When we talk about the future of work, one topic that is hard to avoid is the decentralized office. Working from wherever you are has become more and more part of reality through digital collaboration. Portugal is making this dream a reality for many employees and the self-employed, and has now released its requirements for the “Digital Nomad Visa,” which allows remote workers earning four times the national minimum wage to live and work in the idyllic European country.
But let’s start from the beginning. From October 30, 2022, remote workers will be able to obtain a temporary visa in Portugal, valid for up to one year, without a residence permit. If their income is above the limit of $2,750 per month, it is possible for any employee, netployee, founder or self-employed person to establish their headquarters in Portugal. The visa can be extended for up to five years.
The application for the visa must be submitted to a Portuguese consulate in one’s home country and include proof of income for the last three months, information on primary residence and proof of activity – whether an employment contract or confirmation of self-employment.
Portugal is currently one of the most popular countries when it comes to remote work. The reasons for this are the low cost of living, the beautiful and mild weather and, of course, the very business-oriented culture of the inhabitants.
Portugal is just one of many countries that have been looking to attract remote workers since the pandemic. It is particularly important to stimulate the economy and not only keep the innovative power in the country, but also to attract further pioneering projects and companies to the tranquil European country.