I've heard conflicting advice about this topic so I thought I'd seek some guidance here (hi everyone!).
Context: My wife and I want to move to Portugal soon (i.e., before the 2022 elections) with the goal of permanent residency/citizenship (after 5-6 years, obviously). I have a professional job that will allow me to work from anywhere (management has explicitly said I could move to Portugal [or anywhere, really, as long as I'm willing to work PST hours]). Although we are an international company (though a smallish one), we currently do no business in Portugal and it's not on the roadmap to do so. We do have a regional office in Amsterdam. My wife plans to start her own consulting service from Lisbon, where we plan to live.
So I've got two questions:
- Is it possible to use remote work (W2) as a basis for the D-7?
- Would it help if I was officially based out of the AMS office, since it and PT are both in the EU?
We've visited Portugal many times, are learning Portuguese (however slowly/badly), and plan to retire there in about 10 years time when that part of life comes around. We just can't imagine that buying a house to get passive income would be preferable to a stable job that allows remote work that pays several times that. Seems like the D-7 was definitely titled at least ("passive income") in a pre-pandemic world. We are desperate to get there...we've even planned to take a transatlantic cruise ship that allows dogs when we make the final, hopefully next summer.
Any information or resources anyone could point to that would disambiguate the conflicting word-of-mouth opinions I've heard would be sincerely and warmly appreciated.