How to obtain a residence visa as an employee?

The grant of a residence visa in order to permit the holder to take up employment in Portugal depends on the existence of employment vacancies, which have not been filled by Portuguese nationals, nations of EU member states, nationals of the European Economic Area, nationals of third countries with which Portugal has signed a free movement agreement, and nationals of third countries, who are legally resident in Portugal.

For this purpose, the Council of Ministers, after hearing the Standing Committee for Social Dialogue, approves, annually, a resolution that defines a global quota indicative of employment opportunities, and can exclude sectors or activities where there is no need of manpower.

 

The IEFP keeps an updated information system, reachable to the public at the Internet, of the available job offers and discloses them at the Portuguese embassies and consular posts.

The embassies and consular posts access the available information at the Internet IEFP-site, publish the job offers at a proper place and disclose them, by diplomatic way at the competent services of the third country.

The third countries nationals who wish to occupy a job offer present their application to the address of the employer.

The employer send to the selected foreign citizen the labour contract or promised employment contract and the declaration issued by the IEFP proving that the job offer is covered by the quota and has not been filled by a worker who enjoys preference.

Apart from the above mentioned general conditions, you also must:
a) Have a labour contract or a promised employment contract; or
b) Have recognised education, competences or qualifications and adequate to the activity and benefit of an individualized expression of interest of the employer.
Yes. The fact of having a residence visa does not mean that the SEF will grant to you, necessarily, the residence authorization. There are other conditions that must be met.

Source: Ministry of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security


Linha de Apoio a Migrantes
808 257 257 (a partir da rede fixa)
21 810 61 91 (a partir de rede móvel e para quem efetua a ligação do estrangeiro)
 

CNAIM - Centro Nacional de Apoio à Integração de Migrantes

CNAIM Lisboa

Rua Álvaro Coutinho, 14
1150 - 025 Lisboa
Fax: 21 810 61 17
WebSite: http://www.acm.gov.pt/  
E-mail: informacoes@acm.gov.pt

Horários:
De 2.ª a 6.ª das 8h00 às 17h00
Nota: Devido ao número de utentes do Centro pode haver limitações de senhas para determinados serviços.

Transportes
Metro: Linha verde, estação "Anjos" ou "Intendente"
Autocarros Carris: 712, 730, 726, 708

Latitude: 38.72492748292166 ou 38º 43' 30'' N
Longitude: -9.134284257888794 ou 9º 8' 3'' W
 

CNAIM Norte
Av. de França, 316
Edifício Capitólio
4050-276 Porto

Tel: 22 207 38 10
Fax: 22 207 38 17
Endereço eletrónico: informacoes@acm.gov.pt

Horários
De 2.ª a 6.ª das 8h00 às 17h00
Nota: Devido ao número de utentes do Centro pode haver limitações de senhas para determinados serviços.

Transportes
Metro: estação “Casa da Música"
 

CNAIM Algarve
Loja do Cidadão
Mercado Municipal, 1.º Piso
Largo Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro
8000-151 Faro
Endereço eletrónico: informacoes@acm.gov.pt

Horários:
2.ª a 6.ª, das 8h30 às 17h00

Transportes
Minibus (circuito 3) da Câmara Municipal


Alto Comissariado para as Migrações- ACM, I.P. (Sede)
R. Álvaro Coutinho, 14
1150 - 025 Lisboa
Tel: 218106100
Fax: 218106117
acm@acm.gov.pt
 

The information presented is purely indicative, with the main purpose  to provide general guidance without exempt, at any case, the consultation with the competent authorities and the use of professional advice regarding the addressed themes

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