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D3 Portugal Visa

The D3 Portugal Visa is the ideal visa for non-EU highly skilled professionals who will be working in Portugal. This long-term visa allows the holder to request a Blue Card or residence permit, which gives the right to live and work in the country for 1 year.

Upscale your career in the Portuguese haven for highly skilled individuals by
requesting the D3 Visa: 

  • The permit can be renowned for a 2 years visa, every 2 years. 
  • It is a path to Portuguese nationality.
  • Possibility of family reunification.
  • Freedom of travel around the Schengen area. 

Access a successful future with the Highly Skilled Migrant Visa

What are the benefits included in Portugal’s Highly Skilled Migrant Visa?

  • Clear criteria. As long as the position and the worker fit the specifications, we will be able to deal with your application quickly and simply – contact our team who will assess your eligibility right away.
  • Long duration. After the Blue Card or residence permit is granted, successful applicants will be given an initial 1 year permit, which then can be renowned for a 2-year permit, every 2 years.  
  • All the benefits of Portuguese residency, including rights to public services, and freedom to travel around the whole Schengen area.
  • One of the fastest permits to process. Given its importance, D3 Visas are processed in 60 days. Once you have it, you can obtain a Portuguese Residence Permit within 4 months.
  • Eligibility for Portugal’s Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) tax regime.
  • Family reunification. Portugal’s Highly Skilled Migrant Visa allows for your immediate family members to come with you and enjoy the same rights. 
  • A path to Portuguese citizenship. After 5 continuous residency years, you can apply for permanent residency. This is the first step toward obtaining Portuguese citizenship. 

Who can apply for the D3 Visa?

  • All highly qualified professionals are eligible for this visa. According to Portuguese authorities, a highly qualified professional is an individual whose work requires specialized technical skills or an adequate qualification for the respective exercise.
  • Some examples of highly skilled workers include: Information and communication professionals, management positions such as Directors and Chiefs, Researchers, Professors, and PhD students, individuals in the STEM sector, and Legal, Social and Cultural Professionals with expertise.
  • In order to qualify for the D3 Visa, you must provide evidence that your expected annual salary is at least 1.5 times the national average gross annual salary or 3 times the Index of Social Support (IAS), which will be 1,329.60€.
  • The professional must also have an employment contract or a promise of employment valid for at least 1 year.  


Request the guidance of our immigration lawyers in Lisbon

Looking to maximize your opportunities and wish to be hired in Portugal? Or perhaps you’re getting ready to bring in an employee from a foreign country?

Whichever is your current situation, we at Carbray are experts on visas, family support and compliance, no matter how big or small are your needs.

Mastering all the legal obligations while focusing on scaling your career or business can be difficult if done on your own. Our team of immigration lawyers in Lisbon, will provide you with valuable guidance and assistance throughout your application process, so your chances of success in obtaining the visa are maximized.

We have created a smooth, speedy and stress-free path for companies and individuals for more than a decade. You can rest assured that we’ll support all your legal needs, so you can focus on leveraging your opportunities in Portugal.

Our next success story is yours.

Process with CARBRAY

Having guided applicants and companies to successfully obtain work and residence permits, our lawyers have all the contacts and know-how to make the process smooth and speedy.

Avoid unnecessary delays and time wasted due to bureaucratic details. 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.

  • Support you with a full breakdown of every requirement. Our immigration attorneys will support you with a checklist of every document 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 residence. Once you’re given your visa, you will have a set biometrics appointment in Portugal to get your residence permit from the SEF.

  • Keep you on track with timing so that you never miss a deadline.

  • Cover all your legal solutions. Including translation of your documents, registration with the local authorities, and collection of your official residency card. Further on, we can deal with visa renewals, permanent residency and citizenship.

What are the D3 Portugal Visa requirements?

To apply for a D3 Portugal Visa, you will need to provide the following documents: 

  • Must be a non-EU citizen. The applicant cannot be from the EEA or Switzerland, neither can it be a relative of a citizen from these countries. 
  • Work & skills documentation. Job contract, role description, CV, Masters or Phd certificate.
  • Necessary documentation. A passport that is valid for an additional 3 months beyond the duration of your intended stay, visa application form, criminal record check, travel reservation, private healthcare, passport photos, etc. 
  • Housing in Portugal. You are required to secure adequate accommodation before you travel to Portugal.
  • Evidence of sufficient financial resources to support yourself during your stay. Contact us to learn more about this criteria. 
  • More documentation required depending on the job you will be fulfilling. Teachers, researchers, cultural professionals, and regulated professions will need to hand in more documentation. Contact us for more details on this.
  • After submitting your application, the Portuguese Consulate will have 60 days to process it.  

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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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