like


Preparation of Documents:

Obtain business registration, invoices, and tax documents. Describe your source of income and show bank statements for at least 3 months


Visa application:

Submit your application to the consulate or VFS in your country and obtain your visa.


AIMA Application in Portugal:

Upon arrival in Portugal, apply at the AIMA. Simply arrive on the designated date and provide the necessary documents.


Wait for Residence Card:

On average, you can expect to wait 2-3 weeks for the arrival of your ID card. However, it may take up to 3 months in some cases.

Step-by-step guide

Check-list for D2 application in your country consulate or visa centre

  • Make an appointment
  • International passport
  • Start a company in Portugal or self-employment
  • Portuguese account statement
  • Rental contract
  • Police criminal record
  • Health insurance
  • Airplane ticket booking
  • Motivation letter
  • Get a visa at the consulate and come to Portugal, get a residence permit

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