D2 Work & Entrepreneur Visa in Portugal

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Service Details

D2 Work & Entrepreneur Visa

Available in the following locations: Lisboa, Lisbon, Portimao, Porto, Viseu

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

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.


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, Lawyer in Lisbon
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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 Maria, Lawyer in Porto
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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.

Elsa, Lawyer in Lisbon
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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.

Laura, Lawyer in Lisbon
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Cases completed 47

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.

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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.

Thaís, Lawyer in Lisboa
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Lawyer, partner of the law firm Gaia & Martins based in Portugal, with focus on immigration law, nationalities and real estate investments.

Tiago, Lawyer in Porto
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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

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.

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.

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.

Ella Kaplan, Porto Sep, 30 2021

Tiago is responsive, professional, always willing to assist and a pleasure to work with.

Dina Atef, Porto Jul, 01 2021

Tiago did a great job assisting us in all the matters that we requested. He was very responsive and attentive to our needs.

His English is perfect and the price of his services is reasonable. We definitely recommend him to anyone who needs legal assistance.

Evan Shinners, Porto May, 26 2021

Tiago is great! I will recommend him to my friends who come to Portugal!

Joel McCully, Porto May, 19 2021

Tiago has been a wonderful and professional resource. I would be (and have been) recommending him to other people when I can, because he has been extremely responsive, helpful, and knowledgeable!

Vanessa Killelea, Porto, Portugal May, 11 2021

Tiago has been wonderful in every way! I recommended him to my friend, and he has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help me in trying to resolve a very difficult and complex problem.

Daniel Woods, Viana Do Castelo Mar, 19 2021

Tiago was fantastic in all aspects. We couldn't have asked for more. Professional, responded to our questions almost immediately, booked our appointments and told us what to take.

He made the move to Portugal so easy and stress free. We would recommend him to anyone.

Artem Ivanenko, Portugal, Porto Jan, 07 2021

Tiago has been very helpful throughout the process. He assisted promptly with all my requests, his communication was timely. He has been a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend his services to anyone who needs assistance of a true professional. Thanks a lot, Tiago!

Sarah Bridge, Porto Dec, 17 2020

I am delighted to have found Tiago to help me and my husband through the complex and arduous process of obtaining a Visa in Portugal.

He speaks and writes in English at a high level. He is careful, deliberate, thorough, and prompt in his work. He has a high level of integrity. I have learned to trust him completely.

Best of all, he is a kind person. It’s easy to talk with him and I find I feel energized and positive after our conversations. I’m very satisfied with the service, the price and the results.

Vanessa Killelea, Portugal, Porto Nov, 30 2020

Tiago was wonderful, all aspects of the work were undertaken promptly and professionally.

He was approachable and explained all the necessary procedures. His rates were extremely fair and there was a good outcome for me in the court. He worked exceptionally hard on my behalf, and did a fantastic job.

Ethan Flower, Porto Nov, 29 2020

We are so happy with Tiago and his wonderful help. He made everything simple and made sure we accomplished all that we needed. He was very careful and went above and beyond. Everyone has to use Tiago!

Rowena Fernandes, Algarve Nov, 05 2020

Tiago is laudable in his role as advocate. Efficient, thorough, timely, amiable, combining heart with mind. It is a blessing to have found Tiago and he is to be highly recommended.

Ana Macedo, Lisbon Oct, 14 2020

Tiago is a true professional. He understood what I needed, acted diligently in executing his tasks, and responded to my requests for updates in a timely and courteous manner. His knowledge of Portuguese laws and it’s bureaucracy, were commendable. His price rates were reasonable.

I hope he continues to built his clientele, both in Portugal and overseas, especially in the United States. He does a very good job. No improvement needed.

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