Do you want to emigrate to Europe, but continue working in the company of your country of origin?

The new phenomena that the digital age and the ease of travel has created is the digital nomad.  These types of people have the possibility of emigrate to Europe without the need to abandon their current jobs.

Digital nomads are independent and dynamic workers who choose to embrace a location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle that allows them to travel and work remotely, anywhere in the world. These people use telecommunications technology to earn a living and live their lives moving from country to country as they please. The population of digital nomads has greatly increased since the worldwide pandemic and there are now many entrenched communities of digital nomad and remote workers all over the world.

The most common types of digital nomads are self-employed and independently wealthy remote workers or entrepreneurs, many of whom are in the creative professions, information technology and marketing.  Evolving technology, companies that are more comfortable with a distributed and remote workforce, and an expanding number of specialized services and products have made this peripatetic lifestyle possible.

However, at some point, these digital nomads might decide that they would like to settle down in a specific place and still keep their jobs in their countries of origin or elsewhere.  Only about twenty countries in the world – in Asia, the Caribbean, and Europe – offer a digital nomad visa.  This visa allows individuals to legally live and work in another country while still employed by a company in the country of origin or elsewhere.

Emigrate to Europe with the Portugal digital nomad visa and residency visa

The Portugal digital nomad visa or Temporary Stay Visa is valid for one year and can be renewed twice each time for an additional two years. The applicants will have to show that they earn a minimum of €635 per month and able to afford the cost of living, accommodation and other needs while living in Portugal.  It allows for multiple entries for the duration of its validity.

For those who would like to stay in Portugal for more than a year, then there is the Residency Visa which is valid for four months and allows only two entries during this time. During this time, the applicant must apply for a residency permit which is valid for two years. There are two types of Residency Visa in Portugal.

Portugal D2 Visa or Portugal Migrant Entrepreneur or Independent Worker Visa

The Portugal D2 Visa is for those who want to set up a business presence or carry out business activities in Portugal. This is perfect for digital nomads who are entrepreneurs and want to use Portugal as a base country. An independent worker can qualify for this visa as long he can show a contract of his proof of services.

Portugal D7 Visa or Portugal Passive Income Visa or Non-lucrative Visa

The Portugal D7 Visa is for those who want to live in Portugal without having a business presence or having to make an investment but still want to work independently. The applicant must show a source of passive income of at least €7,200 per year and provide bank statements for the past six months as proof of this passive income. Passive income are funds that come from, for example, investment funds, rental income, shares or dividends, or royalties from their country of origin or elsewhere.