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Portugal Job Seeker Visa

Portugal job Seeker Visa

Welcome to Migrate To Europe! Today, we’re diving into an exciting topic that could change your life – the Portugal Job Seeker Visa. If you’re dreaming of working in one of Europe’s most vibrant and picturesque countries, you’re in the right place. Stick around as we break down the key details, requirements, and benefits of the Portugal Job Seeker Visa.

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What is the Portugal Job Seeker Visa?

Let’s start by understanding what the Portugal Job Seeker Visa is all about. This visa is designed for talented professionals from around the world who wish to explore career opportunities in Portugal. Unlike traditional work visas, the Job Seeker Visa allows you to enter Portugal and actively search for employment. The Portuguese Job Seeker Visa allows applicants to stay for 120 days. Later on, a Job seeker visa can be renewable for another 60 days and allows only one entry into Portugal. To apply for the Portugal Job seeker Visa you must need to fulfill the general eligibility requirements and submit documents at the Portuguese embassy.

Do you need a Job offer for the Portugal Job Seeker Visa?

No, a job offer letter is not required for the Portugal Job Seeker Visa.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for this Visa an applicant must be:

  • You must be a non-EU national.
  • You must have a valid passport.
  • You must have a clean criminal record.
  • You must have a Bachelor’s degree.
  • You must have a sufficient amount so that you can support yourself in Portugal during Job seeking.
  • You must have health insurance that covers you for the duration of your stay in Portugal.

Documents Require for Job Seeker Visa

  • Visa application form
  • A valid passport
  • Two recent passport-sized photos
  • Criminal record check by the relevant Immigration and Border Services
  • Criminal record certificate issued by the relevant authority where the applicant has stayed for the last year.
  • Valid travel insurance
  • Return flight ticket
  • Proof of means of subsistence equivalent to three minimum monthly salaries
  • Proof of accommodation for the whole minimum stay
  • SOP (statement of purpose). A declaration with an indication of the conditions for the estimated stay, describing the plan of activities in Portugal, including where the applicant will stay and apply for jobs.
  • Attested educational/technical/academic qualification documents.
  • CV/resume
  • IEFP registration: Declaration of expressions of interest.

How to Apply for the Portugal Job Seeker Visa?

If you meet all of these requirements, you can apply for a Portugal job seeker visa at the Portuguese embassy or consulate in your home country.

You can Visit the Portuguese Embassy website of your home country and gather all the information. You can also email or call the Portuguese embassy and ask them about the Portugal Job seeker Visa process.

In most countries, VFS Global handles the applications for Portugal.

  • Locating the Portuguese embassy, consulate, or visa application facility that is most convenient for you, like VFS Global.
  • Here on VFS Global website Select your country, and the destination country, in this case, the destination country will be “Portugal”
  • Then it will open a Page from there and select the Type of Visa. In this case, you need to select “Job Seeker”
  • It will open a page where you will find all the information, requirements, required documents, visa fees, and forms regarding the Portugal Job Seeker Visa.

Cost of the Job Seeker Visa Portugal


The cost of the Job Seeker visa is relatively low and varies depending on the consulate where you apply, but for a single applicant you may expect to pay:

  • €80 for your entry visa application at the Consulate in your home country
  • €170 to submit and receive your resident permit from the SEF in Portugal

What happen if I cannot find a job with job seeker visa?


If you cannot find a job with the job seeker visa, you can extend it for an additional 60 days then after that, you must leave the country and can reapply for the job seeker visa after one year. Alternatively, some individuals may choose to register with SEF to extend their stay in Portugal.

Can I change job seeker visa into work visa?


Yes, if you are successful in finding employment, you can change your job seeker visa into a work visa and obtain a residence permit in Portugal.

Processing Time Required

There is no specific duration for the Portuguese authorities to process and make a decision on your application. The time is dependent on where you applied and the workload of the application centre at that time.

Typically, it takes anywhere from 30 to 90 days to get a decision on your application.

Please note that the Portugal Embassy has no influence on this process. The applicant is obliged to provide all information to the best of his/her knowledge and belief. If he/she knowingly furnishes false or incomplete information and/or provides false or falsified documents, the visa application will be refused.


“In summary, the Portugal Job Seeker Visa stands as a remarkable opportunity for non-EU individuals to tap into Portugal’s job market. This visa provides the chance to actively explore job opportunities, attend interviews, and build connections with potential employers.


By attracting skilled professionals, this visa not only benefits individuals but also contributes to Portugal’s economic growth. Successful job seekers can seamlessly transition to a work visa, aligning with Portugal’s goal of inviting and retaining international talent. This process not only streamlines immigration but also facilitates mutual growth and development, fostering a brighter future for both the individual and the country. 


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