The Schengen Area is an area comprising 26 European countries that have officially abolished all passport and all other types of border control at their mutual borders. The area mostly functions as a single jurisdiction for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy. The area is named after the 1985 Schengen Agreement signed in Schengen, Luxembourg.
The 26 Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows a person to travel to any members of the Schengen Area, per stays up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.
The Schengen visa is the most common visa for Europe. It enables its holder to enter, freely travel within, and leave the Schengen zone from any of the Schengen member countries. There are no border controls within the Schengen Zone.
Sun, sea, and soccer – Portugal has got it all – from its holiday islands and golf courses to historic Lisbon. Like its neighbor Spain, Portugal is a favorite of holidaymakers from around the world. To travel to Portugal for a short trip lasting fewer than 90 days, you will need a Portugal Schengen Visa, as it is part of the Schengen Area of European countries that have abolished border controls
If applying for a work visa to Portugal, you will need to provide the embassy/consulate with documents that prove you meet Portugal Schengen Visa requirements based on your employment status. If employed, you need an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no objection letter from your employer giving you leave to travel, and an income tax return. If self-employed, you will need a copy of your business license, company bank statements, and income tax returns. You will also need an invitation letter regardless of whether you are applying for a work visa or for a short-stay Schengen Visa for business.
Longer term work visas can be tough to get, as most non-EU nationals will need a work permit before they can undertake employment in Portugal. In the majority of cases, a work visa is only granted to non-EU nationals if a secure job has been offered or if the individual is married to a Portuguese citizen. Work in Portugal for non-EU citizens, however, has been affected by the country’s high rates of unemployment in recent years and there are quotas in place to limit the number of jobs that go to third-country nationals to improve employment opportunities. Most jobs also need to be advertised to Portuguese and EU citizens for 30 days before they can be filled by a non-EU citizen.
This is a general and cursory list of criteria. RK OVERSEAS’ experienced consultants will review your requirement and provide you with a detailed list to maximize hit rate.