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US Citizen in UK Visa/Work Permit Question


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Hi everybody, 

I'm a US Citizen currently living in the UK and I've been offered a job in Lisbon. I'm meant to start next month, and I am very confused about the visa process - do I need a visa/residency permit before I arrive, or can I fly into Portugal like normal (as a tourist, with no visa) and then apply from within Portugal? I have been trying to find out, but keep getting conflicting information. 

There is an added complication that my US passport expires in August 2022 - is this going to be a problem? I can't get it renewed in London before I leave since they are not doing expedited renewals, and some websites say that my passport must be valid for 3 months after end date of visa...would this be a year after I arrive? Or 90 days on a tourist entry?

The company I will be working for has not been very helpful, I think the language barrier makes it difficult. If anybody can offer advice I would be so grateful! 

Thank you!

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You cannot apply for a visa on arrival, this process must be conducted in advance.  If you do not do this, you risk numerous complications, and the likely need to remove yourself from the country to re-start the process.  

The process to apply from the UK is to use VFS (to whom Portugal, like many countries, have outsourced the process) here: 

https://visa.vfsglobal.com/gbr/en/prt/

I cannot advise with certainty on the passport issue, I'm afraid.

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My personal, past experience (albeit not in Portugal) is that the employer's HR department arranged the visa/work permit for the foreigner that it wants to hire. Are there special visas for that type of situation?  The visas discussed in this forum are the D7 and D2 - are there perhaps other types available?

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@jeanne you're right that it often is/arguably should be for them to sort/help with... but unfortunately many don't, and it's a case of "sort it, or we'll give the job to someone else" in some areas of work...

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