Guide: D3 visa for highly skilled professionals 🇵🇹

  • 🎓 Requirement: higher education or 5-6 years of experience
  • 🤑 Salary: at least €1800
  • 💸 Savings: at least €9840 (if applying with the promise of a contract)
  • Long-term contract with a Portugese employer
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About visa

  • ‍The D3 visa is an authorization to enter the country for highly qualified professionals who have received a job offer or have already concluded a work contract with a Portuguese employer. The visa entitles the holder to a two-year residence permit.
  • 90.2 —is an article of the Portugal skilled immigration code. It legalizes a person with a suitable university degree on the basis of employment with a Portuguese company that needs highly qualified personnel.
✍ To prove that you are a highly qualified specialist, you will need an apostilled diploma of higher education and a position in a Portuguese company corresponding to your education. The salary must be at least 1.5 median. In 2023, €1800 per month or more.

Also, you need to prepare Portugal D3 visa required documents (see the list below).

The main requirements:

👉 It is mandatory to prove higher education or 5-6 years of work experience.
👉 If you work not by education, show work experience of 5 years and profile courses.

You can apply for a visa with your family. This is easier than reunification within Portugal.

💡 If you're applying with the promise of a contract, you'll likely need to show savings in a personal account (not necessarily Portuguese) of 9120 euros or more per adult.
Apply from within Portugal

What does a typical process looks like


Preparation of Documents:

You need to gather documents related to your education, work experience,and a job offer or work contract with a Portuguese company


Visa application:

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


AIMA Application:

Upon arrival in Portugal, apply at the AIMA. Simply arrive on the designated date and provide the necessary documents. You're almost there!


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 D3 application in your country consulate or visa centre

  • Make an appointment
  • International passport
  • Police criminal record
  • NIF (tax number) and NISS (social security number)
  • Rental contract
  • Proof of education and work experience in the specialty
  • Work contract with Portuguese employer
  • Health insurance
  • Motivation letter
  • Get a visa at the consulate and come to Portugal, get a residence permit

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