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About Relocation

The Full Relocation Service comprises all activities so that the client can smoothly settle in Portugal.

When arriving in Portugal, you won’t have to think about anything other than how to better enjoy this country.

When we say you won’t worry about anything, we mean it.

We will handle activities such as:

  • Searching and acquisition of a property
  • Bank financing
  • Updating the property bills and registries
  • Changing the driver’s license… you name it.

Just remember, we will be there for you.

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Visa Stage

If you’re not a citizen born in an European Union country, you’ll probably need to apply for a visa in order to legally move to Portugal.

As always, you can count on us to assist you in this process.

There are many types of visas intended for those who want to live in Portugal.

To check the options and requirements for applying for a Portuguese Residence Visa, check our article All About Visas to Portugal.

If you want an individual analysis to choose the best visa for you, just schedule an online meeting with one of our lawyers.

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Residence Permit

After the Visa procedure comes to an end, the Residence Permit starts off.

Remember, this process takes place in Portugal.

SEF is the Public Agency that will issue your Residence Permit, just after your application is approved.

Here in Viv Europe, there is a lawyer waiting to be your assistant so that you won’t have to worry about having the interview at SEF.

Of course, not only you, but your entire family will receive a Residence Permit (through the family reunification procedure).

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Real Estate Stage

Acquiring your property in Portugal is certainly one of the most important steps to permanently settle in this country.

And this can be quite a challenging process.

Searching for properties on websites may seem the best way to find the home of your dreams, but don’t be mistaken. Most of the time, what you see in the photos is nothing like what you see in “real life”.

That’s why we will assist you in all the required procedures to search, selection and acquisition of your home in Portugal.

We will look and video record your chosen property, that way you will feel that you’re in Portugal choosing your next home with us.

No stress, no surprises.

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Complementary Steps

Bring your pets to Portugal

We know that pets are like babies, and wherever you go, they need to be with you. So let us handle the bureaucratic activities so that you can bring them to Portugal with you.

Communicate in Portuguese

If you’re worried about the Portuguese language, fear not. We know the best teachers to make your life easier. You will practice Portuguese and, when you notice, you will be speaking like a pro.

Register at Social Security

If you want to work or intend to have business in Portugal, you will need to register at the Social Security to receive your NISS number. By doing so, you’ll be able to contribute to your retirement in Portugal. 

Register at the Portuguese Healthcare System

Portugal’s Public Healthcare System is one of the best in Europe and it’s (almost) free. Registering yourself in the “Posto de Saúde” and obtain your “Numero de Utente” is a must.

Update your Driver's License

Change your current driver’s license to a Portuguese one. This way you’ll be able to drive throughout Portugal and avoid receiving fines due to your documents situation.

University Revalidation

Do not think that just because you graduated in your country you can develop your profession in Portugal? Your situation needs to be analyzed and you may need to validate your diploma in Portugal.

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Questions & Answers

Relocation is a service provided by companies focused on offering for the client a complete set of services intended to facilitate the  moving to another country.

Among these services, we can emphasize those related to real estate services, including the searching, recording of videos / photos, handling the rent or purchasing paperwork and the required activities to register the property certificates in Public agencies, before the arriving of the client in Portugal.

Even the real estate bank financing can be managed by the company.

The main goal is to conclude all relocation related-tasks, so that the expat won’t have to worry about anything related to his / her accommodation when arriving in Portugal, and just enjoy his / her place in that country.

First, depending on your country of origin, you will have a different perception about Portugal.

In terms of ease of adaptation, Portugal is a country that internalizes what is known about European Lifestyle.

In other words, Portuguese people are hard workers, but they also like to enjoy life and most of them do not want to wait for retirement to appreciate the “good things in life”.

This type of attitude is reflected in Portugal (the country) itself.

That is why in Portugal we can always feel a sense of tranquility, wherever you are.

Getting rich is not that important over here, as long as you have good food on the table, places to have fun with your beloved ones, beautiful landscapes to fall in love with and, obviously, a stress-free environment.

Overall, that’s what you will find in Portugal.

In general, people are very welcoming in Portugal (specially in the north region), they love being close to others and celebrate everything that can be celebrated (unfortunately, Covid changed this scenario a bit).

Portugal also offers:

  • Good food in the supermarket (eg. Pingo Doce, Continente and Jumbo), as this country dispose delicious national meat, fish and sweets. Also, extraordinary food are also imported from its neighbors countries, such as Spain, France, Italy and Germany (there is actually one “main” supermarket for each of these countries, eg. Mercadona, Froiz,  Spar, Lidl and Aldi)
  • Good public transport system. You can go almost anywhere in Portugal by train and move using the metro in the biggest cities.
  • A good Public Healthcare and Educational system, as it will be better addressed later in this article.
  • A lot of green places, specially for those who want to chill out and relax.

Depending on where you live in Portugal, your experience in relation to communication can change.

If you intend to move to a small city, with a more traditional appeal, you’ll probably struggle a little to understand and to be understood at the beginning.

The good news is that, in medium and large cities, English is widely spoken. Thus, probably, you won’t have a hard time communicating in Lisbon, Porto, Algarve and even in Braga, Coimbra and Setubal, for example.

These are touristic cities that relies on English to attract people from all over the world.

Also, more and more, English is taught in school as a second language, therefore those Portuguese citizens who are younger that 30 will probably have no problem in communicating with this second language.

Even tough English is widely spoken, if you’re planning to live in Portugal, it’s always advisable to enroll in a Portuguese course, specially to understand the basics.

NHS (National Health System) is responsible for providing basic health care services to people and expats living in Portugal.

The quality of the healthcare service is simply excellent!

I, myself, like to have a complete checkup of my health conditions twice a year, and the way this service is performed is simply remarkable.

According to the 2018 Euro Health Consumer Index, Portugal was ranked 13th for its quality of its health system.

It is important to note that Public Healthcare in Portugal is not 100% free, as you will have to pay a small amount to be consulted, but it probably won’t exceed 15€.

If you’re an expat, you won’t have problem registering at the Local Health Post (Posto de Saúde) in order to obtain your Utente Number and start using Portuguese Public Health Service.

A Residency Certificate and NIF number will be required for this registration.

There are certainly many costs associated with buying a property. Below you can find a list of them:

  • Municipal Tax related to Property Transactions (IMT)
  • Stamp Tax
  • Municipal Property Tax (IMI)
  • Notary fees
  • Bank fees (if purchased through a financial bank)
  • Costs related to issuing certificates

The sum of these costs can vary widely according to the specifications of the property.

For a full analysis of tax in Portugal, click here.

The less knowledge about the acquisition process, the more likely you are to be scammed.

Unfortunately, some people focus on taking advantage of a person’s lack of knowledge on a particular subject to try to obtain money illegally.

To prevent this situation, we strongly advise the assistance of a lawyer so as not to waste time and money in this process.

Maybe you’re considering choose Portugal because this is a safe country.

Portugal is the safest country in the European Union and the 3rd globally. That’s indeed something to consider when choosing a country to spend your life with your loved ones.

In 2014, Portugal ranked 18th position in the Safety Index and climbed to the third position in 2019, and maintained this same position for 3 consecutive years.

Here is the list of the safest countries in 2020:

  1. Iceland
  2. New Zealand
  3. Portugal
  4. Austria
  5. Denmark
  6. Canada
  7. Singapore
  8. Slovenia
  9. Japan
  10. Czech Republic

There is not so much to talk about on this subject, as the numbers speak for themselves.

Just be sure that walking on the streets at night will no longer be a distressing situation.

First of all, living in Portugal as an employee does not mean that you will receive the minimum wage.

Many companies pay more than this amount, especially in Lisbon and Porto regions.

In addition to the salary, some companies (specially the big ones) offer food and transportation tickets, health insurance, among other benefits.

But, in any case, you probably won’t receive much more than 2,000€ if you intend to work for a Portuguese company as an employee, and this can be very frustrating (which is why many Portuguese emigrate so often to other European countries in order to find better working conditions).

But looking on the bright side, the cost of living in Portugal is very attractive. You will certainly not spend that much money living in a Portuguese city, especially those not touristic.

The best case scenario would be live in Portugal and remotely work for a foreign company, as your salary will be associated to that company’s country, without considering tax, of course.