Guide: Startup residence permit under the article 89.4 🇵🇹

  • 🚀 Application basis: a good idea is enough, you don't have to present a working business
  • 📄 Apply from: you can apply from withtin Portugal under the article 89.4
  • 🤑 Revenue: potential turnover and/or asset value €325,000+ euros per year after 5 years
  • Education: at least a bachelor's degree is required for all startup founders
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About visa

A startup visa program for Portugal (Article 89.4) is an easy way to move here with your team, even if you have just an idea for a startup.

Moreover, it is better to have an idea rather than a working business - then the process of obtaining a residence permit with a startup visa will be faster. In the first year after obtaining a residence permit, you have to open a company. If something went wrong, you can extend this period twice.

💡 Applications submitted without a resident visa must provide proof of legal entry and stay in Portugal.
The main requirements

✅ You have an idea for a startup in any business area
✅ You can show 5800€ in your account (Social Support Index x12)
✅ You have at least a bachelor's degree
✅ You are older than 18 years
✅ You should be supported by one of the local business incubators
✅ You have to show growth capacity for 5 years
✅ You can apply in the country of citizenship, residence or inside Portugal

Top tips and lifehacks
  • Describe your project's scalability and willingness to grow in the European and global market
  • Demonstrate that you will create jobs for Portuguese people
  • Highlight your innovation. You are unlikely to get an OK from IAPMEI with a café or beauty salon project.
  • Add your wife/husband as cofounder so you don't have to bother with reunification
⚠️ Important

What does a typical process looks like


Fill out the Startup Portugal form

Fill out the form and wait for approval from the incubator.


Get IAPMEI approval

You need to prepare the documents according to the list and upload them online on IAPMEI website.


Make an appointment to apply for a residence permit

AIMA reviews applications and invites you for an interview. You can also apply at the consulate in your country.


Wait your residence card

Wait, on average, 2-3 weeks until the ID card arrives at your address. But sometimes it can take up to 3 months.

Step-by-step guide

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

  • Make an appointment
  • International passport
  • Proof of regular incomes
  • Portuguese account statement
  • Confirmation of a place to live in Portugal for a year
  • Criminal record from your country
  • Minimum 120 days insurance for 30K+ euros
  • Airplane ticket booking
  • Motivation letter

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