Space Cat wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:18 pm
So I went and read practical experiences of moving to Portugal as a self-employed.
You need to arrive to the country, register a sole proprietorship on site, apply for a visa ("based on articles 88 and 89")and then stay illegally for 1.5-2 years
because Portuguese immigration department is incredibly overloaded. They don't have a "visa application in process" residency status like we have here in Chile. So you can't leave the country all this time.
When you are finally called to an interview, you will need to show a working business and paid taxes, plus also pay a fine for staying illegally.Then maybe you'll be granted a visa. Of course, your business must be connected to Portugal, as in case of other European countries that allow self-employed immigration. Just moving money from abroad (as freelancers do) is not enough. But even this doesn't guarantee a success in getting visa.
And Portuguese embassies are not granting these visas in general.
You know, the problem with the approach you're describing is the "apply for the Visa after you arrive" part. Portugal isn't Chile. The D2 Visa is meant to be applied for at a Portuguese embassy outside of Portugal, as stated clearly at all Portuguese embassy websites.
Now, after you get your Visa, you will need to schedule an interview with the Foreigners and Borders Office to get your temporary residency. If you have the Visa before getting to Portugal, you will pay no fines, no matter how long it takes.
The long waiting times you have reported refer to Lisbon, and they are to be expected: most foreigners moving to Portugal somehow think that there are no other cities in the country, and as such the Lisbon offices are super cramped. That's also why Lisbon rental prices can get 4 to 5 times higher than at non-metro areas, and twice the prices from Porto.
As an anedoctal reference: it took me 40 days to get my D2 Visa approved. My business is 100% online, and all I had to do was to follow their application procedure to the letter. While I still haven't moved to Portugal, some friends have moved recently and it took way less than years for them to sort out their immigration status: a week for those at medium-size towns, such as Aveiro, and three months for the ones that moved to Porto.
I'll probably write a more detailed post about it I've I finish my immigration procedure. This far everything has been as expected, and I got the impression that the embassy staff was very helpful, as long as you had all the paperwork ready, per the requirements at by them.