Portugal: Temporary Residence Permit Process(Proof of accommodations):
My husband and I are in Portugal awaiting our first appointment in September and we have read that one must have proof of accommodations for that appointment. My husband and I are staying at a friends house in Lisbon and I guess just paying her under the table(there is no rental agreement/contract). She does not want to write us up a rental agreement because it is a huge process in Portugal. Does anyone know if she can just write a letter stating we will be staying at her place, and if that will be sufficient proof of accommodations?
Portugal: 4 month Schengen Visa:
I am form the US and have the 4 month Schengen visa. It expires August 12, 2017 and my appointment with SEF for our first temporary residence permit is September 8th, 2017. We wanted to make a trip home around August 12th, 2017 for my brother-in-laws graduation but we don't know the implications of traveling back to the US so close our 4 month expiration date. Does anyone know if we will be let back in the country if we go home and try and come back after the expiration date or if we should even travel so close to the expiration date?
Thanks so much any experience or advice with this is greatly appreciated :)
Julia & John
Portugal: Freelance Work/Simplified Regime:
My husband will be working as a freelancer while we live in Portugal because our accountant said it would be better for our taxes than him being on salary working remotely. We were recommended to file with a "simplified regime" for our taxes and register our business activity & social security. Does anyone know or have any experience doing this? I would like to be able to do as much as we can on our own and only hire someone when absolutely necessary. How do we register his business activity and social security by ourselves? Does anyone know anything about this "simplified regime"?
Julia & John :)
Portugal: Shipping Boxes within the EU:
My father in law, in Amsterdam, just shipped us 2 huge boxes to Libson, does anyone know if these will stopped by customs or will they just come straight to us? last box we had shipped from the US got stuck in customs and we had to pay 100 euros to get it out.
Portugal: Portueguese Passport/Citizenship through Naturalization:
Has anyone (particularly from the US) applied for a Portuguese passport through Naturalization (6 years of legal residence, knowledge of the language at an A2 level, and no criminal record)?
My husband and I are doing the type 1 visa"persons with earnings"/(not the golden visa) and would like to get citizenship after 6 years but want to know the minimum stay requirements in Portugal to qualify? We would also just like to know how this process works?
Portugal: Visa Response Timeline?:
From what I understand. The fiscal representative serves as 1. an address to send your tax bill if a non eu citizen flees the country and leaves an outstanding bill. 2. Also, I think this leave the person liable for the bill so that is why it is hard to get a typical citizen to agree to signing. Just my understanding from visiting the finance office 3 times now trying to get ours without a fiscal representative. Hope this helps. I also think that it doesn't have to be a citizen, we asked one time and the person at the counter just said they had to have a residence permit. I know these can all change based off the person you get at the office, when you go to the finance office and what town you live in but this information was from the Lisbon Saldanha office and the office in Rato, Lisboa. Best, Julia
Portugal: Applying for Visa:
Are you trying to move her permanently? If so, then apply when you are at home. If you just want to stay for more than 90 days and less than 9 months then you can just come on a natural schengen(3 months) and then apply for an extension twice (90 days each). Then you have to go home and apply for the moving "schengen visa(4 months)" I know its confusing because they are called the same thing but they are different. Feel free to message me if you need any help
Portugal: NHR Status and Citizenship:
Does anyone know if my husband and I (we are applying for a persons with earnings/savings) can still be granted citizenship after 6 years if we do the NHR tax scheme?
My husband and I are on our Schengen visa and we just went to go get our NIF and they said we had to have a Portuguese person there to sign for us? Is this true? We heard that the only thing we needed was an entry stamp. Should we try another office or start asking people to go to the office for us?
Portugal: Negatives to living in Portugal:
I love Portugal, and one negative thing is the smoking. I have been all throughout big cities in Europe and have never seen so many people smoking on the street. When I go out when friends, I come home reeking like smoke. I am talking about Lisbon so it may not be like that for other towns.