[Updated] Portugal: Remote Work Visa Plans Announced

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

This article was originally published on 23 September 2022 and was updated on 6 October 2022 to reflect new information.  

6 October 2022 Update: The government of Portugal will implement new changes to the Law on Foreign Nationals on 30 October 2022. Under these changes, the government will introduce the following document requirements for temporary stay visas and residence permits for digital nomads: 

  • Document certifying tax residence  
  • Average monthly income over the last three months (must be at least the equivalent of four times the national minimum wage) 
  • Work contract 
  • Promise of an employment contract 
  • Statement from the employer proving the employment relationship between the employee and the employer  

In cases of independent activity, the request must also be accompanied by the following documents: 

  • Documents proving tax residence  
  • A company contract  
  • A contract or proposal of service contract 
  • Proof of services rendered to one or more entities  

Key Points   

  • The government of Portugal introduced plans for a short-term remote work visa option for foreign nationals employed by a company based outside of the country   


The government of Portugal introduced plans for a new digital nomad visa on 26 August 2022. Under the new bill, foreign nationals will be able to apply for an employment-based visa in order to perform remote work or for self-employment purposes. The visa is expected to permit a maximum period of up to one year.  

What are the Changes?    

On 26 August 2022, the Portuguese government released plans to introduce a new digital nomad visa. The visa would allow foreign nationals who are employed outside of the country to legally reside in Portugal for a period of up to one year.  

Looking Ahead    

The government is expected to release additional information on eligibility requirements and the application process in the coming months. Continue to check the government of Portugal's website and Envoy's website for the latest updates and information.    

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