The D7 Visa and Residency Permit application process at a glance
Obtaining Portuguese temporary residency via this program is a 2-step process: First, you apply for the D7 Visa, which is an “entry stamp” type visa which is valid for 4 months, and allows for two entries into Portugal. This visa allows you to travel to Portugal for your residency permit, which allows you to legally settle in the country.
If your D7 visa is set to expire before the date on which your SEF residency interview is scheduled for, you can still travel on this visa by presenting your SEF interview confirmation letter along with the visa – but more on that later…
The D7 Visa Application Process: Key Steps
Step 1: Contact us by completing the form below.
Step 2: Introduction to your case manager, fee quotation and contract signature.
Step 3: Booking of consular appointment
Step 4: Compilation of application file with your case manager
Step 5: Attend consular appointment
Step 6: Submit full visa application and receive notification of your application outcome within approximately 60 days.
Step 7: Receive your temporary visa (valid for 4 months).
The Residency Permit Application Process: Key Steps
Step 8: Schedule your SEF appointment at the bureau branch closest to where you’re renting or where you’ve bought a home. If you’re using a service provider such as ourselves, we can assist with this, or your local Portuguese embassy can assist.
You can also book it yourself via SEF’s website. You can also view a list of the various SEF services branches here.
STEP 9: Have your core application documents translated into Portuguese, including marriage and birth certificates, if relevant to your application. (Contact us for more on the specific requirements in this regard).
STEP 10: Complete the Portuguese residency permit application form – this is NOT your D7 Visa application form.
STEP 11: Travel to Portugal to attend your SEF interview. The interview typically takes around 20 minutes to complete. You’ll have to authorise the authorities to check your criminal record in Portugal to ensure you’ve not committed a crime since arriving in the country. You’ll also have to supply proof of your tax residency or tax situation;, e.g. a tax clearance certificate from the country in which you’re tax domiciled.
STEP 12: Obtain your Portuguese temporary residency permit (typically issued with 1 to 2 years’ validity, and mailed to your address in Portugal or to the local post office in around 2 weeks).
Step 13: Renew your temporary residency permit every 2 years, and apply for permanent residency or Portuguese citizenship after 5 years (at this point, you’ll be expected to prove real world ties with Portugal and speak intermediate level Portuguese. You’ll also have had to stick to the minimum in-country stay requirements for the first 5 years of holding Portuguese residency status.