Portugal: residence permit, citizenship and visa

Portugal: residence permit, citizenship and visa

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Topics

  • residence permit for employed workers with a residence visa
  • residence permit for employed workers without a residence visa
  • residence permit for self-employed workers with a residence visa
  • residence permit for self-employed workers without a residence visa
  • residence permit for higher education students
  • for living in Portugal and family reunification
  • family reunification (relative in national territory)

Working in Portugal

Article 88, paragraph 1 – residence permit for employed workers with a residence visa

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

The application for residence title should be scheduled (via an electronic platform – to be implemented for holders of residence visas) and submitted personally on a standard form signed by the applicant or his/her legal representative.

The application may be submitted at any SEF’s directorate or regional delegation, which, after proceedings and decision, will forward it to the directorate or regional delegation of the applicant’s area of residence. Necessary documentation as follows:

Two recent, identical photographs, in colour with blank background, and easily identifiable

Passport or any other valid travel document

Valid residence visa

Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence, as per the provisions of Order number 1563/2007, of 11/12

Evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation

Permission for SEF to check portuguese criminal record – except for under 16 years old

Labour contract under the law in force

Supporting document with the necessary information for checking the registration within tax authority

Supporting document with the necessary information for checking the regular payment of social security

Working in Portugal

Article 88, paragraph 2 – residence permit for employed workers without a residence visa

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

The expression of interest is preferably submitted through the electronic platform (SAPA Portal) and the application is submitted personally on a standard form signed by the applicant or his/her legal representative and may be submitted at any SEF’s directorate or regional delegation, which, after proceedings and decision, will forward it to the directorate or regional delegation of the applicant’s area of residence.

Passport or any other valid travel document;

Evidence of regular entry in Portuguese territory (holder of a valid visa, when required, or entry into Portugal within the period of the visa waiver);

Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence, as per the provisions of Order Number 1563/2007, of 11 December;

Extract from the criminal record from the country of origin;

Extract from the criminal record from the country of residence for more than one year (when not Portugal);

Permission for SEF to check portuguese criminal record;

Evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation;

Evidence of having registered with the Social Security, except in the case of a promised employment contract;

Evidence of registration in the tax authority;

Contract of employment or document issued under article 88, paragraph 2, subparagraph a) of Law n. º 23/2007 of 4 July; OR

Promised employment contract according to the law.

Working in Portugal

Article 89, paragraph 1 – residence permit for self-employed workers with a residence visa

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

The application for residence title should be scheduled (via an electronic platform – to be implemented for holders of residence visas) and submitted personally on a standard form signed by the applicant or his/her legal representative. The application may be submitted at any SEF’s directorate or regional delegation, which, after proceedings and decision, will forward it to the directorate or regional delegation of the applicant’s area of residence. Necessary documentation as follows:

Two recent, identical photographs, in colour with blank background, and easily identifiable (only for appointments at Odivelas, Aveiro or Braga SEF bureau)

Passport or any other valid travel document

Valid residence visa

Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence, as per the provisions of Order Number 1563/2007, of 11/12

Evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation

Permission for SEF to check portuguese criminal record – except for under 16 years old

Evidence of founding of a partnership according to the law, or

Service contract with a company as a liberal professional

Supporting document with the necessary information for checking the registration within tax authority

Supporting document with the necessary information for checking the regular payment of social security during the tax exemption period

Where applicable, written statement issued by the respective professional association on the fulfilment of the conditions to become a member, or declaration confirming that the applicant holds the necessary qualifications to perform a certain profession, provided that profession is subject to certain qualifications in Portugal

Working in Portugal

Article 89, paragraph 2 – residence permit for self-employed workers without a residence visa

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

The expression of interest is preferably submitted through the electronic platform (SAPA Portal) and the application is submitted personally on a standard form signed by the applicant or his/her legal representative and may be submitted at any SEF’s directorate or regional delegation, which, after proceedings and decision, will forward it to the directorate or regional delegation of the applicant’s area of residence

Passport or any other valid travel document;

Evidence of regular entry in Portuguese territory (holder of a valid visa, when required, or entry into Portugal within the period of the visa waiver);

Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence, as per the provisions of Order Number 1563/2007, of 11 December;

Extract from the criminal record from the country of origin;

Extract from the criminal record from the country of residence for more than one year (when not Portugal);

Permission for SEF to check portuguese criminal record;

Evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation;

Evidence of having registered with the Social Security

Evidence of registration in the tax authority;

Evidence of having set a company according to the law, having declared the starting up of a business within the tax administration and social security as a legal person; OR

Contract for services for the carrying out of a liberal profession and statement by the professional association with evidence of the registration (whenever applicable).

Studying In Portugal

Article 91 – residence permit for higher education students

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

The application for residence title should be scheduled (via an electronic platform – to be implemented for holders of residence visas) and submitted personally on a standard form signed by the applicant or his/her legal representative. The application may be submitted at any SEF’s directorate or regional delegation, which, after proceedings and decision, will forward it to the directorate or regional delegation of the applicant’s area of residence. Necessary documentation as follows:

Two recent, identical photographs, in colour with blank background, and easily identifiable (only for appointments at Odivelas, Aveiro or Braga SEF bureau)

Passport or any other valid travel document

Valid residence visa issued under article 62 of REPSAE, except in applications submitted under nº. 4 of article 91.

Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence, as per the provisions of Order number 1563/2007, of 11/12

Evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation

Permission for SEF to check portuguese criminal record (except for under 16 years old)

For living in Portugal and family reunification

Article 98, paragraph 1 – family reunification

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

Application for residence card is scheduled (via an electronic platform) and submitted by the holder of the right to family reunification. May be submitted at any SEF’s directorate or regional delegation, which, after proceedings and decision, will forward it to the directorate or regional delegation of the applicant’s area of residence. Necessary documentation as follows:

Two recent, identical photographs, in colour with blank background, and easily identifiable.

Documentary proof certifying the entitlement to Family Reunification by a foreign citizen holder of a Residence Permit, an EU Blue Card, or the long-term resident status

Authenticated supporting documents proving the family links invoked

Authenticated copies of the identification documents of the applicants family members

Evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation (not applicable to refugees)

Documentary evidence of adequate subsistence means for the applicant and for the family, as per the provisions of Order number 1563/2007, of 11/12 (not applicable to refugees)

Extract from the judicial record in the country of origin or of provenance of the family member (where the family member has been residing for a period exceeding one year) except for under 16 years old

For living in Portugal and family reunification

Article 98, paragraph 2 – family reunification (relative in national territory)

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

Application for residence card is scheduled (via an electronic platform) and submitted by the holder of the right to family reunification. May be submitted at any SEF’s directorate or regional delegation, which, after proceedings and decision, will forward it to the directorate or regional delegation of the applicant’s area of residence. Necessary documentation as follows:

Two recent, identical photographs, in colour with blank background, and easily identifiable

Documentary proof certifying the entitlement to Family Reunification by a foreign citizen holder of a Residence Permit, an EU Blue Card, or the long-term resident status

Authenticated supporting documents proving the family links invoked

Passport or other valid travel document

Evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation (not applicable to refugees)

Documentary evidence of adequate subsistence means for the applicant and for the family, as per the provisions of Order number 1563/2007, of 11/12 (not applicable to refugees)

Permission of the family member for SEF to check portuguese criminal record whenever he/she has stayed in the National Territory for more than one year in the last 5 years (except for under 16 years old)

Extract from the judicial record in the country of origin or of provenance of the family member (where the family member has been residing for a period exceeding one year)

Proof of legal entrance in national territory

Authenticated copies of the identification documents of the applicants family members are not needed if the originals plus the copies are presented locally at the Service Bureau.

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