Startup Visa Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

For startups
For teams
~$800 costs
~3-6 months

How startup visa works

A startup visa 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.

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In the country of citizenship, residence or inside Portugal
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โ‚ฌ600 for certifications, translations and apostilles
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Guide and tips

Fill out the Startup Portugal form
30 days
Choose an incubator and get a contract with them
Get IAPMEI approval
1-4 months
$100 or free
Make an appointment to apply for a residence permit
1-4 weeks online
1 day offline and free
Apply for a residence permit in the SEF and wait for the card


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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