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Convert Student Visa to Working Visa in Portugal

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"It would help to understand what the process was and to be informed more along the way . I do understand I was not the only client and covid made things a little more difficult, but being in another country you have a feeling of not been kept informed and you feel lost especially when it's dealing with a death ."

Maureen Home (Aug 10, 2021)
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Service Details

Convert Student Visa to Working Visa

Available in the following locations: Castelo Branco, Lisbon, Portimão, Porto, Viseu.

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.


1Who is this Service for?

A popular option for those who wish to remain in Portugal when their student visa has expired is to make an application to convert their student visa to a visa that enables them to reside and work here.

You must have an offer of employment and make the application within 30 days of the expiry of the term of your student visa. Once the work visa has been approved, you may apply for a residency visa.

An interesting alternative, for those who have completed a high level of studies (Masters/PHD level) would be to apply for a one-year visa to search for employment.

You will need medical insurance and proof of your ability to support yourself economically for the duration of the visa.

While you are not permitted to work with this type of visa, upon finding suitable work, you may convert the visa to a residency and work visa (as mentioned above).

2What does this service consist of?

  • An initial discussion with lawyers highly experienced in making successful applications for conversions of student visas to residency/work visas
  • Assistance and advice on the documentation required and completing and submitting the forms before stipulated deadlines to ensure the application is approved
  • Advice and assistance with applications on behalf of the worker’s spouse and family (if required)
  • Assistance with the application for residency and obtaining foreign residency cards
Support services

3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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