"Manifestation of Interest" program for non-EU nationals

Hello everyone,

I am currently exploring the ā€œManifestation of Interestā€ program in Portugal as a non-EU national holding an EU work permit in Bulgaria. As I delve into the application process, Iā€™m considering whether it would be wise to seek the assistance of a law firm.

I would greatly appreciate insights or advice from anyone who has experience with the program or has sought legal assistance for immigration matters in Portugal. Specifically, Iā€™m curious about:

  1. The complexity of the application process and whether legal guidance is recommended.
  2. Any recommendations for reputable law firms or immigration specialists who have expertise in this area.
  3. The potential benefits or drawbacks of hiring a law firm for assistance with the ā€œManifestation of Interestā€ program.

Any firsthand experiences, recommendations, or tips would be immensely helpful as I navigate this process.

Iranka DM.


Hi Iranka!

The process is indeed very complex, and rules may change often.

So, a consultation with a lawyer to clarify what steps you should take could be a good idea (and we may be able to recommend one).

However, hiring a lawyer to take care of the process will be extremely expensive, and there is no assurance of either success or a faster outcome for this way (e.g., ManifestaĆ§Ć£o de Interesse).

If you really want to come to Portugal to do the ā€˜ManifestaĆ§Ć£o de Interesseā€™, I would recommend you join Facebook groups regarding the subject.

Though those groups are unofficial channels, they often have up-to-date information and several tips to succeed with your attempt.

You can find the biggest ones here and here.

Good luck!

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Thank you, Brenda, for the valuable insights!

I would like to discuss this matter further with you. Could you please provide me with your inbox details so we can continue the conversation?

Best regards,

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Hey Iranka,

Unfortunately, I donā€™t know much about ā€˜ManifestaĆ§Ć£o de Interesseā€™ (all that I know was shared here), so I wouldnā€™t offer much help. Itā€™s a very complicated subject, and only those who went through it recently (I never did) are able to explain how to go through the process (thatā€™s why Facebook groups are a great source of information). This is a service that AnchorLess does not specialize in.

All of the information provided here could be considered common knowledge for long-time foreigners in Portugal.

If any new doubts come along, youā€™ll have a higher chance of finding a successful answer by posting here. Thatā€™s why our community is available :smiling_face:

All the best,

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