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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)



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