Immigrate to Portugal from Venezuela
Updated on Thursday 12th September 2019
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Many Venezuelans have relocated to Portugal in recent years in an attempt to leave behind the turmoil from which their country has been suffering. After a rather high inflow, the numbers have stabilized in 2018, as indicated by the authorities. Many of the individuals coming to Venezuela have chosen to settle in Madeira or inland.
Moving to Portugal is an important step and Venezuelans who decide to do so will need to adjust to the cultural differences as well as the language. Those who decide to come to the country need to have a valid passport in order to enter the country and will require a special visa, according to their type of stay, for periods that exceed 90 days.
Our team of immigration lawyers in Portugal is able to assists Venezuelans who wish to submit the applications for a visa with the Embassy in Caracas. Understanding the requirements is important before submitting the application and a correctly submitted file will reduce the time needed by the applicant, time that would otherwise be lost if the application would be rejected during the first submission.
Moving to Portugal
When they decide to move to Portugal, foreign nationals from non-EU countries, such as Venezuelans, will need to obtain the relevant permits that will allow them to enter the country and stay more than the regular tourist-permitted period (the aforementioned 90 days).
Gaining the right to reside in Portugal can be acquired in one of the following ways:
- by employment: when the applicant has applied for a job and had obtained the position; intra-company transfers are also an option;
- for a highly qualified job: in some cases, highly skilled workers can apply for a permit for their particular line of work;
- for investment: investors from Venezuela who can prove the value of their project can gain the right to reside in Portugal.
- for study: students, those who wish to continue their education as well as teachers or volunteers can apply for a permit.
- in family reunification cases: when the Venezuelan applicant has relatives or a spouse living in Portugal.
Each of these types of permits will include a set of general documents as well as particular ones, suited for the purpose of the stay. It is important to note that the purpose of the prolonged stay in the country should be adequately sustained, for example with an employment contract or the acceptance letter with a university or college.
Our Portugal immigration agents can give you more details about each of these types of residence permits as well as the conditions under which family reunification is possible.
Conditions for Portuguese residence permit applications
The documents that are generally required of an applicant are the following:
- Proof of ID: a valid identification document such as a passport or the ID card;
- Photos: two recent photographs of a certain size, passport-like.
- Records: the criminal record issued by the Venezuelan authorities; medical record not usually requested.
- Additional documents: these can include social security registration or proof of tax registration.
- Specific documents: the employment contract, proof of investment of other types of document supporting the application.
Our team of Portugal immigration experts can provide Venezuelans with additional details about these requirements so that their application will include all of the needed documents.
Once they obtain the residence permit, the holders will need to renew it as mandatory. Any changes to the place of stay or any other particularities, such as getting married, should be notified to the authorities. Applications for citizenship are possible after six years of residence or by marriage to a Portuguese citizen. Like other South American nationals, some Venezuelans may qualify for citizenship by descent (Portuguese by origin). In case of citizenship by marriage, the status is acquired after three years of marriage to a citizen or three recognized years of cohabitation. The status is not revoked in case of divorce or separation after this period.
According to a report from the Foreigners and Borders Service, Venezuelans are among the ethnic groups with a high percentage of growth in the country, however, it is not the highest, as reflected below:
- Brazilians – 143.7%;
- Nepalese – 141.2%;
- Indian – 127.3% and
- Venezuelan – 83.2%
Other nationalities that have recorded significant growth include the Italian, with 32.7% and the German, with 29.1%. The data was provided for the year 2018.
Venezuelans who wish to know more about the immigration process, its duration or other particularities can contact our immigration lawyers in Portugal.