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How To Apply For Portugal's Digital Nomad Visa

Finding information on how to apply for Portugal's new Digital Nomad visa has been a challenge. For starters, the Digital Nomad Visa and the Temporary Stay Visa are one in the same. Applying for the new Digital Nomad Visa is not unlike applying for the D7 visa.

You can apply for a Digital Nomad Visa 1 of 2 ways:

  • Temporary Stay Visa (less than 1 year)

  • Residence Visa (more than 1 year)

The main differences is:

  • The Temporary Visa is valid your entire stay so you will not need to make a SEF appointment for a residence permit

  • You are not a resident of Portugal

  • Your visa is only for 1 year, with the ability to extend

  • The Residence Visa/Permit is for an initial 2 years

  • A Temporary Visa holder can enter the country multiple times

Challenges in the process

The funny thing about the the VFS Global Website is there is no Digital Nomad information.

However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs list “Remote Work/Digital Nomad” under Temporary Stay as a visa option.

"Long-stay visas, in compliance with existing domestic law, can be either temporary or for residency authorization purposes."

The Application Process


  • Make sure to keep a copy of everything for yourself! The Embassy will not return these documents to you.

  • Make sure to double check the required documents. VFS Global updates their site as needed.

  • Notarized Passport: You can submit a notarized copy of your passport, instead of your actual passport. If you are in the US you can notarize your passport at

    • Your Bank: Some banks offer this service for free or offer a reimbursement for the cost.

    • UPS: Double check your locals UPS’s website in case this service isn't offered, as different locations can offer different services.

  • Passport Photos: Your photos need to be EU measurements. If you are in the US, UPS prints passport photos in the EU size.

  • Proof and copy of residency status in the United States: Applicable to you, if you are not a US citizen.

  • A Personal Statement: Portugal wants to know why you want to move there! Some topic areas you could cover are:

    • Accommodations

    • Financial Situation

    • Connections to Portugal

  • “Criminal Record Certificate '' A.K.A An FBI Background Check: You will be fingerprinted and then your certificate/record will be mailed to you. DO NOT OPEN THE FILE MAILED. You can do a FBI background check at:

    • UPS: They use a third party site named Print Scan.

    • USPS: The postal service works directly with the FBI. You will need to register with the FBI and then register with USPS.

  • Permission to the Department of Borders and Customs to obtain a criminal record from Portugal: You need to give permission to the Portuguese government to look at your US criminal record.

  • Proof of Accommodation: As a Digital Nomad this can be tricky. You will need to secure “long term accommodation”. I would recommend reaching out to VFS about this to make sure you have the up to date requirements on what they will accept for accommodations.

  • Proof of Means of Subsistence: You will need to prove that you have enough money to support yourself. It is common to provide VFS with:

    • 3 months of bank statements

    • 3 months of investment account statements

    • 3 months of retirement account statements

    • 3 months of pay stubs

  • Signed Work Contract: Make sure that the name on your contract matches your passport exactly.

Not required, but recommended:

  • Marriage License: If you are applying for the visa as a married couple. It is common to submit a notarized copy or apostilled copy of your marriage license.

  • Flight Information: Provide your flight information

Estimated Upfront cost of the Digital Nomad visa

  • Application Fee: $77.75

  • VFS Service Fee: $39.39

  • Courier Fee: $35

  • Travel Insurance: Varies

  • Notarize documents: $32

  • FBI Background Check: $68

  • Passport Photos: $32

  • PT Bank Account and NIF: 470 Euros

  • Secure accommodation: Varies

  • Flight: Varies

During this process you will need to convert funds from USD to Euros. Wise is a great option because they charge minimal conversion and transaction fees.

Additional Resources

I hope this article helps you as you navigate applying for Portugal's Digital Nomad Visa! To follow my expat journey follow me on IG and Tik Tok.

The information provided is to the best of my knowledge.


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