D2 Visa and Residence Permit for Entrepreneurs in Portugal

Since 1992, Feod Group has been providing comprehensive legal support and corporate services in Portugal, with Portuguese lawyers on our team.

Whether you want to start your own business or expand an existing one, Portugal offers unique opportunities not only to fulfill your entrepreneurial ambitions but also to obtain long-term immigration status.

Portugal’s D2 Visa, also known as the Entrepreneur Visa, is designed for foreigners who wish to start a business or have already invested in a business in Portugal.

 

Who Can Apply for a D2 Visa?

 

The D2 Visa program is open to various categories of entrepreneurs:

1. Entrepreneurs who wish to start a new business in Portugal.

2. Entrepreneurs who already have a business in their country of origin and would like to open a branch in Portugal.

3. Self-employed individuals – independent professionals who want to work in Portugal and already have a work contract or a written job offer. Freelancers and digital nomads can also apply if they can prove they offer differentiated services relevant to the country.

 

Key Requirements for the Program

 

To successfully obtain a D2 visa, applicants must meet the following key criteria:

✅Company Formation: Proof that you have established a company operating in Portugal or that you are registered as an independent professional.

Read also: How to register a company in Portugal and Madeira. International Business Centre of Madeira.

✅Business Plan: A detailed business plan is required, demonstrating the potential of your enterprise. This plan will be evaluated in terms of financial stability and potential impact on the economy, technological advancement, cultural enrichment, and scientific achievements.

✅Share Capital: For a new company, you must confirm the capital that ensures the company can operate even if it does not generate profit. For small companies, an average capital of 5000 euros is required.

✅Personal Financial Means: Proof that you have the financial resources to live in the country for the first year, independent of your business income. As the primary applicant, you must have 100% of the minimum annual wage, which is about 9,870 euros. An additional 50% of this amount is required for a spouse and 30% for each child.

✅Work Contracts: For self-employed professionals, a written contract or offer to provide services is necessary.

✅Accommodation: Proof that you have a place to live in Portugal, whether through renting or purchasing property.

 

Advantages of the D2 Program

 

✓ The right to live and work in Portugal.

✓ As a resident of Portugal, you and your family will have access to the public healthcare system, and your children will have access to the public education system.

✓ The opportunity for family reunification in Portugal.

✓ The ability to benefit from Portugal’s special NHR (Non-Habitual Resident) tax regime, which can significantly reduce your tax liabilities. *Learn more »»

✓ After 5 years of residence, you can apply for Portuguese citizenship.

 

How Feod Group Can Help You

 

Our team of experts and Portuguese lawyers is ready to assist you at every stage, from gathering documents for company registration to obtaining resident cards for Portugal.

🔹 We provide consultations on taxes and tax optimization, and compare tax conditions across different EU jurisdictions.

🔹 Assistance in opening corporate and personal bank accounts.

🔹 We offer corporate services for company registration, selecting the optimal legal structure.

🔹 Our experts will help you obtain the necessary immigration statuses for your entire family.

 

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FAQ
How to Apply for a D2 Visa?

You can apply for the D2 visa at the Portuguese consulate or embassy in your country of residence.

After receiving the D2 visa, you can apply for a residence permit in Portugal, which will allow you to live and work in the country.

To do this, you will need to travel to Portugal and schedule an appointment with the local immigration office. During this appointment, you will submit your official application for resident status (residence permit) and provide the necessary biometric data. After processing, you will receive a plastic residence card.

Alternatively, you can apply for the D2 visa and residence permit directly in Portugal, without needing a preliminary special residence visa from the consulate or embassy.

How to Extend the D2 Visa?

Residence permit issued based on D2 visa can be renewed every 2 years, provided the applicant demonstrates continuity in their professional activity. After 5 years of lawful residence, you can apply for Portuguese citizenship.

 

What documents are required for submission?

Key documents required when applying for a D2 visa:

  • Personal documents (passport, photographs, marriage certificates, police clearance certificate, medical insurance, etc.)
  • Documentary proof of accommodation in Portugal (property ownership document or lease agreement).
  • Documentary proof of sufficient funds to support the applicant’s stay in Portugal (e.g., bank statements, financial declarations).
  • For self-employed professionals: copies of contracts, proof of professional qualifications.
  • For entrepreneurs: business plan, documents confirming company registration in Portugal.

Article author

Anastasia Taran Head of Corporate Services
Ukraine
In 2013, she graduated in law from the National University «Odessa Law Academy» with honors and received a Master of Law degree. Anastasia Taran has experience in international and contract law, as well as corporate and tax law in Europe. Within the framework of Feod Group, she specializes i...
In 2013, she graduated in law from the National University «Odessa Law Academy» with honors and received a Master of Law degree. Anastasia Taran has experience in international and contract law, as well as corporate and tax law in Europe. Within the framework of Feod Group, she specializes in immigration and corporate law of European countries, particularly:
  • family and corporate immigration solutions.
  • establishing a business in Europe.
  • personal and corporate taxation in Europe.
  • opening accounts in European banks.
  • obtaining a tax resident status.
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