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Portugal D1 Visa (Work Permit)

The Portugal D1 Visa (Work Permit)

The Portugal D1 Visa, also known as the Work Permit, is designed for foreign individuals who wish to work in Portugal. It allows non-EU/EEA nationals to legally work and reside in the country for a specific job or employment opportunity.

How it works

D1 Visa (Work Permit) Application Essentials



  • Legal authorization to work and reside in Portugal
  • Access to the Portuguese job market and employment opportunities
  • Possibility to apply for residency and, eventually, citizenship
  • Opportunity to experience the Portuguese culture, lifestyle, and language



  • Valid passport with a minimum validity of six months
  • Proof of employment offer or contract from a Portuguese employer
  • Academic qualifications or professional experience relevant to the job
  • Proof of financial stability to support yourself during your stay
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Clean criminal record



The cost of the Portugal D1 Visa can vary depending on several factors, including nationality, embassy fees, document authentication, and any additional services required. It is advisable to consult the official website of the Portuguese embassy or consulate in your home country for the most accurate and up-to-date information.



  • Secure a job offer or employment contract from a Portuguese employer.
  • Gather all the required documents, including the completed visa application form.
  • Submit the application to the nearest Portuguese embassy or consulate in your home country.
  • Attend an interview, if required.
  • Pay the applicable visa fees.


How to apply

  • Complete the visa application form accurately and truthfully.
  • Gather all the required supporting documents, including proof of employment, qualifications, financial stability, health insurance, and a clean criminal record.
  • Schedule an appointment at the Portuguese embassy or consulate to submit your application and attend any required interviews.
  • Pay the visa fees and any additional service fees, if applicable.


Can I change employers while holding a Portugal D1 Visa?

  • Yes, it is possible to change employers, but you will need to apply for a new work permit through the proper channels.

Can my family join me on a Portugal D1 Visa?

  • Yes, your spouse and dependent children may be eligible to accompany you and obtain dependent visas.

How long does it take to process a Portugal D1 Visa?

  • The processing time can vary, but it typically takes several weeks to a few months.

Do I need to speak Portuguese to obtain a Portugal D1 Visa?

  • It depends on the nature of your job and employer requirements. Proficiency in Portuguese is often preferred but not always mandatory.

Can I apply for permanent residency or citizenship with a Portugal D2 Visa?

  • Yes, the Portugal D2 Visa can eventually lead to permanent residency and, after a specified period, eligibility for Portuguese citizenship.

Can I apply for Portuguese citizenship with a Portugal D1 Visa?

  • Citizenship eligibility is separate from the work permit. Holding a D1 Visa can contribute to your eligibility for citizenship in the future.

Are there any age restrictions for the Portugal D1 Visa?

  • There are generally no specific age restrictions, but you must meet the qualifications and requirements set by the Portuguese authorities.

Can I extend my Portugal D1 Visa?

  • It is possible to extend a D1 Visa, but the process and requirements may vary. Consult with the Portuguese immigration authorities for more information.

Accordion TitleCan I work part-time with a Portugal D1 Visa?

  • The conditions of your work permit will determine if you are allowed to work part-time. Some permits may be limited to specific employers or full-time employment.

Can I apply for a Portugal D1 Visa from within Portugal?

  • The conditions of your work permit will determine if you are allowed to work part-time. Some permits may be limited to specific employers or full-time employment.

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