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D3 Visa

The D3 visa in Portugal is a national visa intended for foreign nationals who wish to reside in Portugal for the purpose of study, research, cultural exchange or volunteer work. This visa allows the applicant to obtain permission to stay for educational or cultural purposes.

Basic steps and requirements for obtaining a D3 visa in Portugal:

​1. Document Preparation: The applicant must provide the following documents:

   - A completed and signed visa application form.

  - A valid passport with at least 3 months remaining validity after the end of the requested period of stay.

  - Invitation letter or confirmation from an educational institution, organization or project in Portugal confirming the purpose of your stay.

  - Proof of financial solvency confirming that you have sufficient funds to live and study in Portugal.

  - Medical insurance covering the entire period of your stay in Portugal.

  - Documents confirming the availability of suitable accommodation in Portugal.

2. application to the consular section: The applicant must apply to the consular section of the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in his/her country of residence to apply for a visa. It is necessary to submit all required documents, fill in the application form and pay the consular fee.

3. Examination of the application: The Consular Section will review the application and the documents provided. During the review process, additional documents or an interview may be required.

4. Visa issuance: If the application is approved, the applicant will receive a D3 visa in his passport. The period of validity of the visa may vary depending on the intended period of stay in Portugal.

5. Arriving in Portugal and obtaining a residence permit: After arriving in Portugal on a D3 visa, you will need to contact your local Citizenship and Immigration Service (SEF) office to obtain a residence permit (Residência).


Here are a few steps to follow:

1. Register with the SEF: You need to go to the nearest SEF office within the first 3 working days after your arrival in Portugal. Bring your passport, D3 visa, proof of address, health insurance and other necessary documents.

2. Submit additional documents: The SEF may require you to submit additional documents, such as a criminal record certificate, medical certificate and others, depending on the purpose of your stay.

Biometrics and fees: You may be required to provide biometric data (fingerprints) and pay the fees for registering and obtaining a residence permit.

4. Review of application: The SEF will review your application and documents provided. If necessary, they may request additional information or conduct an interview.

5. Obtaining a Permit to Stay: If your application is approved, you will be granted a Permit to Stay (Residência). The duration of the permit may vary, but it is usually a temporary permit that can be renewed.


Once you have been granted a residence permit, you can legally reside and carry out your chosen activity in Portugal, according to the conditions of your D3 visa. It is important to follow the deadlines for the renewal of your residence permit and to comply with all the requirements set by the Portuguese immigration authorities

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