Visa Startup Program

Author:Mr Nuno Ferreira Morgado and Joana Baeta Vieira

The Office of the Ministry of Economy announced the approval of the Startup Visa program. This is one of the initiatives to be implemented by the Government under the Startup Portugal Program, which also comprises a package of measures aimed at boosting entrepreneurship in Portugal and attract investment, talent and innovation capacity.

The Startup Visa measure will allow the fast granting of residency visas to third-country entrepreneurs who intend to establish innovative businesses in Portugal through investment and creation of qualified employment, thus allowing them to create or move their startups to Portugal.

To this end, the Government expects these companies to join the incubators of the Startup Portugal network, thus benefiting from the incentives and support granted under the Startup Portugal Program.

The Visa Startup Program is one of the most innovative programs for attracting and securing investment and international talent launched in Europe.

Applications for the Visa Startup Program will start in January 2018, and must be submitted through an online platform. The supervision of the processes submitted under the Program is assigned to IAPMEI.

In order to grant access to the Visa Startup Program, foreign entrepreneurs must show that they intend to develop in Portugal a business activity corresponding to the manufacture of goods or provision of innovative services, and, with that purpose, they will open or transfer...

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