Portugal: Anyone in Caldas da Rainha?:
Hello Folks, We'll be staying near Caldas da Rainha this December and we'd love to meet up with any Americans living in that area. Please pm me. Thanks, Terri G.
Portugal: Thoughts on Foz do Arelho:
Anyone here live in or near Foz do Arelho? I ask because it's one of several places on our radar for moving to next year and I'd love to get impressions from folks with firsthand knowledge about it. Feel free to pm me. Thanks, Terri
Portugal: Financial Means Test/Subsistence:
Xabay he lives in Canada not Portugal, thank goodness!
Portugal: Car rental:
We'll be driving some in Europe next May so I've been looking at this site for both car and travel insurance:
Portugal: Photo of a Canada or USA Residence visa:
Gosh it sounds like the process has been quite challenging for you. Perhaps things are very different in Canada than here in the US, like the process here varies from consulate to consulate. When I wrote to the San Fran office (saying that we plan to retire to Portugal), I was told the following:
"We do ask that you use the Schengen form as indicated. Not all fields are appropriate for long term applicants and it is ok to mark NA as necessary. We will make the necessary corrections on our end so the appropriate visa for retirement is processed, not Schengen."
There is no type listed on the application form but a spot marked "other" where you'd list retirement as the purpose of the journey.
Good luck in your travels and do keep me posted on your progress! Terri
Portugal: Long term Portugal resident's comments to me:
What's wrong with this picture is that you are making assumptions about people you don't even know and are basically chastising them in public for making what you think are bad decisions. I do take this very seriously and I realize that any move abroad won't be easy. That's why I'm doing all this research and why I joined here; to ask questions, read, and learn. But you need to realize that not everyone will follow the same path you did. Seriously how many of us can retire in our 40's? You keep saying that many won't "stick." I'd like to know the percentage of those who don't stick because they miss their kids and grand kids back home. If we go in realizing that the move will be difficult and that we may not decide to stay, then why keep pushing the issue? Anyway I'm done here. If anyone can add useful thoughts and comments to my post on Ablufeira, please do so.
Portugal: Albufeira Info:
My husband and I plan to rent in or near Albufeira while we work on getting our residence permits, so any advice and tips about that area are most welcome. In particular, we'd like to know about experiences with the SEF office.
If you live there or have lived there in the past, what did you like about it? Alternately, what did't you like about it or feel it was lacking?
Portugal: Is the Algarve reasonable living:
OldPro since you've posted so much in the Portugal forum, I suspect most of us think you live there. Have you ever and where? How long ago? I'm sure many things have changed over 30 years including the ins and outs of getting a visa and residency permit.
Portugal: Why I joined:
I'm posting this in response to the recent negativity and unkind comments that have been posted of late in the other topics. Just to be clear, my husband and I are doing a TON of research in the process of deciding if retiring in Portugal is something we wish to pursue or not. However, reading the steps involved is very different from hearing the first-hand experiences of others who have gone through the process. And when consulates require different things (as the one in SF does), it is very helpful for those things to be shared here. Also, what may seem like a dumb question to one person, can help others, so if anyone must be negative, please do it in a PM rather than for all to see. I'm here to learn, help others (if I can), and hopefully make some new friends. Thanks for reading this and good luck to all!
Portugal: Non-habitual residence regime:
I've looked over the link you posted and I don't see anything about the non-habitual residence regime (which I thought was a program in Portugal not the US.) Am I missing something?
Portugal: Visa application fee?:
Are you talking about your type 1 permanent residency visa that you obtain here in the US or your residence permit that you obtain once you're in Portugal?
Portugal: Too many messages:
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Portugal: Car Buying:
Hello All, Does anyone have any experience buying a car in one EU country then driving it to another? I ask because the best place for us to start our new adventure in Portugal is Amsterdam. (That's the best choice for flying our dog abroad and we have friends who speak/write both Dutch and English who can help us get a car.) I assume we would need to obtain temporary registration for NL then register it when we get to Portugal. Would it be considered an import and be subject to tax? Any help is much appreciated. Thanks, Terri
Portugal: What is SISA?:
I ran across the following in my research about buying a home in Portugal. Can anyone tell me what SISA is?
If you’ve purchased a property and paid SISA, you may be exempt from paying property tax for up to ten years, depending on the property’s fiscal value. To qualify the property must be occupied within six months of signing the deeds, the owner must be a permanent resident and the property owned in the name of a private individual (not a company).
An application for exemption must be made to the local tax office within 90 days of the completion of the sale. If you make a late application or pay property tax when it isn’t due, you cannot claim a refund or extend the exemption period, which runs from the date of completion. If you sell within the exemption period, a subsequent owner can also claim an exemption from property tax.
Thanks, Terri G
Portugal: Insurance costs for persons over 60:
Can anyone over 60 and retired please give me a general idea of what they are paying for private health insurance? I've gotten two quotes so far (Cigna and Aetna) and they range from $650/month for hospitalization only for me and my husband to $18,000/year for full coverage (except dental and vision.) Yikes! I've tried to get a quote from Medal but the online form doesn't seem to be working. Any help is most appreciated. Terri
Portugal: MANDATORY reference/guarantor. HELP!!!:
I recently asked the SF consulate to clarify a few points for me. Here's what they wrote back:
"Couples and or families, only one files, the spouse and children obtain their permit directly from SEF when the one member has successfully been granted their visa or have already secured their own permit.
We do ask that you use the Schengen form as indicated. Not all fields are appropriate for long term applicants and it is ok to mark NA as necessary. We will make the necessary corrections on our end so the appropriate visa for retirement is processed, not Schengen." They are aware that my husband and I wish to move to Portugal to retire. There process seems backwards from the rest. Good luck and I hope things work out for you!
France: Moving to France - Utilities, internet, banking, etc:
OldPro: If you are coming from an non-EU country like the USA, you have to have an address and a return plane ticket to even get a residence or long-term visa, so your advice here is very misleading to folks.
Portugal: Retire in Lisbon or Cascais?:
Xabay I am curious about the longtermlettings site as well as they appear to rent places that take pets. Let me know how your dealings with them go. Thanks, Terri
Portugal: Advice on Shipping Household Goods to Portugal:
This is great info but I'm curious where it came from. I've looked all over the Portuguese Embassy site and I don't see anything about import taxes. I'd like to read the most current regulations. Any idea where I should start to locate them? Thanks