89.2 / 88.2 from Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

For self-empolyed
Staff worker
~$300 costs
~2-3 years

๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿ”ฌHow 89.2/ 88.2 visa works?

Portugal makes it possible to get a residence permit simply by entering the country as a tourist with Schengen visa. This is legalisation under 89.2 and 88.2 within the country.

The easiest, most tried and tested, but the longest way. The requirements are very similar to D2 visa. But there is a meaningful disadvantage - you will be in the country for about 2-3 years without leaving. If you leave, the process is nullified.

We think you agree that Portugal is not the worst option for such "no-exit" staying. At the same time, your family members can live with you in Portugal, and then also receive a residence permit for reunion of the family.

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How can I get an 88.2 or 89.2 residence permit in Portugal?
30 days
Documents for a residence permit under Article 88.2
30 days
Receive the residence card
30 days


How long does it take from the moment you fill out the form and submit it to obtaining a residence permit?

๐Ÿ‘‰ 2-6 months, depending on how quickly IAPMEI responds.

Top tips/leafhacks

๐Ÿ‘‰ Show your project's scalability and willingness to grow in the European and global market
๐Ÿ‘‰ Show that you will open jobs for Portuguese people
๐Ÿ‘‰ Show that your project is innovative. You are unlikely to get an OK from IAPMEI for a cafe or beauty salon project.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Add your wife/husband as cofounder, so you don't have to bother with reunification ๐Ÿ˜Š

Is it possible to fly to Portugal and get a startup visa on the spot?
Or do I have to apply for it in my own country?

Yes. You can fly to Portugal and get a visa inside the country - most applicants do that. But it is better to get your idea approved by IAPMEI before you arrive.

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