October 27, 2023

Portugal D2 Visa – Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is a Portugal D2 visa?

Independent contractors, business owners, and freelancers can live in Portugal with a D2 visa. In order to attract foreign capital and investments and expand the Portuguese economy, the Portuguese government introduced this visa. This visa is only available to non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who want to launch a new business in Portugal or move an existing one there.


  • How long does it take to get a D2 visa to Portugal?

If everything is in order, your D2 Visa should be issued within 60 days.


  • Who can obtain a Portuguese D2 visa?

The Portuguese D2 Visa, also known as a resident long-term visa, is intended for new business startups, independent professionals, immigrant entrepreneurs, business owners, shareholders, partners, and the board of directors.


  • Can my family and I apply together?

No, a family application is considered under family reunification, a completely another category of visa, and is only available once the D2 visa holder has a successful residency card. The D2 visa is primarily for business owners or partner shareholders.


  • Do I need to make an investment in Portugal before I apply for a D2 visa at the Portuguese consulate?

No, you are not required to invest in Portugal before being granted a visa, but it is crucial that you show the embassy your investment strategy and budget.


  • Is it necessary to establish a business in Portugal in order to apply for or receive a D2 visa?

If you have independent professional skills like those of a doctor, plumber, or IT specialist, it is not required. Credibility and credentials for carpenters, technicians, or other independent contractors, together with significant expertise in your independent activities can apply for a D-2 visa without setting up a corporation.


  • Is it possible for someone with a D2 visa to work in other Schengen or European nations?

You have unrestricted business movement in the Schengen area after acquiring a D2 visa or residency card from Portugal for a maximum of 90 days with a single tax scheme.


  • What is the minimum stay requirement within Portuguese territory after acquiring a D2 / Portuguese resident card?

The individual must stay in Portugal for 6 months in a row or 8 months in a row. Before departing Portuguese territory, a person must notify SEF.


  • What can I do if the Portuguese embassy refuses my D-2 visa?

You have the right to appeal/review your application, subject to the justification for the refusal.


Do you want to move to Portugal?

Pelican Migration Consultants can help you plan and manage your immigration to Portugal. We provide one-on-one professional guidance to ensure that you present yourself to the Portugal Immigration Department in the best possible light. Each of our cases is handled by an experienced and competent immigration consultant. Our professionals are qualified and well-versed in the Portuguese immigration process.

We also assist our clients with the parts of their immigration applications that require completion, as well as the required documents, by ensuring that the papers are checked. Furthermore, we work hard from the beginning to assist our clients with all aspects of Portuguese immigration.