This article is to answer the questions we received:
The D7 visa is one of the best visa options and is ideal for retirees and entrepreneurs.
The D7 visa is one of the best because you just need to prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Portugal.
Basically, your income must correspond to twelve minimum wages in Portugal. By the way, to start the D7 visa process, it is necessary to have this amount (12 x minimum wage) in a bank account in Portugal.
For example, the minimum wage in Portugal this year (2021) is 665 euros. Therefore, you must have a personal income greater than or equal 12 x 665 euros, that is greater than or equal 7980 euros. But, you must remember that the minimum wage changes annually.
If there are family members, there must be additions in the calculation.
For example, a couple with children must add 50% for the other spouse, plus 30% for each child.
As we speak, you must have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Portugal. In other words, you must prove that you can meet all the requirements.
The most important documents are:
– Proof of regular income or passive income;
– Proof of a place to live.
Anyway, all documents that can prove your income will be necessary or useful, such as bank statements, retirement records, properties, etc.
In addition to these documents, you will need to present all the usual documents for all visas, such as criminal background check, valid travel insurance, passport etc.
You apply for a visa at the embassy (consulate) in your home country.
For example, if you are in the United States, you must go to the embassy (consulate of Portugal) in the United States and start the visa process at the Consulate. The visa process cannot be started in Portugal.
After entering Portugal, you must schedule a visit to the Foreigners and Borders Service – SEF, in Portuguese: Serviço de Estrangeiro e Fronteiras – SEF.
You will have four months to attend the SEF interview. Upon approval of the process, you will receive your residence permit.
Permanent Residence Permit and Citizenship
After five years of residence in Portugal, you will be able to apply for your permanent residence permit. In addition, with five years of residency, you will also be able to apply for Portuguese citizenship.