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The enchanting beauty and temperate climate combining with affordable living cost and modest tuition fee are awe inspiring features of Portugal tempting international students to choose it as their study abroad destination. Moreover, the value of Portugal’s visa is high rated as it is a Schengen state and European Union member, studying from there open doors to many opportunities all around Europe. The Universities of Portugal own top positions in QS world university rankings and are recognized globally for their quality and curriculum structure. The historical roots and Roman architecture of Portugal is an insight into European culture which has gone through transitions over the centuries that would indeed be worth exploring all along you complete your studies. We have assembled this article to aid international students in planning their study abroad in Portugal process.

 

Admission Requirements in Portugal for Pakistani Students 2020

The universities in Portugal receive thousands of admission applications each year from international students belonging from different countries. The admissions are granted if the applicant meets academic and language merit of the universities as the competition is high. The specific requirements are different for each study programme and academic level. The universities also have their own set of specific eligibility criterion. The process for admission starts with choosing a university and study programme whose eligibility criteria for admissions you can meet. If you meet all the required specifications, you can submit the application online. The universities in Portugal generally require following merits:

 

Undergraduate Admission Requirements in Portugal Universities 2020 for Pakistani Students :

Higher Secondary School Diploma passed in at least overall 70%, Language Requirement: IELTS passed with 6.5 minimum bands, Entrance Examination will be taken by university through Portuguese Embassy at your home country and the candidate must pass the exam in good grades.

 

Post Graduate (Masters):

Bachelors Honors Degree Passed with Good Grades, Language Requirements; IELTS must be pass in at least 6.5 overall bands, Entrance examination is not taken by all universities,

 

Post Graduate (PhD):

Masters Degree with Good Grades from a renowned institute of your home country, research proposal, research experience, work experience and Language Requirements: minimum 6.5 bands in IELTS and 90-100 scores in TOFL iBT. (Read Complete Detail of Admission Requirements of Portuguese Universities in  Article Here).

 

 

Portuguese Student Visa Requirements for Pakistani Ctizens 2020

You will receive an acceptance letter as you meet the eligibility criterion for admissions at your chosen Portuguese university. The acceptance letter is issued by Portuguese university and it will serve as visa invitation letter as well. The students will visit the Portuguese Embassy located at their home country and acquire the details of required documents. The documents requirements are country specific and the Embassy might call you for a visa interview. There are two visa types for study in Portugal which include C Type and D Type Visas. The C Type visa is for study programmes of less than 6 months duration and D Type visa is for study programmes of more than 6 months duration. The Embassy requires following documents to be submitted along with visa application for either of student visa type:

  • Proof of Finances

  • Acceptance letter from Portuguese University

  • Health insurance coverage not less than 30,000 Euros.

  • Proof of accommodation

  • Clearance letter from police station or equivalent authority proving the good character of applicant and authenticating there is no criminal offence registered against applicant.

  • Return travel ticket

You must prepare the necessary documents of visa at least 3 months duration before your study programme starts because the visa processing takes 2 to 3 months for approval. The visa application cost is around 30 to 35 Euros that must be paid along with visa application. As you arrive in Portugal on student visa, you are obliged to apply for resident permit of Portugal within 3 months of your visa entry date (for study programmes longer than 6 months).

 

Permanent Residency Procedure of Portugal

Foreign nationals can attain permanent residency of Portugal if they are married to Portuguese national, if they have lived in Portugal on work permit for 5 years and if they invest a specific amount in Portugal through purchasing land, investing in business or pledging the amount in Portuguese Bank. For international students who have completed their under graduate or post graduate degree from Portuguese university, the pathway to permanent residency is through work permit. Portuguese law does not allow an international student to reside in Portugal after completion of their degree, they must have to exit the country and re-enter on work visa if they have an employment contract. The work permit of Portugal is applied by employer who wishes to hire a foreign national. There are a few types of work permits of Portugal for foreign nationals based on duration of employment contract, qualification and skills. (Read the Details of Work Permits of Portugal for Fresh Graduates in this Article).

 

Study and Living Expenses in Portugal for Foreign Students

Portugal is an inexpensive country in terms of living and study cost. Despite hosting a large number of international students and tourists annually, Portugal’ government is managing to keep living costs in access to all classes. The minimum wage in Portugal is 700 Euros per month which is an estimated average amount needed for accommodation, food, transportation and other expenditures monthly by one individual. The densely populated cities as Lisbon and Porto are expensive whereas Coimbra is the least expensive city of Portugal.  The health insurance coverage must be purchased by students before entering Portugal on student visa which at least has to be around 30,000 Euros worth.

 

Estimated Study Expenses in Public Universities of Portugal for Pakistani Students:

Under Graduate: 950 to 1,200 Euros per year

Post Graduate (Masters): 900 to 1300 Euros per year

Post Graduate (PhD): 2,500 to 3,500 Euros per year

The private universities charge a higher amount of tuition fee than private universities. You can expect the average tuition fee of private university for under graduate study programme to be around 2,600 Euros to 3,200 Euros per year. Likewise, for post graduate programmes the tuition fee will range from 3,100 to 3,872 per year.

 

Living Expenses:

Portugal is a small country in area and almost one third of its population is inhabited in rural areas. The accommodation rents in rural areas are cheap cost and in urban cities they are expensive. But the overall food and transportation cost is in range of people belonging to all financial classes. Portugal has drawn attention of international students in such large scale mainly due to its affordability factor. The average costs of day to day edible goods and accommodation rents in Portugal are as follows:

  • University dorm room rent: 165 and 300 EUR per month

  • Studio Apartment with one room: 530 and 600 Euros per month

  • Home stay: 350 to 500 EUR per month.

  • Half liter water bottle: 0.89 Euros

  • 1 liter milk bottle: 0.63 Euros

  • A Loaf of fresh white bread: 1.12 Euros

  • 1 Kg rice: 0.88 Euros

  • Dozen eggs: 1.70 Euros

  • 1 Kg local cheese: 7.26 Euros

  • 1 Kg chicken breast: 5.38 Euros

  • 1 Kg beef meat: 9.59 Euros

 

Part Time Work Permission in Portugal for International Students Criteria 2020

Non-EU students are allowed to work part time in Portugal if they are enrolled in full time study programme at an accredited university of Portugal. The Non-EU students do not need any other work permit or permission letter for part time work they have this permission in Portuguese student visa by default. The working hours allowed is 20 per week. There is no restriction on average salary for students but they are entitled to be paid at least the amount fixed by Portuguese Government. In semester breaks and seasonal holidays students can take up full time employment. For part time work the students will use their resident permit as their identity.

 

Post Graduation Work Opportunities in Portugal 2020 for Pakistani Students

Portugal offers post graduation work opportunities to foreign students under a limited quota. Fresh graduates from Portuguese universities are preferred by recruiters especially those who have done internship and gained required training of their professional field. But to gain Portuguese work permit the students have to get an employment contract from Portuguese employer first. They will depart from Portugal after completion of their degree successfully and then arrive back on work permit to continue working. The work permit of Portugal will be applied by student’s intended employer. The employer will send invitation letter to employee and from there the procedure of post graduation work visa will start. Since Portugal is a Schengen state, the student can try their luck at finding job opportunities in other Schengen states after graduating from Portugal. The degrees offered by Portugal’s universities are being recognized in all around Europe and worldwide.

 

Student Accommodation in Portugal

Portugal hosts a large number of international students and there are all kinds of accommodation options available. The accommodations are designed in the manner to facilitate students belonging from different continents and countries. There are halls of residence, studio apartments, flat shares and home stays with serviced and not serviced options. The rents are cheaper than other European states in Portugal so can expect your living standard to be high quality but reasonably priced in Portugal.

 

portugal stduy abroad destination

Portugal is one of the oldest nations of Europe, its history is 800 years old and it had been ruled by the Romans, Arabs, Celts, Phoenicians and Berber civilizations. The reigns of diverse civilizations on Portugal has shaped Portugal’s cosmopolitan outlook and influenced its globalized status. Though sparsely populated but historically abundant state of Portugal has scenic landscape, Mediterranean climate, blend of modern lifestyle with base of old culture, world recognized education institutions, developed economy and low crime rate. It is one of the least expensive countries in Western Europe and the 18th safest country in the world. Studying abroad in Portugal is journey of exploring the history of Europe, attaining high quality education, learning cosmopolitan outlook and sculpting your professional career by attaining all inclusive knowledge. Here are the reasons advocating why Portugal can be best study abroad destination for international students:

 

Exceptional Higher Education Institutes in Portugal 2020

The higher education institutes like other European countries have Bologna process of education for quality assurance. The degrees offered by universities of Portugal are recognized worldwide and are considered parallel to that offered by institutes of UK and Ireland. The Portuguese government has made immense investments and reformations in higher education sector of the country in past few years to elevate their quality and international accreditation.

 

Rankings of Portuguese International Universities 2020:

 The efforts and improvements in universities have raised their track records earning Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP) and University of Porto (FAUP) top positions in QS world university rankings.

 

Affordable Tuition Fee:

 The tuition fee in Portugal is affordable than the average in Europe, the public universities charge 1,500 EUR per year or less than it for a Bachelor’s degree course and the private universities charge nearly 4,000 EUR per year for Bachelor’s degree course.

 

Affordable Cost of Living in Portugal

Despite being one of the most favorite tourist spot, Portugal is one of the cheapest cost countries in Western Europe. As per estimation, in 895.33 Euro you can manage your monthly living expenses in Lisbon and other main cities of Portugal quite well, in fact you can do saving because the country offers student discount on purchasing almost every commodity. You can travel and explore museums, visit tourist sport on your students pass without needing to pay for ticket.

 

Post Graduation Work Visa of Portugal 2020

Portuguese government is running several work permits programs for graduates who have studied in Portugal and belong to EU or Non- EU countries. There is Short-term Portuguese work visa, Long-term Portuguese work visa and Training and volunteer work in Portugal visa that can be attained based on your employment contract. There are many start-ups businesses and multinational companies in Portugal that offer internship positions to fresh graduates and if not in Portugal, you can travel to other European countries and try your luck. Having lived in Portugal for your education, it opens doors of many career opportunities for you not only Europe but around the globe as the degrees attained from Portuguese institutions have global acclamation.

 

Small Country Big Adventures

This small country located near the Atlantic Ocean has so much in store for the adventurer in you. Whether you live in Lisbon or Porto, beaches are just 20 minutes walk away. In this scenic country, you can go hiking in mountains, sun bask in beaches, enjoy the vibrant night life and explore the traces the rich historical roots of Portugal through museums, street sculptures and Roman architecture. It is a paradise for foodies, especially for non vegans, the Portuguese food has flavor of different cousins it includes spicy meats, eggs, fish, salt cod and grilled sardines and Portuguese desserts are famous among tourists for their unique and delicious taste. You can make trip around the city in Metro ride in just 1.75 Euros.

 

Portugal admission details in top universities for Pakistani students

Portugal is a European Union member and high income country located in Western Europe. The Mediterranean climate, sparse population, historical roots, high quality education and cheap cost of living of Portugal has made it an exceptional study abroad destination for international students. Portugal has strong cultural, economical and historical ties with rest of the European countries; the Portuguese language is 5th most spoken language in the world. The institutions in Portugal follow the Bologna process therefore the quality and curriculum design is equivalent to rest of the European academic institutions.

Although, Portuguese is one of the oldest European civilizations, it has modernized and developed with time and stands parallel to other European states. The metropolitan cities of Lisbon and Porto are hub of Europe’s businesses and financial institutions, in 2014-2015 Portugal was given 36th position on the economic index by World Economic Forum. The high standards of living and globally acclaimed academic institutions of Portugal make it top choice for international students. The admission requirements of universities in Portugal and application process for international students are explained in this section:

 

Choosing a Right Degree Programme to Study in Portugal

The entirety of academic success is based on student’s interest in his/her chosen degree programme. Portugal has a few of the world’s most renowned institutions that offer plethora of courses taught in English language with international credibility. The higher education sector of Portugal is based on strong research and focused on training students for their career path. While choosing a study programme to pursue your degree in consider the following factors:

  • Make sure the study programme you choose for higher education enhances your previous set of skills.

  •  Read the course structure and list of subjects included in the curriculum of study programme.

  •  Do thorough research about the career potential of your chosen study programme in the future.

  • The study programme you choose must lead you to your professional goals.

  • Check admission eligibility and minimum grades requirements.

  • Take recommendation from academic experts and professors.

  • Do not commit to any set of subjects that does not match your interest.

  • Ensure the study programme you choose is offered in your preferred language of instruction.

 

Choosing a Right University in Portugal to Pursue Your Degree

The oldest university in Portugal Universidade de Coimbra was established in 13th century which is still operational. Three of Portugal’s universities are ranked at top 50 positions by QS world university rankings. By adopting newest teaching techniques and modern curriculum design, the tertiary education institutes of Portugal have improved their overall track records and to match the international standards it has applied Bologna process of education. The degrees attained from Portugal have global repute and accreditation because their all inclusive education standards.  You must consider the following key points before finalizing a university to take admission in Portugal:

  • Affordability of tuition fee.

  • Admission requirements.

  • If the university offer on campus residence to international students.

  • The location where the university is situated in Portugal, if it is located in the city where you desire to live.

  • If it offers the study programme you intend to study.

  • University’s global reputation and world ranking.

 

Admission Requirements of Portugal International Universities 2020

The general admission requirements in Portugal are country specific. The EU nationals have different entry requirements than Non-EU nationals. You will specify your nationality while submitting the admission application and the university you have chosen will send the set of documents required and entry requirements according to your country. The entry requirements for each study programme and academic level are different and also may differ university to university. In general the academic requirements for admissions in universities of Portugal are as follows:

 

Entry Requirements:

 

For Admission in Under Graduate Degree Programmes 2020 intake:

The applicants must have completed their Higher Secondary School Diploma from an accredited institute of their home country, the minimum grades must be 13 out 20 (when 20 is high) and 2 out of 4 (when 4 is high). The minimum subject wise grades will be specified according to your chosen study programme for example: if applying for economics course, in High Secondary School Diploma the candidate should have got 90% marks in mathematics. The entrance examination will be taken by university before admission that can be held in Portuguese Embassy located in your home country.

 

For Admission in Post Graduate Degree (Masters) Programmes:

The applicants must have completed their Bachelor’s honors degree from an internationally renowned university of their home country and god grades. The Bachelors degree must be equivalent to Swedish kandidatexamen. The subject wise minimum grades will be ascertained according to the study programme you are taking admission in. Entrance examination is requirements by some of the universities in Portugal while some accept admissions only on the basis of excellent academic record.

 

For Admissions in Post Graduate Degree (PhD) Programmes:

The applicants must have completed Bachelors honors degree and Masters Degree with exceptional grades, previous research experience, research proposal, work experience, recommendation letters from two of applicant’s professors, personal statement and interview will be taken by faculty member of university. The subject specific grades will be according your chosen Portuguese university’s entry requirements; it will be elaborated to you while submitting admission application.

 

Language Requirements

For admissions in English taught courses, the applicants belonging from non English speaking countries are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English language. For that they will have to attain internationally recognized English Proficiency Test Certificate such as IELTS, TOEFL. For admission in Portuguese taught course, the candidates will pass Portuguese Language Proficiency Test. The IELTS test must be passed in minimum 6.5 bands overall with no band lower than 6 points. The TOEFL Test must be passed in overall 100 to 90 scores in internet based iBT. In paper based TOEFL test, the candidate must pass the test with over 600 to 575 scores. C1 Advanced/ C2 Proficiency and PTE A English Proficiency Tests are also accepted by Universities of Portugal for admissions in English taught courses.

NOTE: If you are talking admission in polytechnic university of Portugal, the medium of instruction of most of the courses offered is Portuguese, so you might have to prove your proficiency in Portuguese language by passing language test.

 

Documents Requirements for Admission Application Submission in Portuguese Universities 2020

The international students applying for admissions in universities of Portugal have to provide identity and visa documents along with their academic records. The required documents can be different for students belonging from non EU countries and EU countries. The required documents for admission in Portugal are enlisted as follows:

  • Completed admission application form

  • Identity document (Copy of Passport)

  • Recently taken photographs of applicant.

  • Passing certificate of entrance examination (usually necessary for applicant’s taking admission in under graduate programme)

  • Transcript of academic records (Diplomas, Certificates, Degrees)

  • A certificate recognized by related authorities stating the applicant has completed of Higher Secondary School Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree, Masters Degree

  • Letter of intent

  • Receipt of paid admission fee (around 50 Euros)

  • CV (required for some degrees only)

  • Recommendation letters from two professors (stating your eligibility to take admission in the intended course) it can be required for post graduate courses.

  • The documents must be translated in English language.

  • Language Proficiency Test Certificate.

  • Research Proposal (for Masters and PhD research courses)

 

Admission Application Deadlines in Portugal for PAkistani Students 2020

The higher education calendar in Portugal is divided into two sessions. If you are planning to study abroad in Portugal at higher education level can take admission in autumn or Spring Sessions. The admission deadlines may vary from one university to another in Portugal. To know the exact schedule, it is better to double check admission deadlines of the university you have applied admission at. However, generally the admission applications in universities of Portugal are accepted in following schedules:

  • Spring session (1st Application Deadline) will intake applications from April to May.

  • Spring session (2nd Application Deadline) will intake applications from June to July.

  • Autumn session (3rd Application Deadline) will intake applications from August to September.

The admission application process usually takes 1 to 2 months especially of they are coming from international students.

Receiving Acceptance Letter from University

After submitting admission application, you will be issued an acceptance letter from university inviting you to pay tuition fee and from there other study abroad procedure commences. Along with tuition fee, you will have to purchase health insurance coverage for the entire duration of your stay in Portugal. The health insurance and acceptance letter both are required documents for student visa of Portugal.

 

 

How Pakistani students can get the student visa of Portugal

Portugal is charming country with beautiful landscape, Mediterranean climate, rich cultural history, top ranked academic institutions and developed economy. The roman architecture, beautiful beaches, longest summer of Europe, blend of various cuisines and youthful and dynamic lifestyle can be experienced while living in Portugal. The country is called the business hub of Europe with numerous multinational companies and financial organization having their base in Portugal. The international students opt to study in Portugal because of top quality education and also to get professional exposure. Over the years, Portugal has made considerable investments in improving its higher education sector to match its counter parts in other European States. By adopting Bologna system of education, the degrees offered by universities of Portugal are accepted and recognized globally because high quality assurance.

 

The Process of Student Visa of Portugal for Pakistani Students 2020

Those planning to study abroad in Portugal have to attain student visa if they are nationals of non-EU countries. The EU nationals do not require a student visa to study in Portugal. The rules for attaining student visa of Portugal are country specific. Nationals of different third world countries will have different rules and documents requirements which will be ascertained by the Portuguese Embassy located in your home country. There are different types of Portuguese student Visas based on the duration of your study programme whether it is short course, under graduate, post graduate or PhD research programme. (Read Admission Requirements of Portuguese Universities Here).

Here are types of Portuguese Student Visas explained for intending candidates:

Types of Student Visas in Portugal for International Students

 

Schengen Short Stay C Type Visa (for Study Programme of Less than 90 Days Duration)

The non-EU international students enrolled in a course or research programme of less than 90 days duration will apply for C Type Visa. Upon getting acceptance letter from university of your admission confirmation in the course, you will visit the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate and attain the required information and details of documents to be submitted along the visa application. Portugal is a Schengen state, any individual having a Schengen visa is allowed to travel other Schengen states under one visa for 90 days.

 

Schengen Long Stay D Type Visa (for Study Programme of More Than 90 Days Duration)

The non-EU nationals who are enrolled at an accredited university of Portugal in a study programme which has more than 90 days duration will apply for Schengen Long Stay D Type Visa from their home country. Upon getting acceptance letter from your hosting Portuguese university you will visit the Embassy or Consulate of Portugal located in your country nearest to you

 

Portuguese Residence Permit for Researchers

The non-EU nationals enrolled in post doctoral research programme that lasts longer than 3 months duration are counted in highly qualified category. Such candidates will apply for Portuguese residence permit for researchers from their home country. This visa type allows candidates to get paid research work and other benefits.

Note: There are over 30 countries which have signed an agreement with Portugal. The nationals of such countries do not need student visa for short courses study programme of less than 6 months duration. Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US are few of those.

 

 

Visa Application Procedure

As you ascertain which visa category suits your study programme duration in Portugal, you will visit the Portuguese Embassy in your home country and get visa application form, details of required documents and you might be asked to attend an interview. The applicant must appear to submit the visa application by himself firsthand, as per the rules Embassies do not accept visa applications from any individual other than the applicant himself.

 

The Documents Required for C Type Visa include:

  • Applicant’s valid passport (travel ID) must be valid till the duration of your study programme in Portugal.

  • Completed visa application form

  • Proof of Finances (Bank Statement, Credit Card Statement) proving the applicant has finances to cover the study and living expenses for the stay in Portugal.

  • Proof of accommodation (if the accommodation has not yet been arranged, the applicant must prove he/she has enough finances to afford an accommodation cost for duration of their stay)

  • Two recently taken passport size photographs

  • Health insurance coverage

  • Return travel ticket

  • Acceptance letter from hosting institute in Portugal. (must be original)

  • Bank receipt of paid tuition fee of university

  • Bank receipt of paid visa application fee

  • Clearance certificate from local police station stating that the applicant has no criminal record

  • Health examination certificate

 

The Documents Required for D Type Visa include:

  • Completed visa application form signed by the applicant

  • Applicant’s valid passport (valid for at least 3 months duration, must have blank pages for visa stamps, previous passport (if any) must be attached with current passport)

  • Two recent photographs with plain background

  • National Identity card photocopy

  • Criminal record clearance letter from an authorized authority near the residence of applicant stating the good character of applicant and ensuring there has been no criminal record in the name of applicant.

  • Transcripts of academic records legalized by the Foreign Affairs Ministry of applicant’s home country.

  • Letter of acceptance from an accredited institute of Portugal.

  • Proof of arranged accommodation (rental contract, paid rent receipts and address of residence)

  • Proof of Finances (Bank statement or Credit card statement of last 6 months).

  • Return travel ticket.

  • Health insurance coverage not less than 30,000 Euros. (to cover medical expenses of the applicant during his/her stay in Portugal for education).

  • Proof of paid tuition fee

  • Medical examination certificate

  • All the documents be translated in English language.

Note: Language Proficiency Test Certificate is not a requirement for Portuguese student visa. After approval from Portuguese university for admission the students are not required to prove any further proficiency in language. However, if you manage to speak Portuguese language in your visa interview, the visa officers at Embassy will be very impressed and would recommend for approval of your visa.

Note: The Embassy might request additional documents other than the above mentioned.

 

 

Visa Processing Time of Portugal for Pakistani Students 2020

The Portuguese student visa processing time might span from one to three months. Most probably it will take 3 months at least. It is advised to students to arrange all the documents, recheck them and schedule for visa meeting by making an appointment at Portuguese Embassy near you  at least 3 months before their study program commences in Portugal.  As you receive visa, you might be as well be have to meet some health requirements which include taking vaccination.

 

Cost of Portuguese Student Visa

The applicants will pay a student visa fee for Portugal along with required documents. The Portuguese student visa fee for Pakistani nationals is 30 Euros. The visa application fee is different for each country. The Russians will pay 35 Euros. For some countries the student visa cost is around 60 to 99 Euros.

 

Applying For Resident Permit after Arriving in Portugal on Student Visa

After arriving in Portugal on student visa, the international students belonging from non-EU countries have to apply for resident permit within six months. The resident permit stays valid for one year duration. After one year, the resident permit can be renewed for another year according to study programme duration of the applicant. You will submit resident permit application renewal application at Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) office. The resident permit of Portugal can be extended for five years maximum.

 

Documents required for resident permit:

  • Resident permit application form completed and signed by applicant.

  • Valid passport of applicant

  • Two recent photograph

  • Proof of finances

  • Proof of accommodation.

 

Part Time Work Permission in Portugal under Student Visa 2020

International students have permission to work part time in Portugal under student visa without needing any work permit. However, the students have to register their part time work at SEF (Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service) office. To engage in research work, academic teaching and other skill related profession, the candidates can seek permission from SEF. The non –EU students have permission to work 20 hours a week in semesters and full time on semester breaks in Portugal.

 

Taking Services of Study Abroad Consultants

The documents for student visa and their authorization must be done at least three months before your study programme starts in Portugal. The documents and visa application must be done with perfection and detailing. In case of any mistake the visa process can be delayed than its expected duration. Therefore, the students are advised to take guidance of study abroad experts who deal with student visa cases on regular basis. The study abroad consultants can guide you through each and every step of student visa taking burden off from your shoulders and in fact your chances of visa approval increase with their assistance. The professional study abroad consultants in various cities of Pakistan are featured on our exclusive section here for your assistance.

 

estimated budget to study in Portugal for Pakistani students

Portugal is the western most country of Europe which shares borders only with Spain. It is popular for delicious cuisine, historical architecture, idyllic weather, beaches and affordable living cost. Because of Portugal being a Schengen state and European Union member, the Portuguese visas both tourist and studies are powerful and come with visa free entry into 24 European Schengen States. Moreover, the ever so improving and modernizing higher education sector of Portugal offers plethora of English taught programmes to international students in a very reasonable tuition fee. Among other European countries, the cost of living in Portugal is affordable and the quality of life is high standard with accessible health care facilities and well developed transportation system. The cost of living and study is estimated in the below section for the students interested to study abroad in Portugal:

 

Cost of Study in Portugal

The tuition fee in Portugal is different for each academic level and study programme. In general the tuition fee for medicine, veterinary and engineering courses is most expensive and other courses such as arts related and literature is cheap cost. Moreover, the tuition fees in public universities of Portugal are almost half in cost than private universities. The public universities accept fee annually whereas the private universities have an option of paying monthly tuition fee. Based on your academic excellence and records, you might even get full scholarship from private universities of Portugal. But, considering the affordability factor, public universities of Portugal are most suitable option.

 

Tuition fee at Portuguese Public Universities 2020:

Average Tuition Fee of Under Graduate Programme: Starting from 950 Euros to Maximum 1,250 Euros per academic year.

Average Tuition Fee of Post Graduate (Masters) Programme: Similar to Under Graduate Programme the Tuition Fee is around 950 to 1,250 Euros per year.

Average Tuition fee of Post Graduate (PhD) Programme: The tuition fee may range from 2,500 Euros to 3,000 Euros per year.

In Coimbra city, all the public universities offer the cheapest cost tuition fee, for under graduate and post graduate (Masters) programmes the average is around 700 EUR per academic year.

 

Tuition fee at Portuguese Private Universities 2020:

Average Tuition fee of Under Graduate Programme: It will range from 2,600 Euros to 3,200 Euros per Year.

Average Tuition fee of Post Graduate (Masters) Programme: It will be around 3,100 to 3,872 per year.

Average Tuition fee of Post Graduate (PhD) Programme: It will be around 3,323 Euros to 3,872 Euros per year.

 

Cost of Living in Portugal 2020

The cost of living in Portugal is one of the cheapest in European countries. The cost of accommodation rent, food and transportation all could be managed in the budget of 500 to 800 Euros per month. The cost of living varies in different cities and locations but overall the cost is not expensive. Lisbon the capital city of Portugal is the most expensive whereas the smaller cities as Porto and Coimbra are least expensive. The noticeable low average cost of living in Portugal captivates a large number of international students to study in Portugal and the permission to work part time helps students to earn some extra money to bear their expenses.

 

Accommodation Cost:

The accommodation in Portugal is high standard and affordable at the same time. It will vary from location to location and also depend on the facilities offered and size of the accommodation. The university offered residence is the cheapest cost accommodation option for students as the utility bills are included in the monthly rent. The rents of different types of accommodation for international students in Portugal are enlisted below:

University’s Offered Halls of Residence: A single private room in halls of residence will cost you between 165 and 300 EUR per month including utility bills.

Studio Apartment with One Bed Room: The monthly rent will be around 530 and 600 Euros not including the utility bills.

Home Stay: Living with a local family in their house on monthly rent of 500 EUR/month with one time meal included.

Three Bedroom Apartment: If the students want to live in three bedrooms apartment and share rents and utility bills it will cost around 727.50 € to 1,099.89 €.

 

Food:

Portugal is famous for happening restaurants and blend of various delicious cuisines. Traditional Portuguese food is blends of seafood, meats and sausages. As an international student living in abroad you cannot to afford to eat out regularly but when living in country like Portugal, it is not as expensive. The average cost of food beverages in Portugal are enlisted here:

  • Basic menu meal for one person in an inexpensive restaurant: 8 Euros

  • Basic menu meal for two persons in mediocre restaurant: 30 Euros

  • Combo meal for one person in McDonalds and McMeal or equivalent: 6 Euros

  • Half liter water bottle: 0.89 Euros

  • 1 liter milk bottle: 0.63 Euros

  • A Loaf of fresh white bread: 1.12 Euros

  • 1 Kg rice: 0.88 Euros

  • Dozen eggs: 1.70 Euros

  • 1 Kg local cheese: 7.26 Euros

  • 1 Kg chicken breast: 5.38 Euros

  • 1 Kg beef meat: 9.59 Euros

  • 1 Kg Apples: 1.54 Euros

  • 1 Kg Bananas: 1.21 Euros

  • 1 kg Oranges: 1.18 Euros

  • 1 Kg Tomatoes: 1.38 Euros

  • 1 Kg Potatoes: 0.83 Euros

  • 1 Kg Onions: 0.93 Euros

 

Transportation:

Public transportation such as metro trains and buses are common means of travelling in Portugal. They are fairly low cost and well organized. Bus or train station is located nearby every area of the cities, so there will be no problem in catching a public transport to reach your destination. The student discounts are offered in Public transports if you own a valid student card. The travel fares of public transport around the cities in Portugal are as follows:

  • One way ticket in public transport: 1.50 Euros

  • Monthly pass of public transport: 35 Euros

  • Taxi tariff for 1 km travel: 0.47 Euros

 

Other Expenditures:

  • Cost of utility bills (electricity, gas, water, heating) if not loving in halls of residence: 94 Euros per month

  • Internet connection of 60 Mbps speed: 30.44 Euros per month

  • Fitness club monthly subscription fee: 30 Euros

  • Cinema ticket for one person: 6.70 Euros

 

estimated budget of living in Portugal for Pakistani students

Portugal’s exquisite beaches and charming landscape is pure joy for adventurers and tourists. In the past decade, the higher education sector of Portugal has gone through massive amendments and improvements resulting in worldwide recognition. The QS World University Rankings by Subject in 2018 placed 10 of Portugal’s universities among top 100 world’s best universities. The high standards of living, idyllic climate, security and pleasant ambience of Portugal have made it a popular study abroad destination in recent years. The accommodation in Portugal is modern and affordable for international students. Portugal’s architecture and buildings have striking similarity with that of Spain and Italy, the cities exhibit traditional Mediterranean suburbs.

It is challenging for international students to arrange a suitable accommodation in a country where they are entering for the first time. Portugal is no different than other European states in fact it is one of the safest countries of Europe. In this article, we have discussed the best accommodation options for international students in Portugal.

 

Halls of Residence:

The university offered halls of residence are most suited and affordable option for foreign students. But students must keep in mind that Portugal’s Universities receive hundreds of admissions requests from international students each year, the spots in university offered residence are limited so you better book one before there is no spot left. Due to increase in international student’s admissions in Portugal each year, the universities have designed their residences to cater the needs of students belonging from different backgrounds and countries. Almost all universities in Portugal offer following facilities in their halls of residences:

 

Facilities:

  • Free Wi-Fi

  • Common kitchen (contains necessary utensils, microwave, stove, refrigerator)

  • Self laundry services in each floor of residence (equipped with washing machines and ironing table)

  • Residence manager available on sit in day time

  • Security guards and active security cameras 24/7

  • Common rooms

  • Gym

  • Study rooms

 

What are benefits of living in Halls of Residence?

You can book a private room or shared rooms in halls of residence each one will have separate cost. The utility bills are included in the monthly rent you will be fined if there is any damage to university’s property or furniture caused by you. The university sets rules and time tables for each resident which must be followed or you might face consequences. Despite, some strict rules and restrictions, halls of residence are wise choice. You will get to know students from different countries and get to know their culture and increase your knowledge. You will save your travel expenses as the halls of residence are located nearest to the university’s campus.

 

Cost:

The cost can vary from university to another. But on average it can be around 165 and 300 EUR per month.

 

Private Accommodation

Private accommodation is another option for international students in Portugal. The urban cities of Portugal such as Lisbon, Porto, Aveiro and Coimbra have majority of international students as tenants. In rural areas, the rents are relatively low cost but reaching to your university and work on time is not possible therefore the students prefer to live in central city areas. It is common for Portuguese people to rent out their houses to students and you might find one easily through real estate agencies or online ads at local websites. There is no such restriction of 1 year deposit of rent in advance, you can deposit one month rent in advance and then skip paying rent of last month of your stay in that accommodation if you choose to move out. You will show resident permit or Portuguese student visa to sign rental contract of private accommodation. The rents may differ according to location and facilities of the accommodation in cities of Portugal. The private accommodation options for international students in Portugal include:

 

Studio Apartment with One Bedroom and Living Room

The students who can afford to live in a luxurious, modernly styled urban studio apartment in Portugal will enjoy perks of privacy and freedom. Evidently for shy people living in a shared apartment is difficult although the cost is low but there are problems of keeping cleanliness, distraction because of noise and restrictions on timings.

 

Facilities:

  • Furnished House

  • Landry room

  • Bed, chair, table, lamp, closet.

  • Living room with set of sofas and table

  • Balcony

 

Cost:

The areas located near shopping centers and public transports are expensive in terms of rents. But a studio apartment will cost 500 to 600 Euros in central areas of cities in Portugal.

 

Flat Mates:

The owners of the houses having accommodation of four or five rooms rent each of the room to different student. Flat sharing is common trend in all around Europe and Portugal is no different. Due to presence of large number of international students in Europe the accommodation options are plenty. Flat share is more of a communal residence shared among students but it is independent and there are no restrictions imposed by owners except there should be no damage to property and peace should be maintained. Even a group of students rent a house together and share flat with their mates. The rent, utility bills and other expenditures are shared which make it equally affordable as halls of residence.

 

Facilities:

  • Common kitchen, laundry room and living room shared by all flat mates.

  • Furnished room.

  • Services of cleaning and laundry can be booked or not depends on your budget.

  • Bed, Chair, Table, closet, Table Lamp will be  available in each room

 

Cost:

The cost is around 350 to 450 Euros for each person.

 

Home Stay:

Home stay is renting a room in house of a local Portuguese family. The tenant is given a private room with attached bathroom, the room will have necessary furniture and closet. The tenants can chose serviced or non serviced options. In serviced room the tenant will get cleaning, laundry services and cooked meals. In non serviced room the tenant can do self laundry use and kitchen but cooked meals and cleaning facility is not offered. Home stay accommodation is popular is Portugal, you can find a suitable home stay accommodation through websites and real estate agents. The benefit is living in family oriented atmosphere, learning local culture, hone your Portuguese language skills which can prove instrumental in finding job, you can make connections with locals and understand the way of settling in Portugal but the con of living with host family is lack of privacy. You will follow the rules set by your host family and manage your life style in manner that it won’t disrupt theirs.

 

Facilities:

  • Furnished bedroom

  • Access to kitchen (Fridge, microwave, stove, utensils)

  • Laundry room

  • Garden

  • TV

 

Cost:

The rent in home stay is around 350 to 600 Euros.

Tips for Choosing Accommodation in Portugal for International Students

  • According to Portuguese law, it is illegal to rent a room which is without windows, some of the host families and flat shares rent the living room to tenants which usually are without windows. Not only it is illegal, it is not good for your health and for your keeping focus on your studies. Do not rent any such room.

  • Owners rent out their rooms without a contract but it is illegal according to Portuguese law. Wherever you are renting an apartment o room access it through a legitimate source and registered real estate agency and do not pay any amount without contract. If you do so it is illegal and in case of any hurdle and problem you cannot take legal help to resolve it and your paid amount could not be claimed back.

  • When renting a room through websites, try and gather as much information as you can about the owners and survey the residence and ensure it has all the said facilities as were mentioned in the ad before signing up the contract.

  • It is better to involve an authenticated and reliable source when renting an apartment rather than setting the terms with owners who are unknown to you.

  • It is better to pay through bank rather than by hand so you can have proof of payment.

  • If you are searching a house in Portugal when you still are in your home country, it is better to rent a room in hotel for few days in Portugal and then search the most suitable option by visiting in person if possible. If you book an apartment through internet, do it for a short stay and ask for fresh pictures of the house.

  • Search thoroughly and gather maximum information, compare rents before making a final call.

  • If you are not an outgoing person and prefer to spend time at home, it is better to rent an apartment outside the city center and save a considerable amount because there is huge difference of rent cost in outside city centers and within city centers accommodation.

  • The more flat mates the noisier it could be so commit to that accommodation only which suits your personality, especially during the first few months you will be facing many challenges to adjust in abroad.

 

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Studying abroad in Portugal will be a rewarding experience both academically and personally. The higher education institutes of Portugal follow the Bologna process of education which has made their degrees recognized in Europe and other countries of the world. The cost of living and rich culture of this historical country is reasonable for international students. An international student can live soundly and comfortably in budget of 600 to 800 Euros per month in Portugal. The tuition fee of public universities of Portugal is also quite cheap cost as compared to other European states. Similar to other European states, Portugal allows Non-EU students to work part time 20 hours a week during their studies and full time in seasonal holidays and semester breaks. The guide below is written to give you an overview of part time work while studying and post graduation work in Portugal as a Non-EU student enrolled in one of Portugal’s university:

 

Part Time Work in Portugal While Studying

The minimum salary of an individual working in Portugal on legal status is fixed by government. The minimum monthly wage as of January 2019 in Portugal is 700 Euros per month for full time work. But for part time work the salary is often fixed according to per hour wage which will be minimum €4.38 or more according to your work and skills.

 

Part Time Work Permission:

The Non-EU students are allowed to work part time 20 hours a week whether on campus or campus. They do not need any work permit to do part time job but are obliged to attain a temporary resident permit which will be valid for one year duration and can be renewed each year according to the duration of student’s study programme. To attain resident permit, the students have to submit an application at Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) within three months of their arrival in Portugal. To attain resident permit the third country national will submit following documents:

  • Application form of residence permit completed and signed by applicant

  • Valid travel document (Passport)

  • Two recently taken identical photographs

  • Proof of finances

  • Proof of accommodation.

If you are applying for an internship or training position at one of the local Portuguese Company or Form, your intended employer will seek permission on your behalf from SEF.

 

Post Graduation Work in Portugal

You are not allowed to stay in Portugal after completing your degree from a Portuguese university. If you have an employment contract from Portugal’s registered company, your intended employer will send an official letter of invitation and apply for work permit on your behalf to invite you to work in Portugal. But either way you will return back to your home country and start the work permit procedure from there. The Portuguese government has set fixed number of job positions or a quota for foreign employees in Portugal to limit foreign recruitments and give more chances of employment to its nationals. Especially after Portugal’s financial crises the policies have been changed to accommodate EU and Portuguese nationals. However there are different work permits for foreign nationals intending to work in Portugal based on their qualification, skill, employment contract and profession. The work permits in Portugal for third country nationals include:

 

Portuguese Short Term Work Visa:

It is applicable for those candidates whose employment contract from Portuguese employer has duration of less than 6 months.

 

Portuguese Long Term Work Visa:

It is applicable for those Non-EU nationals who have secured an employment contract from Portuguese employer which has duration longer than 6 months. Long Term Work Permit comes under D type Visa category and has benefits of visa free travel to other Schengen states (Not more than 90 days). The permit will be granted for one year duration initially and can be extended for 5 more years.

 

Portuguese Resident Permit for Highly Skilled Professionals:

The Non-EU nationals who are doing or have an offer to be engaged in academic scientific research, teaching in Portugal or are highly skilled professional are eligible to attain resident permit as highly skilled worker. It will allow the candidate to live in Portugal for one year at first and then it can be extended each year for more 5 years.

 

Portuguese Work Permit for Trainees and Volunteers:

The Non-EU nationals engaged in unpaid internships, training or doing volunteer work with NGO’s are allowed to have a special resident card. After completion of the internship or volunteer program, if the student gets an employment contract, he can covert his/her visa into employee’s permit without needing to exit Portugal. (Read Details about Work Permits of Portugal in the Article Here).

 

Other Work Permits Include:

  • Work Permits for Self-employed workers in Portugal

  • Portuguese Golden Residence for Business Investors

  • EU Blue Card

 

Documents Required for Work Permit of Portugal

The application for work permit of Portugal will be submitted at Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in your home country at once you get employment contract and visa invitation letter from Portuguese based employer. Your employer will fulfill the work permit requirements in Portugal before sending you visa invitation letter. Here in your home country at Portuguese Embassy you will submit the following documents:

  • Completed Visa application form

  • Photocopy of Visa details page of your Passport (attach previous passport if any)

  • Two recent passport size photographs

  • Medical insurance coverage must be purchased of at least EUR 30,000 worth

  • Proof of arranged accommodation in Portugal

  • Employment contract and invitation letter (only original document)

  • Employer’s business registration card (if applicable).

Unless you are highly qualified professional you will be granted three years work visa initially, other than highly qualified professionals all other work permits will have one year duration with extendable option of more 5 years. If the documentations are correct and you meet the eligibility, the work permit will be granted in 2 to 3 months. After entering into Portugal in work visa, you will register your information at social security in Portugal and a Portuguese tax number.
 

 

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Portugal’s favorable climate and charming lifestyle casts a spell over expats and international students living there for study or work. The land of beautiful beaches and scenic landscape, Portugal is located at western most region of Europe and has rich historical roots that can be traced through the infrastructure of its cities. The habitants of Portugal enjoy high standards of living and healthcare facilities; it is regarded as one of the safest countries in Europe. Though small in area, but not in adventures and attractiveness, it is natural for non EU students studying there to consider settling in Portugal post graduation. Portugal is s Schengen state and European Union member and an important center for investors and businesses of Europe. So how can an international student stay in Portugal post graduation legally? The following section will shed light at the procedure and types of work permits and permanent residency of Portugal in detail. (To Get Details about Student Visa of Portugal Read This Article).

 

Portuguese Work Visa and Permit Eligibility forPakistani Students 2020

As per the rules of Portugal, an international student having done his/her graduation from the accredited universities of Portugal needs to secure an employment contract first to stay and work in Portugal. They will have to travel back to their country and arrive back on work permit which will be applied by their employer on their behalf. If not employment contract, the individuals married to a Portuguese national can keep staying in the country and are allowed to work according to their qualification and skills.

Portugal’s economy had suffered deflation in past few years and it is still in recovering process but there are still sectors that are growing and attracting investments. Because of this deflation, the Portuguese Government has restricted hiring foreign nationals and adjusted a quota which has limited number of job seats for third country nationals.

If you get to secure an employment contract after or within the duration of your study programme in Portugal, the employer hiring you will apply for work permit on your behalf at immigration office and you can have work permit which will be initially granted for one year duration and can be extended according to your employment contract.

 

Portuguese Work Permits for Non EU Nationals

The Non-EU nationals or third country nationals can start searching for jobs in the last year of their study programme or more favorably take an internship position to enter into job market of Portugal and to attain required work experience of their professional field. When you found employment, the different work permits in Portugal for non-EU nationals include:

 

Portuguese Short Term Work Visa

The Portuguese short term work visa is for that Non- EU nationals who have attained an employment contract which is due to end in less than 6 months duration. For those doing scientific research, highly qualified professional activity, doing services for World Trade Organization members or academic teaching,  in Portugal this visa can be initially granted for one year duration.

 

Portuguese Long Term Work Visa

The Portuguese long term work visa is for those candidates who have secured an employment contract that lasts longer than 6 months duration. As Portugal being a member of Schengen States, the holder of Portuguese long term visa or D type visa is eligible to travel other 26 Schengen member states on this visa without requiring any other visa for the duration of 90 days.

The holders of D type or Long Term Work Visas will apply for resident permit according to their qualifications, employment contract and professional skills.

 

Portuguese Resident Permits

 

Employee:

The standard resident permit in Portugal applicable to most of the Non-EU nationals is employee’s resident permit. The resident permit is initially granted for one year duration can be extended for 5 years. After 5 years the candidates are eligible to apply for permanent residency visa of Portugal. It depends on individual’s employment contract, if the job remains in the hand of candidate for 5 years, he can renew the resident permit each year.

 

Portuguese Resident Permit for Highly Skilled Professionals:

This resident permit is applicable to scientific researchers, academic teachers or highly qualified professionals. Similar to employee’s resident permit, the duration of the resident permit first be granted for one year and can be extended till 5 years after which permanent residency of Portugal can be applied.

 

EU Blue Card

The highly qualified workers can apply for EU Blue Card and reside in Portugal for one to four years duration. The non-EU nationals having a high qualification degree (i-e university degree), an employment contract or a job offer from an EU country or had been working in EU for one year can apply for EU Blue Card and work in any 24 Schengen states of EU under this blue card. The EU Blue Card holders are eligible to apply for permanent residency of Portugal after just 18 months.

 

Portuguese Golden Residence for Business Investors

The Portuguese government has initiated the golden residence visa for new business startups and investors. The investor will have to show their business proposal, proof of finances, will have to pledge certain amount of money at bank of Portugal for 5 years or invest their money by purchasing real state in Portugal to get golden residence of Portugal. The duration of residence depends on the candidates investing amount. After residing 5 years in Portugal on golden residence visa, the individuals will be able to apply for permanent residency of Portugal.

 

Work Permits for Self-employed workers in Portugal

The interested candidate intending to start a business or start a freelance work in Portugal will apply for employee resident permit and will fulfill same requirements. The proof of finances, business plan, benefit of business to Portugal and pledging amount will be requirements to attain self employed work visa of Portugal.

 

Portuguese Work Permit for Trainees and Volunteers

The third country nationals working under an unpaid traineeship pr volunteer work in Portugal are granted a special resident permit. As the traineeship or volunteer work ends the students can convert their visa to work permit if they secure an employment contract in this duration. Similar to employee’s resident permit they will be granted one year duration resident permit as well. The change in permit will be first authorized by SEF and then by immigration department. In this case, the students would not have to leave the country, in fact they can change their visa to work permit that suits their qualification and professional skill. The trainee and volunteer work permit is not for paid workers and it has validity of one year.

 

Documents Required for Portuguese Work Visa forPakistani Students 2020

The Non-EU nationals will submit work visa application from their home country at Portuguese Embassy or Consulate located near them. Once the candidates receive a job confirmation letter, they can visit the Portuguese Embassy and attain the details. The required documents may vary from one country to another. But in general following documents are required:

  • Work visa application form completed and signed by applicant

  • Photocopy of Valid Passport (with previous visa details)

  • Two passport size photographs of applicant

  • Travel ticket arrangement (if applicable)

  • Medical insurance coverage (must be of EUR 30,000 worth)

  • Proof of accommodation arranged in Portugal

  • Original job offer or employment contract

  • Registration card of Employer’s business or company in Portugal and previous tax returns details

The work visa will take two to three months of processing. When granted, the work visa and resident permit will have same validity as your employment contract and can be extended according to renewal of your job contract duration for up to 5 years. As you enter in Portugal under work visa, you will register at social security in Portugal and a Portuguese tax number.  After 5 years of living in Portugal on work permit you are eligible to apply for permanent residency visa of Portugal which will be valid for 5 years. There will be no restriction of employment contract duration if you get permanent residency of Portugal.

 

Permanent Residency of Portugal

You can apply for permanent residency visa of Portugal after having lived in the country on legal visa. The permanent residency visa is application is submitted at SEF, the candidate is eligible to be granted PR visa if he meets following criterion:

  • The candidate has been living in Portugal on temporary permanent residence for last for last five years.

  • The candidate has not committed any legal offense and met the responsibilities of responsible citizen in last five years duration.

  • The candidate has sufficient means of sustenance for him and his family in Portugal.

  • The candidate has an accommodation large enough for him and his family

  • The candidate can speak and understand Portuguese language at basic level.

 

Obligation Imposed on Permanent Residents of Portugal:

The permanent residency card is valid for lifetime. It can be renewed after every five years. The holder of PR visa is obliged to inform about his change of address to SEF in case he changes one. The resident is under obligation to inform about his marital status to SEF.

 

Rights of Permanent Residency Holders in Portugal:

  • The holder of Portugal’s Permanent Residency Card can work and stay anywhere in the country.

  • The holder or Portugal’s PR card can travel to other Schengen States without any visa.

  • The PR resident has similar rights as citizens of Portugal, the can avail government funded education and health care facilities and retirement funds.

  • The PR resident becomes eligible to apply for citizenship of Portugal after 5 years of living in Portugal on PR visa.

  • Portugal allows PR holders to attain dual citizenship without needing to renounce their native nationality.

  • Another benefit of attaining PR Card of Portugal is visa free access to 171 countries which have an agreement with Portugal.

  • The PR Card holders of Portugal can travel to other countries but they are restricted to not be absent from Portugal for than 24 months consecutively.

 

Citizenship of Portugal

After residing in Portugal on PR Card the holder is eligible to apply for citizenship of Portugal. The intended candidate will submit the application for citizenship of Portugal at civil registry office. When the civil registry office will approve the application of citizenship, the later process of passport issuance and registration will be handled by SEF. The citizenship of Portugal will be granted to those candidates who meet the following eligibility criterion:

  • If the candidate’s both grandparents or one of the grandparent had Portuguese nationality.

  • If the candidate is under aged and had done one cycle of schooling in Portugal in the past when his parent had been residing in Portugal and had lived for 5 continuous years.

  • If the candidate is PR Card holder and had lived on this card for 5 years continuously.

  • The candidate’s spouse and children are entitled to attain citizenship of Portugal along with the candidate.

  • If the candidate had been married to Portuguese citizen for last three years.

 

Frequently Ask Questions

Quick Facts About Portugal

  • Population

    10.31 million

  • National language

    Portuguese

  • Top 3 religion

    Christianity, Catholicism, No Religion

  • International Students

    N/A

  • Capital

    Lisbon

  • largest 3 cities

    Lisbon, Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia

  • Currency

    1 Euro equals 157.97 Pakistani Rupee

  • Time difference with Pakistan

    Pakistan is 4 hours ahead of Lisbon, Portugal

  • Work rule for International students

    20 hours/week

  • Wages for students

    530 Euros per month

  • Economy

    46th (nominal) Rank

  • Per capita income

    31,490 PPP dollars

  • Immigrant population

    3.13%

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