How to apply for Portugal Job Seeker Visa from Nepal

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You can now apply for Portugal Job Seeker Visa from Nepal. With this, you can stay and search for work in Portugal for up to 6 months.

It is important to note that no official information was released from any Nepali news Media or Government on this matter.

Please Do Not pay blindly for application service before knowing all the information.

Portugal Job Seeker Visa 2024

Portugal Job Seeker Visa Process | Credit: cyrus_ dazzel_official

The job seeker visa allows the holder to gain entry and stay in Portugal solely for job hunting (searching for work). It permits you to engage in a subordinate work activity until the visa expires or a residence permit is issued.

Unlike the UK Seasonal Visa, you can search for work after going to Portugal through IEFP, but you must apply and get a Job Seeker Visa from Nepal or your resident country.

What is the process to Apply for a Job Seeker Visa in Portugal?

To apply for a Job Seeker Visa, you must first fill out an application for a DECLARATION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR IEFP (Institute of Employment and Vocational Training), Prepare the documents mentioned, and then apply for a visa through VFS Global.

  • Application for IEFP Registration
  • Job Seeker Visa from the Embassy of Portugal
    • Online
    • Visit the nearest Portuguese consulate – India.

a. Application for IEFP Registration

Before applying for the Job Search Visa, you must complete an online application for the declaration of expression of interest for IEFP registration.

IEFP in Portugal stands for Instituto de Emprego e Formação Profissional, which in English means the Institute for Employment and Vocational Training.

This is a simple form where you must declare that after entering Portuguese, you intend to register with the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training to look for work.

Basic Personal information will be collected and provided in a PDF through Email; you can download it and include it in visa processing documents.

You can apply for a Work-Searching Visa from Nepal and other countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia.

If Nepalese citizens living abroad intend to apply for this, you must provide extra documents.

The process to fill Online Form for IEFP

IEFP Registration for Portugal | Credit: RP Srijan-Way To Success

Why do you need to register with IEFP?

Through IEFP, you will get information on Job Offers throughout the country (Portugal), which will help you find work sooner. You only need to present your identity document: A passport for foreign nationals.

b. How to apply for a Job Search Visa?

You can either apply form “online” or from the nearest Portuguese consulate.

There is no information on online Appointments or Applications – I will soon update you.

As there is no permanent Portuguese diplomatic representation in Nepal. The Embassy of Portugal in New Delhi monitors matters related to this country. So, you will have to visit there for the application.

Embassy of Portugal in New Delhi, India

Address No 4, Panchsheel Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021, India
Telephone (Consular Section)+(91) 11 4607 1001
Fax+(91) 1146 071 004
E-mail (Visas)[email protected]
E-mail (Consular Section)[email protected]
Coordinates28º 36′ 0.28″ N | 77º 11′ 1.46″ E
Nearest Portuguese consulate for Nepal for Job Seeker Visa

Below is the map of the Embassy of Portugal in New Delhi, India, which Nepalis use. It is about 18 hours’ drive from Pokhara.

The Honorary Consulate of Portugal in Kathmandu, Nepal, will not issue visas.

AddressLaxmi Bank building, Hattisar, Kamalpokhari, Kathmandu, PO Box 6156 Nepal
Phone+ (977) 9818154468
Email[email protected]
DependencyConsular Section of the Embassy of Portugal in New Delhi
Honorary Consulate of Portugal in Kathmandu

1. Documents

You need to prepare these documents before submitting a visa application for a Job Seeker Visa to the Embassy of Portugal,

Other Important Document

  • Birth certificates
  • Birth registration certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Marriage registration certificates
  • Education degrees

These are not required to be submitted in ORIGINAL but need to have a colored photocopy of these certificates & carry the original as well along with the documents.

Documents checklist for the Job Seeker visa in VFX Global for India. – Download Checklist

2. Requirements

Age Limit: The minimum age limit for this visa is 18 years and Above.

Education Qualification: No specific educational qualification is mentioned. You have the option to choose from four years of college or a university degree.

Work Experience: You get the option to show your previous work experience and it also has an unskilled (Not Recommended) option.

You can also select which sector you want to work in in Portugal.

You might need to show your previous work experience certificates.

3. Fees and Cost for Portugal – Job Seeker Visa

The total cost you will pay while applying for the Work Searching Visa in Portugal from Nepal might differ according to your agent.

  • Visa Fee: €90 (Rs 12,664)
  • Bank Statement: €2115
  • Police Report Verification: Rs 500
  • Travel (Two-Ways): Depends on the Agent
  • Travel Insurance: Depends on the Agent
  • Traveling for Document: Depends

Visa Fee: According to VFS Global, the visa fee for Portugal is €90, which in Nepali Rupees as of 12 February 2024 is Rs 12881.58.

Bank Statement: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal clearly states that proof of financial statement is equivalent to three guaranteed monthly salaries of around €2115.

Relative Support: If you have relatives in Portugal who can support you, you do not need to show a financial statement. But they will need to fill out the Term of responsibility form.

Police Report: You can create Police Clearance Certification online, but to verify it, you will need to pay रु500 – Police Report Verification Process.

Travel & Insurance Expenses: A copy of the return transportation ticket is an important document, Travel Insurance, and Travelling Costs (Within Nepal for different documents and Possibly India for Visa Processing) the cost might be different according to the agent you choose.

I usually post with experience, but this post is based only on Internet Research and YouTube. I will try to provide all the necessary information as soon as possible.

If you have information or questions you would like to share, please comment.


  • IEFP Registration: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Portugal
  • Visa Application Form: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Portugal
  • Visa Fee: VFS Global India
  • Term of responsibility form: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Portugal


What is Portugal’s Job Seeker Visa?

The job seeker visa allows the holder to enter and stay in Portugal for job searching. It permits you to engage in a subordinate work activity until the visa expires or a residence permit is issued.

How long can I stay and Search for work in Portugal?

You can get up to 6 months of visa after an extension to search for a job in Portugal, but there are certain conditions.
If your visa application is accepted, you will be granted a job-searching visa for 120 days. If you fail to find any work during this period, you can extend your stay for another 60 days.

What if I do not find any work within 6 months in Portugal?

If your visa expires and you cannot find any company as a sponsor for employment, then you must leave Portugal.

Can I reapply New application for Work Searching Visa in Portugal?

Yes, re-applying is possible, but only If your previous visa for this purpose has expired. You can apply for a new one after one year.

Can I apply for Resident Visa in Portugal after receiving Job Seeker Visa?

When you get a Job seeker visa, the authorities will give you a date for an appointment within the 120 days the visa is valid.
If you get a job during that time, you can use the visa to apply for a temporary residence permit.
But only those who have met the general requirements for the Temporary Resident Permit (TRP), listed in Article 77 of the Law.

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