To come to Portugal as a researcher, you will need to obtain:
- a temporary stay visa if you will carry out research activities for less than one year; or
- a residence visa and a residence permit if you will carry out research activities for one year or more.
You also need a work contract, a contract for providing services, or a scientific research grant from an accredited research institution.
|Where and how to apply|
You must apply for a temporary stay visa or a residence visa for researcher activity at the embassySearch for available translations of the preceding link or consulateSearch for available translations of the preceding link in your country of origin or residence.
A residence visa does not automatically grant you a right of residence but allows you to enter Portugal for the purpose of applying for a residence permit, if the requirements are met.
|Duration of validity of permits|
The residence visa allows you to stay in Portugal for four months so that you can submit an application for a residence permit at the SEFSearch for available translations of the preceding link.
As a general rule, a temporary residence permit is valid for one year, renewable for successive periods of two years.
|Refusal of permit|
The residence permit will be refused if you have been the subject of an order to leave and you are applying while the prohibition period is still running or if you are listed in the Schengen Information System or in the SEF’s Integrated Information System. It may also be refused for reasons related to public order, public safety or public health.
The residence visa is cancelled if the application for a residence permit is refused.
|Appeals||If your application for a residence permit is refused, you may challenge the decision before the administrative court. You will be notified of the refusal decision as well as the reasons for the decision, the right to appeal and the deadline for making an appeal.|
|Further information||More on being a researcher in Portugal|
Two types of permanent status can be obtained in Portugal – a national permanent residence permit or an EC long-term residence permit:
Permanent residence permit
The national permanent residence status can be obtained at the SEFSearch for available translations of the preceding link of your area of residence after at least five years of legal temporary residence, if during this period you have not been convicted of a prison sentence exceeding one year.
You must prove that you have basic knowledge of Portuguese, sufficient means of subsistence and accommodation.
The national permanent residence permit must be renewed every five years. The status is valid for an unlimited period of time.
Long-term residence permit
The EC long-term residence status can be granted by the SEFSearch for available translations of the preceding link of your area of residence after five years of continuous and legal residence.
In order to obtain this status you must prove that you have:
The EC long-term residence permit is valid for five years and is automatically renewed upon application.
An application may be refused on grounds of public order, public security and the risk that may result from that person remaining on the Portuguese territory.
All decisions may be appealed before the administrative courts.
|Family reunification||If you hold a residence permit for research you are entitled to family reunification with:|
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- Immigration and Borders Service (SEF)
- Institute for Employment and Professional Training (IEFP)
- Authority for Labour Conditions (ACT)
- High Commission for Migrations (ACM)
- Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MNE)
- Portuguese embassies and consulates abroad
- Ministry of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security (MSESS)
- Ministry of Justice (MJ)
- Ministry of Education and Science (MEC)