For many years now that Portugal has implemented friendly immigration policies, granting residency rights to Non-Eu/ EEA/Swiss citizens who wish to study, work, trade, invest or enjoy retirement in Portugal.
On this topic, one option for Non-Eu/ EEA/Swiss citizens who wish to relocate into Portugal is to show sufficient and regular net passive income (pension, rental, interest, dividend or intellectual property income). This way of residency is commonly referred to as
D7 Visa or
Passive Income Visa.
Unlike the other ways of residency referred above, this is the only option in which the Applicant does not have to create, beforehand and within Portugal, the necessary conditions for the residency permit to be granted – it does not require a prior enrolment, employment, company incorporation or capital/property investment. The fact that the Applicant holds in his country regular passive income of a certain amount is sufficient to entitle him/her to residency in Portugal.
The application for this way of residency starts with an application at the Embassy/Consulate where the Applicant has residency, which will result in a residency visa. Under this visa, the Applicant will then have to come to Portugal to switch his/her visa for a Residency Permit, which will initially be granted for 2 years, with the possibility of renewal within the same passive income requirements.
Passive Income Visa offers the same social and professional benefits to its holders as the Portuguese citizens enjoy, such as family reunion, visa-free entry and circulation within the Schengen Area, free healthcare and education, the freedom to study and work in Portugal, protection in unemployment and applying for the Non-Habitual Resident tax benefits regime.
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