We assist individuals and their families with Portuguese visa applications, from initial guidance at the start of the process, through to the preparation of documents ahead of meetings with Portuguese authorities.
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Applying for Portuguese visas
Portugal has been growing in popularity as a long-term option for expats, particularly with digital nomads and travelling entrepreneurs. There are a number of visas available to UK nationals, including the D7 Visa and Golden Visa.
We provide help to those wishing to apply for Portuguese visas, giving them the best possible chance of having their applications accepted.
Read on to find out more about the application process.
Portuguese visa routes
There are many Portuguese visa routes open to UK nationals. Here are two of the most popular:
The D7 Visa, introduced by the Portuguese government in 2007, is also known as the Retirement Visa or Passive Income Visa. It is mainly popular amongst digital nomads, entrepreneurs, and pensioners seeking a life on the continent.
The Portuguese Golden Visa is suited to high-net-worth (HNW) individuals who have capital to invest in Portugal. The route can be used to acquire full residency rights in Portugal.
To satisfy Portuguese authorities that you are eligible for a particular visa, you may be required to provide them with a number of different documents. These may include:
Número de Identificação Fiscal (NIF) is an individual tax identification number in Portugal. It is also known as the Contribution Number (Número de Contribuinte). The nine-digit number is issued by Portuguese tax authorities. We assist individuals in applying for their NIF numbers.
You may be asked to set up a bank account with a Portuguese bank before your application is accepted – particularly for the Golden Visa, due to the investment requirements of the route. We assist applicants in setting up foreign bank accounts, including in Portugal.
‘True copies’ of documents are those that have been witnessed by an authorised official – such as a Notary Public. You may need to have true copies taken if you are asked to send your passport or birth certificate to Portugal – perhaps to set up a bank account. Instead of posting your original documents, true copies can be sent in lieu of those with reduced risk of loss or damage.
If you intend to apply for a visa which would allow you to work in Portugal, it is advisable that you get your degree (and other important qualifications) authenticates. This provides Portuguese authorities that your degree certificate is genuine. Find out more about degree authentication, here.
How we can help
We are experts in the preparation of documents in the support of visa applications. We are here to help you prepare for consular meetings with Portuguese officials. With our guidance, you have the best possible chance of having your visa application accepted. Get in touch to discuss the options with a member of our team.
Key services you may need
A Notary Public is authorised to certify documents for use in foreign jurisdictions, including Portugal. The process requires you to meet with a Notary Public. They will sign and seal your documents, certifying them as genuine. Find out more.
Legalisation is a process whereby the signature and seal of an authorised official (including those of a Notary Public) is checked by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). The FCDO confirms that the signee is an authorised official and will then issue the document with an apostille. An apostille is a certificate, authenticating that it can be accepted by foreign authorities. Find out more about our legalisation services, here.
Easy and convenient notary services
We have offices across England, ensuring that our notary services can be accessed conveniently at a location near you.
We also provide both Standard and Premium legalisation services, depending on your timescales.
With are experts in the preparation of documents for use overseas. Get in touch to discuss your needs with a member of our team.
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