Portugal Employer of Record Services

Work Permits and Visas in Portugal

Employer of Record Portugal

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Do I need a Work Permit or Visa to work in Portugal?

Whilst Agility EOR does not generally “sponsor” Work Permits (this practice is not always compatible with the EOR/PEO model), we can generally support candidates needing a Portugal work permit.

Anyone planning to live and work in Portugal for more than six months must obtain a Residence Certificate (Certificado de Registo). It is also necessary to obtain a work permit from Portugal if you are not a citizen of one of the EU member states.  

A confirmed job offer is typically required to receive a Portuguese work permit; once granted, applicants can move forward with applying for a Portuguese work visa or residence permit. Five years of continuous residency in Portugal entitles one to permanent residency, and six years entitles one to citizenship.   

In an effort to increase opportunities for EU citizens, Portugal has implemented quotas to limit the number of jobs that go to nationals from third countries. The Institute for Employment and Vocational Training in Portugal (IEFP) requires most jobs to be advertised to Portuguese and EU/EFTA citizens for 30 days before classifying them as jobs that can be freely filled by employees from outside the EU.  

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We are Portugal EOR experts

We have extensive experience helping businesses expand their workforce in the Portugal. Take a look at our areas of expertise below:

Find out how payroll works in Portugal and what you can expect when it comes to salaries, bonuses and tax

Enhance your understanding of what your employee is entitled to when working in Portugal

Learn more about how you can attract and retain staff in Portugal with both statutory and enhanced employee benefits

We deliver a fully managed EOR Service in Portugal, including Payroll, HR and Legal compliance support

Wondering what it’s like to live and work in Portugal? We’ve got you covered in our extensive guide, including the do’s and don’ts


Without Agility EOR, our ability to move quickly and scale would be extremely limited. Superb work from A to Z.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Payrolling the employees is a key part of the service offered by an employer of record company. The EOR will calculate and remit all taxes, social securities and similar payments, on behalf of both employer and employee. The client will be invoiced in advance by the EOR company, for the total cost of the payroll.

Yes. Our clients are free to dictate the structure of the employees’ remuneration including any bonuses or commissions they wish to offer. In some countries, there is a statutory requirement to provide “bonuses”, for example in the form of Christmas or holiday allowances.

Yes. Agility EOR will calculate what pay is due upon termination of an employee, factoring in such things as any untaken leave entitlements.

We find that most of our clients are in the Tech, IT, Finance and Professional Services industries. However, we have acquired the skills, knowledge and experience to help all industries across the globe.

As a private company, we’re not beholden to shareholders or asset-shredding Private Equity targets. We aim to build long-term relationships with our clients. At Agility EOR, our approach is that we never forget that our business is all about people. Our Employer of Record solutions are tailored to each requirement, not a one-size-fits-all tech platform. We do the right thing by our clients and by the laws of each country we operate in. And we believe in openness; if we don’t feel we can offer you the best solution for a specific territory, we’ll say so. 

We pride ourselves on our personable-approach so once you enter your new employees details into our dedicated platform, we’ll arrange a call with you to go through the details of the employment contract where together we can review and amend to your requirements. We liaise directly with your employee to build a rapport and obtain the necessary information to hire them compliantly, and set them up ready for their first payroll.

We never stop delivering! Even if you’re employee has been onboarded and is happily working for you and being paid each month, we’re here to partner with you whenever you or your employees need us. Even your ex-employees may need our assistance for tax documents, proof of employment requests etc… Our service never stops!