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"Exploring the Benefits and Requirements of the Portugal Job Seeker Visa"

Updated: May 7

The job seeker visa in Portugal is designed for individuals who wish to enter the country to search for employment. Here are some key points about this visa:

1. Purpose: The visa allows the holder to enter and remain in Portugal solely for the purpose of seeking employment.

2. Work Authorization: It authorizes the holder to engage in subordinate work activities during their stay in Portugal until the visa expires or until a residence permit is granted.

3. Duration: Initially granted for 120 days, the visa can be renewed for another 60 days. It allows for only one entry into Portugal.

4. Scheduling Services: Upon issuance of the visa, the applicant is given a date for scheduling with the competent services within the 120-day validity period. This scheduling is crucial for further processing of the residence permit.

5. Residence Permit Application: If the applicant formalizes an employment contract during the validity period of the visa, they have the right to apply for a residence permit. This permit is subject to fulfilling the general conditions outlined in Article 77 of the Law.

Overall, the job seeker visa provides an opportunity for individuals to explore employment opportunities in Portugal and potentially transition to a longer-term residence status if they secure employment.

If the maximum validity limit of the job seeker visa for looking for work in Portugal expires without the visa holder establishing an employment relationship or initiating the process of requesting a residence permit, they are required to leave the country.

In such cases, the individual can only reapply for a new visa for the same purpose one year after the expiration of the previous visa's validity. This means they would need to wait for a year before being eligible to apply for another job seeker visa to return to Portugal for the purpose of seeking employment.


  • Passport or other travel document, valid for 3 months after the estimated date of return. Photocopy of passport (biographical data); 

  • 2 Photos, even, passport type, recent and in good condition to identify the applicant (1 for this form);

  • Proof of regular status, if you are of a nationality other than that of the country where you are applying for a visa, valid for more than the date of expiry of the visa you are applying for;

  • Criminal record certificate, issued by the competent authority of the country of the applicant’s nationality or of the country where the applicant has resided for over a year (except for applicants under sixteen), with the Hague Apostille (If applicable) or legalised;

  • Valid travel insurance, covering necessary medical expenses, including urgent medical assistance and possible repatriation;

  • Copy of return transport title;

  • Proof of financial resources equivalent to at least the sum of three guaranteed monthly minimum salary.

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