How to Get Portuguese Residency: Everything You Need to Know | Movingto

As we mentioned in the previous chapter, there’s a very significant difference between obtaining and carrying a visa in Portugal and obtaining and carrying a residence permit. While you don’t need a visa to enter the country and visit for a while, a residence visa is required if you plan to live, work, or attend an educational institution within the country for an extended period of time.

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Roughly how long does it take to get residency in Portugal? Also, once I get residency, do I automatically get tax residency in Portugal?

Before applying for a permit you first need a residency visa which allows you to enter Portugal for the purpose of gaining a residency permit. The residency visa is valid for four months and it allows for double entry. The processing time for a residency visa is 60 days.

You can receive permanent Portugal residency once you’ve lived in country for five years with a temporary residence permit. To become a permanent resident of Portugal, you need to have a long-stay visa and fulfil minimum stay requirements.

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