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My husband and I just moved to Lisbon, Portugal. We are waiting for our first appointment with SEF to switch over from the schengen visa to a temporary residence permit. We would love to meet other people from the forum.

Some Forum Posts:

Portugal: Getting ahold of SEF in Cascais:

Does anyone know how I can get ahold of the SEF office in Cascais? I keep calling their number but no one picks up at 21 482 3520. Is it better to just go in person?

Portugal: Changing Address with SEF versus just waiting until renewal appointment:

I have moved out of my apartment in Lisbon which is the one registered with SEF and am now bouncing around airbnbs in Portugal (to find somewhere longer term that we would like to live) then I am going to travel for a couple months and be back in Portugal full time in April 2018. My 1st renewal expiration is July 11, 2018. Does anyone know the process or fees with not changing the address within 60 days of moving? We have not officially signed a long term lease yet and are trying out different areas of Portugal. My question is can I wait until my renewal appointment to show my new lease or should I make an appointment to change my address before my renewal appointment?

Portugal: Apartment hunting:

Hello, My husband and I remote web developers living in Portugal and are looking for an apartment, if you all hear of anything please let us know, we would more than happy to have you over for dinner and wine or pay a finders fee :) ~At least a T1 ~Around or less 1000-1300 depending on location, if bills and or furniture is included. ~Walking distance(10-30 min walk) to Jardim de Estrella/Principe Real, Santa Catarina/Campo de Orique(these are in order of preferred area). ~We are looking to sign a long term lease soon with move in date starting sometime between December 20 2018 - July 2018 for up to 6 years or less if needed. ~Right now, it is mandatory that the place have a bath tub. ~We would prefer it to be furnished but are ok if it is not ~Depending on amenities, location, bills and size of apartment we could do up to 1300 but would need to be below that price if we have to pay for bills separately and furnish it ourselves. ~We could also buy a place if it is a great deal for up to 250,000 Here is a link to our facebook profiles if you would like to add us or contact us :) Best, Julia & John

Portugal: US passport, temporary redidence permit shengen travel:

Hello, I have a temporary residence permit with Portugal(living off own financial means). Does anyone know if I have access to stay in the other Schengen countries for more than the 3 months? For example, if I went to Italy for 3 months and then Greece for 2 months. Is this allowed as a US citizen / Portuguese resident? I can’t find the answer anywhere when I tried to google it. Thanks ??

Portugal: Temporary Residence Permit Days of Absence:

We were told by the SEF officer that we are allowed 6 months consecutive OR 8 months interpolated time out of Portugal during our temporary residence permits' validity date. Our validity dates are July 2017-July 2018. We already spent a month in the US this August. My husband is convinced that since we already split up our out of the country time(US in August) that we can also spend 6 months consecutive out of the country starting in January. Does anyone know the law on this?

Portugal: Traveling under Regular Residence Visa:

My husband and I want to travel 3 months out of year but don't want to be paying rent in Lisbon during this time. Does anyone know how does it works with SEF and the law of having a lapse in residence during this time? Will this violate or hurt our chances of naturalization by traveling during this time and not officially having a address during the 3 months of traveling? Is possible/legal to pay for a mailbox at a friends house while we travel?

Portugal: Drivers License:

Does anyone know specifically what happens when you try to exchange your drivers license after the 90 days of getting your residence card? Is it just a fine or do you have to take a written and practical exam?

Portugal: Fiscal Card:

My husband and I are trying to import our US motorcycle and it says we need a fiscal card. Does anyone know if we have to order this or if it should come in the mail when we got our NIFs?

Portugal: Days Absent from Country:

Thank you so much for sharing this information about the Permanent residence permit, do you know what the minimum stay requirements are for the TEmporary residence permit?

Portugal: Re entering Portugal:

From my understanding and experience you would have to leave before the 180 days so if you have 7 days left that's all you will get and then you have to leave on or at that 7 day mark the Schengen again for 180 days.

Portugal: Residency Visa Renewal:

Does anyone know if we are legally allowed to travel outside of Portugal like in the Schengen region during the time period of where our residence card and is expired and when we are waiting for our renewal appointment or is it better for us to stay in Portugal during this time?

Portugal: "contract de comodato" for their proof of accommodations:

Has anyone had any experience using a "contract de comodato" for their proof of accommodations for their initial SEF appointment? We are staying at a friends house and a realtor said we could use this but I just wanted to see if anyone here has done this instead of an official rental contract.

Portugal: Proof of Accommodations with a campsite contract:

I know this might be a long shot but my husband and I are camping right now throughout Portugal and just found out that the campsites have yearly "contracts" My husband and I were wondering if anyone thinks these contracts will work for "proof of accommodations" for our first SEF appointment. This would much more affordable than renting long term and would allow us to keep traveling throughout the year. The address would be the campsite business address. Also, we can have mail delivered here and the front office just holds it for us until we come and get it(there are no Unit numbers or "mailbox") but people have mail delivered here all the time. Has anyone done this before or have any advice? Best Julia & John :)

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:

Hello, 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 :) Best, Julia & John

Portugal: Freelance Work/Simplified Regime:

Hello, 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"? Best, 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? Best, Julia :)

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?

Portugal: NIF:

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.

Portugal: Motorcycle Import:

My husband and I already have our American motorcyle(we have owned it more than 12 months) in Portugal on a tourist visa. We just received our schengen visa to go back to portugal and get our residence card. Does anyone know the process of getting a vehicle registered in portugal? I read somewhere that only portugeuse nationals are exempt from duty and VAT, but I have also read that we get 1 duty and VAT free vehicle with the move. Any tips or suggestions? Best, Julia & John :)

Portugal: letter from doctor:

I just applied and got approved through the DC embassy and we didn't need a letter of good health. Apparently they don't need it anymore but I would ask your specific embassy.


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