EU Blue Card
An alternative means to obtaining residence in Portugal using the economic route is through the EU Blue Card Program, which was also introduced in October 2012 and provides an opportunity for highly qualified individuals from non-EU countries to reside and work in Portugal subject to meeting the criteria outlined below.
Applicants for the EU Blue Card will be asked to provide the following:
- A contract or binding job offer with a salary of at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary (or 1.2 times in certain professions). The OECD recorded annual gross salary for 2011 was Euro 17,000
- Proof of health insurance or evidence that the applicant is covered by the National Health Regime
- Proof of registration with Social Security
- For regulated professions, documents establishing the applicant’s stated qualifications and, for unregulated professions, documents establishing the relevant higher-level professional qualification