English-Speaking D2 Work & Entrepreneur Visa in Portugal

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Service Details

D2 Work & Entrepreneur Visa

This service is available across Portugal

Who Is This Service For? 

Unlike similar schemes in other EU Countries, the Entrepeneur’s business start-up visa (D2) is accessible to most.

There is no minimum amount of investment specified nor is there a restriction on the type of business that may be set-up – it could be a shop, bar or restaurant. That said, your business plan will need to be approved before the visa may be issued.

Indeed, if you have an existing business, you may set-up a branch or move the entire business to Portugal.

Typical options would be a limited company or self-employment. This, of course, would mean becoming subject to Portugal’s corporation and income tax environment.

The visa is issued for an initial period of 1-year, renewable for 2-year periods.

Procedure

If you travel to Portugal on a tourist visa under the standard tourist visa for 90 days, you can get residence by working in Portugal.The employment options include:

  • You can be employed by a Portuguese company.
  • You can start s self-employed business
  • You can incorporate your own company and work as an employee for it.

If you have a job working remotely from other countries and still want to live in Portugal, then you can become self-employed in Portugal, providing services to the company that you formerly worked for and pay Portuguese taxes as a resident. 

Another potential option that could be interesting for those who don't wish to set-up a business but want to purchase a house in Portugal as an investment. You can create a company that manages an Airbnb in that house and be employed by the company as a manager of the business. As a result you would get the benefit of a property investment as well as an income as well as obtaining residency!

In all this options, depending on the work that you do, you can benefit from NHR statute, witch means that you can pay less taxes in Portugal than other countries.

 

What Does This Service Consist Of? 

  • An initial discussion with lawyers highly experienced in making successful applications for residency visas based on an innovative business start-up
  • A business plan or application for a D2 visa is prepared, and all other documents required for a successful application are assembled under the guidance of your lawyer
  • Assistance and advice on the documentation required and completing the to ensure the application(s) is/are approved
  • Assistance upon arrival with obtaining foreign residency cards
  • Advice and assistance on setting-up the business, registration with the Portuguese commercial registry, tax and social security agencies.
  • Employment law services to ensure that employee contracts and conditions are dealt with in a manner consistent with Portuguese health and safety and employment law
  • Ongoing tax, accounting and payroll services to help with the compliance aspects of your business are also available upon request

Free 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.

Why choose Advocate Abroad?

Our Lawyers

Barbara has spent her legal career specialising in assisting foreign clients who wish to relocate to Portugal. Accordingly she is an expert on all areas related to immigration, property matters as well as the tax implications for those who wish to simply emigrate to Portugal as well as those who wis... [read more]

Barbara has spent her legal career specialising in assisting foreign clients who wish to relocate to Portugal. Accordingly she is an expert on all areas related to immigration, property matters as well as the tax implications for those who wish to simply emigrate to Portugal as well as those who wish to set-up businesses here. Barbara is fully registered and regulated by the Portuguese Bar Association and speaks English fluently.

Diana is a lawyer whose areas of expertise encompass tax planning, company set-up, immigration and property matters. While Diana spent her early life in China, she is originally from Oporto, Portugal. She returned and graduated from the University of Coimbra. Diana has participated in various M&A tr... [read more]

Diana is a lawyer whose areas of expertise encompass tax planning, company set-up, immigration and property matters. While Diana spent her early life in China, she is originally from Oporto, Portugal. She returned and graduated from the University of Coimbra. Diana has participated in various M&A transactions, having gained a broad understanding in cross-border corporate matters. She works alongside UK, Portugal, France, Germany and many countries in Africa in cross-border contracts for fiscal optimisation.

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Elsa has been running a private legal practice since 2004, assisting both national and international clients in civil and business legal matters. In a... [read more]

Elsa has been running a private legal practice since 2004, assisting both national and international clients in civil and business legal matters. In addition to her primary law degree, Elsa later obtained a Master’s Degree at the University of Austin, in the United States, with a postgraduate doctorate in international trade as well as mediation, arbitration and negotiation.


Customer Reviews

Erika Samis Mar, 08 2023

Very kind, understanding, helpful, and responsive. I really appreciated Elsa's efforts on my case.

Peter Lewis May, 12 2023

Elsa provided excellent, friendly, and professional service in preparing documents for my fiancee and me. I would recommend her services! Thank you Elsa. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Pascale, Lisbon Jul, 31 2023

I had the pleasure to meet Elsa through Advocate Abroad. She helped me with the purchase of my condo in Lisbon.

Elsa was very efficient, kind and experimented. She reviewed all the property documents and attended the closing with me so she could explain the content of the deed that was, of course written in Portuguese. I would hire Elsa again for my next real estate transaction. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

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Laura is a registered lawyer with the Bar Association of Portugal. Coming from a family background of lawyers, Laura has learned quickly the value of ... [read more]

Laura is a registered lawyer with the Bar Association of Portugal. Coming from a family background of lawyers, Laura has learned quickly the value of in-depth knowledge and expertise in a restricted number of legal fields. She specialises in matters of property law, family law as well as criminal law and immigration matters.


Customer Reviews

Joseph Costa, U.S. Aug, 16 2021

Laura was great. Of course I was hesitant sending money overseas to someone I didn't know but after speaking to Laura I was at ease.

Laura always responded to my emails and when I informed her that I never received my paperwork in the mail, there were no questions and she sent out more paper special delivery which I received within a week.

If need be I would contact Laura to have work done and will advise any friends to do the same.

Clifton Fernandes, Lisbon Jan, 25 2021

One of the most responsive and helpful professionals. Very well versed with the laws. Absolutely most recommended.

Chris Greve, Lisbon Jan, 14 2021

Fast and helpful service.

Pedro Castro, London Oct, 01 2020

Great service and professionalism.

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Tiago has 10+ years of practice experience, having qualified in both Portuguese and Brazilian jurisdictions. He believes in the overarching importance... [read more]

Tiago has 10+ years of practice experience, having qualified in both Portuguese and Brazilian jurisdictions. He believes in the overarching importance of providing effective and creative solutions to business and individual clients alike.


Customer Reviews

Allan Le Roux Oct, 17 2022

We have acquired the services of Tiago to assist us with two matters, one Portuguese residency and the transfer of ownership of a property we purchase. In both matters we are delighted to give Tiago a top rating of 5 Stars, he was very helpful, very professional and very competent, completing both tasks with no issues.

We will definitely make use of him again. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Anthony Aarons Oct, 17 2022

My wife and I are in the process of moving to Portugal, and thank goodness we found Tiago. He has been simply amazing, going above and beyond what anyone could expect from a lawyer.

Not only is he diligent, a great communicator and a consummate professional who really knows the law, but he is also kind, considerate and just an all round lovely person.

Thanks so much, we couldn't have done it without you. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Roy Tharakan Sep, 05 2022

Our Lawyer, Tiago has been outstanding in guiding and leading us throughout the entire Visa process and legal support in buying the property.

He is responsive, committed, friendly and goes above and beyond to get things done. We are fortunate to have him as our lawyer and a good friend in Portugal. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Anthony Aarons Sep, 01 2022

My wife and I are in the process of moving to Portugal, and thank goodness we found Tiago. He has been simply amazing, going above and beyond what anyone could expect from a lawyer.

Not only is he diligent, a great communicator and a consummate professional who really knows the law, but he is also kind, considerate and just an all round lovely person.

Thanks so much, we couldn't have done it without you.

Franco Palm Coast Aug, 04 2022

Upon entering Portugal as a new resident, Tiago immediately responded to the transition pains outsiders must confront.

We have engaged him as our PA and document interpreter to get through language barriers. He sat in on our house closing to ensure we understood signing.

He makes you feel at ease. Next we do our living will with him. You can trust him to be your Advocate. Franco and MJ - Ovar [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Destiny Lee Jun, 27 2022

Tiago helped me with my property purchase in Porto. Impressed is understatement for his above and beyond service.

First of all, his English is perfect. He never took more than 20 minutes to reply me back on any messages (this is New York type of efficiency and thought I won’t see it anywhere else).

He was always 17 steps ahead, leaving me no room for questions. No pages unturned on any documents, working around the clock (I was often getting messages from him at 9 pm), translates/explains everything for you, and sooooooo personable. He takes care of you as if he’s helping his best friend moving in town. He truly cares! I didn’t even use buyer’s agent for this purchase (don’t worry. I KNEW it was a good deal so I had to snatch it away) but he made everything so seamless.

Later this year I will be applying for D7 visa and I know I will be in good hands with him helping me out. The price is unbeatable for the services he provides for you. He covers both property purchase and immigration services. Bureaucracy is not easy to navigate in Portugal, you’ll be glad to have his service just as I did. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Patricija Paula Gravele Apr, 01 2022

He is excellent at what he does, I really appreciated the opportunity of remote services. He gave answers to all my questions and helped to solve my problem.

Mike Lambuth Mar, 03 2022

My partner and I were interested in relocating to Portugal and we were lucky to find Advocate Abroad. We worked with Tiago and our experience was incredible.

He was attentive to our needs, knowledgeable and compassionate. He helped us the entire way through the process. I can't imagine going through the visa process without his assistance.

We would recommend Advocate Abroad to anyone applying for a visa in another country. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Gregory Elliott, Portugal Jan, 31 2022

My lawyer Tiago is a Godsend. Trustworthy, diligent, knowledgeable, punctual (when answering emails), persistent, and sincere are adjectives I would use to describe him.

I wholeheartedly recommend getting in touch with him if you need a legal representative in Portugal. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Zahid M, Portugal Jan, 31 2022

We live in UK , we were looking for an immigration lawyer in Portugal in order to apply for Portuguese Nationality for my Husband (Z Mahmood).
We found Advocate Abroad on google, sent message and requested Portuguese Nationality information.
Tiago replied to our message and gave us all necessary information.

We sent all legalised documents to Tiago by post. He handled the Portuguese nationality case professionally and submitted application on time. Tiago is very responsive and responsible lawyer.
He never ignored my email and what’s app message. Sometimes he replies in minutes. He is very nice, informative and advises the best.

I highly recommend advocate abroad and Tiago Gomes services for any legal issues.

Regards
Z MAHMOOD [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Lidija K Jan, 18 2022

I have worked with lawyer Tiago and I have nothing but absolute best to say about him. Very professional and friendly service and unseen dedication. Recommendation from the bottom of my heart! [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Sally Giblenn Jan, 18 2022

What can I say? Tiago has been absolutely fantastic!

Not only has he provided us with a lot of advice but he has helped us get our D7 visas, he personally completed our house purchase and now he has just assisted setting up our contracts for internet, TV, water & electricity.

Tiago is friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and professional and I would highly recommend him to anyone. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Z Tancinco Dec, 20 2021

Me and my wife had good experience with Tiago. He represented us in purchasing an apartment unit in Portugal.

He was very helpful and responsive. Our transaction went well and his representation helped us jump through the hurdles. [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Chad McCully Dec, 11 2021

My experience has been stellar! I have worked with my lawyer for a few different items and have been absolutely happy with his performance and capabilities! Really glad to have engaged with you (and him!) [View all G o o g l e Reviews]

Caleb Ben-Avram, Porto Oct, 19 2021

Tiago was very responsive to emails. I received replies very promptly. He was always clear in what he needed from us in order to complete documents. I never felt like I was bothering him with my requests.

He provided us with peace of mind as new residents in Porto. All the documentation can be confusing, but Tiago was able to get us through all of it without worry.

I would definitely recommend his services to other expats moving to the Porto area.

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