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Job Seeker Visa Portugal

The Job Seeker Visa Portugal is a great option for non-EU citizens who want to live and work in Portugal. This visa simplifies the immigration process and allows individuals to enter and remain in Portugal for up to 120 days, while they search for employment.


  • It later grants the right to apply for a residence permit once a job has been secured.
  • You may request family reunification once a residence permit has been obtained.
  • You will have the opportunity to live and work in one of the most beautiful and culturally rich countries in Europe.

Access a successful future with the Portugal Job Seeker Visa

How does the Portugal Job Seeker Visa work?

  • Are you ready to take the next step in your career and experience life in one of the most beautiful and culturally rich countries in Europe? Look no further than the new Portugal Job Seeker Visa.
  • This visa allows you to gain access to Portugal for up to 6 months while you search for your dream job. Whether you’re looking to start a new career or take your current one to the next level, this visa is the perfect opportunity for you to experience the Portuguese lifestyle.
  • The visa process has been streamlined to make it as simple and easy as possible. The visa will be issued at the Portuguese consulate abroad, giving you the flexibility to begin your job search from anywhere in the world. It has an initial validity of 120 days which can be further extended up to 60 more days, for a total of 180 days, once you are able to secure a valid employment agreement.

The Portuguese Job Seeker Visa grants several benefits:

  • Individuals who are approved for the Portuguese Job Seeker Visa can start working as soon as they find a job and will be allowed to apply for the residency permit once a formal employment contract has been signed.


    • You will have the possibility of bringing your family with you under family reunification once a residence permit has been obtained.
    • You will have the opportunity to live and work in one of the most beautiful and culturally rich countries in Europe.


       Considerations on the 60 days extension:

      • The Portugal Job Seeker Visa offers the opportunity for a 60-day extension, allowing you to maximize your chances of finding employment. To request it, you must present proof of registration with the IEFP, I.P., along with a declaration indicating that the conditions of the planned stay are maintained.

      • Employment agreement must be established during the first 120 days, but no contract needs to be signed.

      • Failure to find employment or begin the process of requesting a residence permit by the end of the maximum visa validity period will result in the visa holder having to leave the country.

      Fast-track your move to Portugal with the help of our Immigration Lawyers in Lisbon

      At Carbray we know that your immigration process is not just about the paperwork. It means unlocking exciting opportunities and access to a better lifestyle.

      With the Portuguese consulates and embassies occasionally applying the law differently, it’s in your best interest if you let an experienced immigration lawyer handle your process.

      Our team of Immigration Lawyers in Portugal have been creating a smooth, speedy and stress-free path for our clients. We’ll guide you through the whole process, so you can take this important step in your life confident that every detail has been taken care of by an expert.

      Our next success story is yours.


      Process with CARBRAY

      As a newcomer, handling the process for the Job Seeking Visa in Portugal can be difficult. But our lawyers have all the contacts and know-how to make the procedure completely stress-free for you.

      Obtain an EU residency for you with our help. Our team will:


      • Be your eyes and ears on the ground in Portugal. We will provide you with all of the advice and local knowledge you need.
      • Provide you with a full breakdown of every document you need. Our immigration attorneys will support you with a checklist of every and the requirements in terms of formats, translations etc.
      • Get you to the right appointment at the right office with less waiting time. The initial application must be made in person at the Portuguese Consulate or Embassy in your country of origin or residence. We will coordinate everything for you.
      • Keep you on track with timing so that you never miss a deadline.
      • Cover all your legal solutions. Including registering with the local authorities and collecting your official residency card once you’re allowed to apply for it. Further on, we can deal with visa renewals, and eventually permanent residency and citizenship. Let us know your situation and we will handle everything on your behalf.

      What are the Portuguese Job Seeking Visa requirements?

      The requirements for the Portugal Job Seeker Visa are very straightforward:

      • Necessary documentation: Visa application, criminal record checks, private healthcare, roundtrip flight reservation, passport photos, etc.

      • Proof that you can sustain yourself by demonstrating at least the sum of 3 guaranteed monthly minimum salary. This requirement can be waived if a Portuguese citizen or a foreign citizen, with a legal residence authorization in Portugal, guarantees food and accommodation for you. Ask us for more information on this.

      • Individuals must not have any existing entry bans to any EU country in order to be eligible for the Job Seeker Visa.

      • Conditions on the job search: Applicants are only allowed to search for job opportunities in Portugal and not for jobs in other Schengen countries.

      • Successful applicants will only be able to enter Portuguese territory once, so it will not be possible to travel abroad during the 180-day time period.

      • An extension will be granted if an individual is unable to sign an employment contract within the initial timeframe. If no employment agreement has been established within the first 120 days, the individual must leave the country. And, a new Job Seeker visa application can be submitted after a period of one year from the expiration of the previous visa’s validity.

      • The employment contract has to be formalised throughout the 120-day period in order to request the residency. To do so, you must fulfil the general conditions for granting a temporary residence permit.


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      Sara NiegoSara Niego
      17:18 31 Jul 22
      We have received an exceptional help and advise on purchasing a property in southern Spain from Sandra and Julia. The entire process can be quite complicated however the Carbray personnel made it easy and smooth. We would recommend their services to our friends and family.
      S. ParkS. Park
      12:56 25 May 22
      I have over 20+ years of experience working with various kinds of lawyers in New York, Boston, Zurich, Barcelona and Tokyo. Evelyn Romero was hands down the best immigration attorney! Evelyn is extremely knowledgeable and proactive with impeccable attention to detail, responsive and personable communication, and a kind and professional approach. I’m very happy I found her and I highly recommend Evelyn Romero to anyone looking for a highly skilled, no hassle immigration attorney.
      Nick AmadoNick Amado
      09:41 17 May 22
      I have been working with Carbray for several years, since they assisted with the initial visa application for my life in Spain. All of the attorneys that have worked with me for the last four years have been professional, forthright and prompt in their replies. If you are looking for knowledgeable and professional people to help guide you through the daunting process of dealing with a new government to process your immigration, I can recommend Carbray International with the highest degree of confidence!
      Kim BingleyKim Bingley
      09:57 13 May 22
      We cannot thank Carbray enough for all their help and support throughout our NLV process. Magdalena and her team have been so amazing and so helpful and we couldn't have done this without them. They reply to every phone call and email instantly and are always there to help through what can be quite a stressful process at times. I would recommend Carbray to anyone thinking about starting to apply for their Spanish visa!!
      Anne-Laure GoryAnne-Laure Gory
      11:57 02 May 22
      Laia Fernandez has done an outstanding job with my divorce case and I can not thank you enough for that. She was able to explain to me all the steps very clearly and was very proactive. She really made it simple & transparent. The fact that she is bilingual (English/Spanish) also helped a lot !Thank you once again Laia for everything !
      helen mayallhelen mayall
      11:41 02 May 22
      We used Carbray International Law Firm to obtain NLV Visas for Spain. I’m so glad we did! We were allocated our own Lawyer Magdalena Barrueto, and she was always at hand to guide us through the process and answer any of our questions or concerns.I would recommend this Law firm without hesitation.Excellent service, no messing and timely. I would definitely use again.
      08:41 14 Feb 22
      We applied for a 1 year non-lucrative visa, the visa team led by Magdalena Barrueto provided a first-class exceptional service to us. The process of applying for the visa is long and complex, however with the professionalism, expertise, guidance and support of the team we successfully received our visas. The team led us through the process in a clear and concise way, providing important support with the translation of documents. We cannot recommend Carbray highly enough.
      Gregory RodriguezGregory Rodriguez
      19:05 23 Jan 22
      Dealing with the bureaucracy in Spain can be intimidating for newcomers. It’s also confusing! This is particularly true when applying for residency. Carbray International did an excellent job shepherding my wife and me through the process. We’re very pleased with their work and recommend their services in the highest possible terms.
      Dan SDan S
      12:53 05 Jan 22
      They held our hands through out the whole process of becoming a citizen of Spain. Amazing service. Thank you so much for all your help
      Sachin ShahSachin Shah
      13:39 05 Nov 21
      Carbray International Law Firm was an absolute god send. I am so delighted with the outcome of my case. My lawyer, Magdalena was very efficient, was able to communicate and be very knowledgeable about the subject matter at hand. Furthermore, Michelle who assisted me on the day was very charismatic and friend to calm my nerves. Both of them made my application process extremely easy. I would not hesitate to recommend Carbray.

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