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Tech Visa is an accreditation program focused on providing Portuguese companies with a fast track to hire and retain highly qualified non Schengen professionals.
IAPMEI is responsible for assessing and accrediting companies under the Tech Visa program. So if you are a highly qualified worker and plan to work in Portugal, find here the list of Tech Visa certified companies.

In order to apply for a visa or residence permit under the program, companies must ensure their candidates comply with all highly qualified workers requirements1, namely:
  • Only third country nationals not permanently residing in European Union territory can be accepted
  • all tax obligations must be fulfilled, when applicable
  • Candidates must have no criminal record
  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old
  • Candidates must have successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree 2 or equivalent with 5 year experience in specialized technical functions
  • Candidates should be proficient in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish and master a language level suitable to the functions/duties to be performed.


Certified companies will be able to:

  • Recruit qualified workers 2, third country nationals and non permanent residents in European Union territory, in a simpler way;
  • Issue a digital a Liability Note the candidate may present at the Consular Posts/Embassy and Border Control Services to qualify for a highly skilled worker residence visa or permit. This aims to streamline the recruiting process.

Overall companies will be limited to recruit up to 50% of their total workforce numbers under the Tech Visa Program. However, companies based in remote or peripheral areas will be allowed to recruit up to 80% of their total workforce.

There will be a mandatory minimum wage for workers recruited through the Tech Visa Program.
  1. In accordance with article 5 (1) (2) of Inter-ministerial Ordinance 328/2018 issued the 19th December and amended by Inter-ministerial Ordinance 99/2019 issued the 4th of  April.
  2. Level 6, according to ISCED 2011, or level 5 (tertiary level education)


Tech Visa Program Proposal Documentation Guide

To streamline the preparation of your Tech Visa program proposal, please find below a comprehensive list of essential documentation, complete with corresponding links for easy access. Kindly refer to these sources to gather all necessary information required for a successful proposal submission:

Permanent Certificate:

Declarations by the Social Security:

Declarations by the Tax Authority:

Link to site:
Application form link: http://intranet/TechBo/App/TechVisa/ListaCandidaturas.aspx

National Qualifications Catalogue

Simplified Business Information – IES:

Please review the provided links and collect the necessary documents accordingly. Ensure all information is accurate and up to date before inclusion in your proposal submission.

Should you have any inquiries or require further clarification, do not hesitate to reach out to our Tech Visa team (;; We are committed to assisting you in compiling a comprehensive and successful proposal for the Tech Visa program.