Recognition of foreign phd degree

 

If you completed your PhD abroad it is  mandatory to request its recognition in Portugal to comply with the Portuguese legislation concerning the recognition of foreign qualifications (regulated, since January 1st 2019, by the Decree-Law no. 66/2018; Normative Order no. 33/2019, of January 25th).

You may also request the recognition of your foreign PhD at the University of Lisbon Foreign Qualifications Service.

 

 

Application for working visa and residency

 

If you are a non-european union/european economic area national, please check the Diplomatic Portal of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs  for guidelines on how to apply for a National Visa at the Consular Post of your residential area.

You will be applying under Article 90, Paragraph 1 (Law 23/2007, 4th of July): for a Residence Permit for Teaching, Highly Qualified or Cultural Activity.

The main documentation required is:

  • Official form;
  • Passport or additional travel document;
  • Two passport photos;
  • Criminal record certificate from the country of origin or the country where the applicant is residing for over a year;
  • Work promise and proof of means of subsistence (to be issued by FLUL as soon as the PhD recognition is sent);
  • Invitation letter issued by a research center (to be signed by the Head of the host research center at FLUL)

You should then schedule a meeting at the consular post to submit the documentation and application.

 

If you are a european union/european economic area/switzerland citizen and intend to stay in Portugal for a period exceeding three months, please apply for your Registration Certificate for EU/EEA/Switzerland Citizen 

 

Upon arrival

 

Apply for a Tax Number (NIF): Once in Portugal, you will have to register with the Tax Authorities to have a Tax Number (NIF). You will need it to sign the contract and carry out any official or legal activities in Portugal, such as renting a house, opening a bank account, signing a mobile phone contract, etc.

You may need to schedule a meeting at the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF). Please bear in mind the  Rights and Duties of a Residence Permit Holder

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Salary (indicative) / Living

 

In the table below, three main salary levels are indicated, with all the taxes that apply and the net amount received per month (last column):

  Gross salary (1) Meal subsidy (2) Personal income tax (3) Social Security (4) ADSE (5) Amount received monthly
* (4,77/day) (20% flat rate)** (11% flat rate) (3,5% flat rate)*** (1)+(2)-(3)-(4)-(5)
Junior researcher 2128,34 104,94 425,67 234,12 74,49 1499,00
Assistant researcher 3191,82 104,94 638,36 351,10 111,71 2195,58
Principal researcher 3601,03 104,94 720,21 396,11 126,04 2463,61
             
*In June and in November an extra salary is received (all the taxes referred to above apply. No meals subsidy), so you receive 14 salaries/year.
**For the purpose of this exercice, we use the flat rate that you can benefit as a Non-Habitual Resident. If you don't apply to this regime this rate may differ. 
***Health Care System for Public Officers (optional).        

 

As a researcher, you can acquire a Non-Habitual Resident Status and benefit from a reduced tax regime - For a period of 10 years, taxation related to IRS (personal income tax) is at a fixed rate of 20%. More information here.

 

The cost of living in Portugal is considerably lower than in other European countries. For comparisons see https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/comparison.jsp

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