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Facts & Stats

To hire a foreign national in Portugal, you need to ensure that they obtain a work permit. This means they must be employed by a Portuguese entity and go through the lengthy immigration process. Our Employer of Record (EOR) model can simplify this process. We take on all liabilities associated with hiring the employee, sponsor their visa, and handle the paperwork for their work permit application.


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Supported visa types D1 Work Visa, Highly Skilled Migrant, EU Blue card
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Processing time 3-4 mo.
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Currency EUR (€)
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Capital Lisbon
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Languages Portuguese

Frequently asked questions

Requirements vary between visa types, refer to our Immigration guide to find more information. 

The average processing time is up to 3-6 months. 

Note: Heavy delays are expected due to a backlog from Portuguese Immigration authorities. In-country requests may take 2 years or more to be processed. 

With the EOR model, Deel, as the employer, can sponsor and handle the visa application.

In most cases, no. The employee can only start working once the Visa has been stamped on the passport or the in-country request has been approved. 

Employees in need of a change of employer can start working once the notification is submitted.