Boom! Portugal does it again. The Ministry of Economy has just announced that in 2018 they will offer a Portugal Startup Visa aimed at wooing foreign startups to relocate to the Iberian coast. This is a great addition to the D7居留签证 这使得它易于申请程序获得 居住在葡萄牙.
What is the Portugal Startup Visa?
The Portugal Startup Visa program will fast-track entrepreneurs who wish to establish business innovation in Portugal. The hopes from the government are to increase local hiring, 创造税收的一种新手段, 并继续增长，葡萄牙作为高科技的欧洲中心.
我与谁参加网络峰会都表示，他们会考虑，因为低税制的葡萄牙发言的企业家, 本地人才, 和天气.
我的团队 20 developers stationed in Berlin would love to move to Lisbon. It’s a great city and more opportunity for great office space” – Said one of my colleagues.
对于葡萄牙启动签证计划将于一月中的应用 201 必须通过管理的在线平台提交 IAPMEI.
Who is eligible for the Portuguese Startup Visa?
为了有资格获得葡萄牙签证, a foreign entrepreneur must show they will move their business activities to Portugal. These businesses can include business lines such as manufacturing of goods, 信息服务, and other innovation knowledge services. The guidelines are a bit vague, 但对我来说, 它读取制造, 科技创业, and knowledge workers. Once you establish that, 您可以在葡萄牙结合并有资格聘用人.
One of the big items in the application process will be the demonstration that your startup can either show a value of €325,000 within 3-years or show annual revenues of €500,000. This can be difficult for some startups but doable if you raised a 种子轮投资的 or if your startup is beginning to show real revenue growth. So you have 3-years to make it work. Not that bad.
该计划将通过的联合条例规定 经济部 和 内政部. So assume there will be lots of bureaucracy with the process. All official documents will be in Portuguese (that’s the law) but plenty of their websites have English translations. You can, 当然, 使用谷歌翻译, but we’d recommend hiring a Portuguese lawyer who speaks English. The online Portugal visa application form is not live yet but, 它早来 2018.
Do I need a Portugal Startup Visa?
如果您正在寻找的企业家创建在葡萄牙启动, 雇人, and open a bank account; this is the fast track. With the Portugal Startup Visa, 你的资格留在欧洲超过 90 consecutive days (180-days annually) and get access to not only great talent but to a tax regime that is business friendly. 最重要的是, loan rates are quite low in Portugal (5% or less) so the ability to capitalize your business is there. The IMPMEI also has a tax benefit up to €3 million up until 2020. All in all, 这是一个双赢的局面.
It may make sense for a foreign startup to have a Portuguese subsidiary to pass-through European dollars or to move a very early stage startup here before moving your investor’s dollars into the EU. They have not released a special tax for startups but the standing tax rate is 21% 但它是一个滑动标尺.
如果你决定，这可能是您正确的签证, 连接你的会计师, 移民律师, 并伸手 启动葡萄牙.
I am a big fan of the people at Startup Portugal. They are all English speakers and are very helpful with the process of setting up your business in Portugal. Some of the perks I have learned about in the process are that you can hire developers and interns for free for a probationary period. There are funds for both joining an incubator called the 启动孵化券 and helping build up an office. There are also relocation services and advice.
The information on this visa is just being released. As I learn more, 我将更新一块这样的书签这篇文章及以下评论.