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ProfBren replied to the thread update on cost of living on the Portugal forum:
bluewind initially posted:
I'm a little confused about how much it would take to have a fairly comfortable life in Portugal. I currently make around $2500 usd a month living as a single male in Florida. That will go up a little once I start collecting social security in a few months. I have researched this topic to death and posted the same question on other sites, but keep getting different responses from that would be a tight budget to that is plenty for a single person to live on. Now, if I look at it as euros, than I know that isn't much. Could someone please help me to get a more clearer picture of whether this amount is doable or do I need to rethink my plan. Thanks
ProfBren replied on July 09, 2014 with:
The visa was less. We did not have to put a certain amount in the bank, like the $5000 plus $2000 for each dependent. We not have to have a lawyer. It was a lot of work on our own but saved a lot also. We had to show proof of income and an FBI finger print process which is much more difficult than the department of justice, lots of patience. Also the rents are a lot less here. The utilities are less because you don't need as much air conditioning.
LovetheBeach replied on July 08, 2014 with:
ProfBren, what is less expensive? The visa or the cost of living in Portugal? Where in Portugal do you live? Can you speak to the cost of living there? Thank you!
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craigandmicki posted Advice on Shipping Household Goods to Portugal on the Portugal forum on July 09, 2014:
A duty-free shipment of personal household goods is allowed within the first year of moving to Portugal. You need your Temporary Residency Card, which is the first document you get to remain in Portugal beyond 90 days. 1. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED a.Passport (original) b."Certificado de Bagagem" issued by Portuguese Consulate c.Inventory (in Portuguese, bearing the stamp from the Portuguese Embassy in the USA, in duplicate and signed and dated by the customer) d.If motor vehicles are included in shipment, they should also be listed on the inventory e.Value of the inventory (for Customs purposes) f. Serial number, brand name and description of major electrical appliances g. "Atestado do Residençia" (proof of entitlement to reside in Portugal) h. Either Deed to property you own, a Work Permit or Residency Permit i. Declaration of ownership of goods, signed by the customer and witnessed by a Notary Public stating goods are the customers' own possessions 2. CUSTOMS REGULATIONS a. CUSTOMER MUST BE PRESENT IN PORTUGAL PRIOR TO SHIPMENTS ARRIVAL FOR CUSTOMS INSPECTION b. Shipment must arrive within 365 days of arrival and normally within 120 days of issue of the "Certificado de Bagagem" c. Only one shipment allowed without special permit; If more than one shipment, detailed inventory must be submitted for each shipment with the first shipment d. If shipment originates from more than one place, separate inventory must be submitted for each origination point e.All shipments must be cleared through same Customs office in Portugal f. Household goods must correspond in quantity to the social standing of the customer 3. DUTIABLE/RESTRICTED ITEMS a. New items (less than six months old) or items not showing obvious signs of use (do not pack in manufacturer's cartons) b. Electrical appliances and electronic items must be shown on the inventory with make, serial number, etc. c.Tobacco products d.Antiques Above items should be loaded near container doors for easy access by Customs e. A reasonable quantity of wine and spirits in a household goods import equivalent to the contents of a normal domestic wine rack and cocktail cabinet 4. PROHIBITED ITEMS a.Firearms, weapons and ammunition (up to a caliber of 7.62mm requires a special permit, anything over is prohibited) b.Drugs and narcotics c.P**nographic material d.Gold in bars e.Perishable foodstuff f.Alcohol g.Games of chance 5. MOTOR VEHICLES Vehicles that have been in possession of the customer for at least six (6) months can be imported. Duty and tax will be applied on all cars. The duty and tax rates vary based on year, make, model, and engine size. The duty and tax rates are very high.Documentation needed: a,Original registration b.itle c.International driver's license d.Insurance document PETS Certificate of Health issued by a veterinarian no more than four weeks prior to the date of entry of the pet in Portugal NOTE - Customs regulations of Portugal are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to Portugal. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, double check with your local embassy or consulate before you make your move to Portugal.
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alexandracabral replied to the thread Long term rentals in Porto area on the Portugal forum:
bdprobst59 initially posted:
We are planning on retiring in the Porto area in early 2015, and would like to establish contact with reliable, professional agencies which can help us look for and secure a rental apartment or cottage. Any suggestions from expats who have found good people to work with would be most appreciated! Also, any estimates on what one or two bedroom apartments or cottages would rent for would be welcome. Thanks in advance for all you help. We look forward to being in the Porto expat community in the near future! B&Stravelers
alexandracabral replied on July 08, 2014 with:
Hi, first let me congrat on the retire and the great decision of moving to our country! I would like to introduce our home that we now have a available for short term rental, in case you want to visit prior to your final arrival, we are glad to host you, who knows if you like it so much that you rent it for a longer run...https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3379427 hope to hear from you! rgds Alex
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pickmeup replied to the thread France to Portugal on the Portugal forum:
pickmeup initially posted:
pickmeup - Dordogne Hi Cheese cake, Thank you for your quick response and the useful information you have provided us with. The various expat forums we have been on. We find the information very confusing regarding the healthcare. My husband is still French registered self-employed plumber although he is pensionable age. He does have a heart condition and on medication, he has yearly check-ups under a heart specialist and holds 100% certification regarding medication and medical fees. We use the French Health care system. However, it does not stop him from working. The doctors here are very happy for him to continue working. We pay our taxes like everybody else. There are so many questions we would still like to ask you. Would my husband still able to continue with yearly check-ups under a heart specialist and would he still receive 100% for medication and medical fees? What is the bottom line regarding state health care in Portugal? Would we still get the same as we do in France or would we have take out extra insurance. We have a French registered car and we hold French driving licenses. When will we have to change the registrations, licenses etc? Would my husband still be able to continue working as a registered plumber amongst the expat community? Re-register under the Portuguese authorities Could you let us know the areas around you where the property prices are low? We would prefer out of the towns. We are working on a bit of a budget. I know you have taken the plunged after 22 years in the Dordogne. We just want to make sure we cover everything. Not sure if it possible to email each other. Thank you for your help, much appreciated The various expat forums we have been on. We find the information very confusing regarding the healthcare. My husband is still French registered self-employed plumber although he is pensionable age. He does have a heart condition and on medication, he has yearly check-ups under a heart specialist and holds 100% certification regarding medication and medical fees. We use the French Health care system. However, it does not stop him from working. The doctors here are very happy for him to continue working. We pay our taxes like everybody else. There are so many questions we would like to ask Would my husband still able to continue with yearly check-ups under a heart specialist and would he still receive 100% for medication and medical fees? What is the bottom line regarding state health care in Portugal? Would we still get the same as we do in France or would we have take out extra insurance. We have a French registered car and we hold French driving licenses. When will we have to change the registrations, licenses etc? Would my husband still be able to continue working as a registered plumber amongst the expat community? Re-register under the Portuguese authorities Could you let us know the areas around you where the property prices are low? We would prefer out of the towns. We are working on a bit of a budget. . We just want to make sure we cover everthing.
pickmeup replied most recently with:
How to edit? Please take out cheese cake.
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I'm a single male, in good health and have an income of about $2500 US per month. I would like to either purchase or rent long term an apt not to far from the beach areas. I'm curious about the year round weather as well as it's my understanding that living in land is far less expensive than in the resort type areas. A major city is not out of the question either. I just don't want to go there and be disappointed and wind up coming back. I also would like to possibly ship an auto there as well. I know it's expensive to own and maintain a vehicle there but I would like to travel around and see all parts of the coastal areas of the country.
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alexandrashaw posted A Place In The Sun (Channel 4) on the Portugal forum:
A Place In The Sun (Channel 4) is now looking for a British expat couple living up to 30 minutes from Coimbra to take part in our next programme. We are particularly interested in speaking to expats who have taken on a countryside renovation project and built their dream rural retreat in Portugal. If you are interested in being involved, please e-mail alexandra.shaw[at]aplaceinthesun.com Thank you!
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craigandmicki replied to the thread Renewing residency visas on the Portugal forum:
autumndtexas initially posted:
I just read Susan Kortase's article on United States Citizens Moving to Portugal. I would like to know if Type I residency visas are granted for the first year, is the process for the 2 year renewal completed in Portugal or does one have to return to the US? And if completed in Portugal, is the process as rigorous as the initial process?
craigandmicki replied most recently with:
Thanks for reading my article and for letting me reply to your questions. 1. I think you might be asking about the Visa Type --defined by your reason for staying in Portugal longer than the initial 90 days. If you are, go to this link: http://www.embassyportugal-us.org/Embassy_of_Portugal/Residency_Visa.html 2.Visa Renewals are completed in Portugal, without the need to return to the USA. 3. Reapplication is as rigorous as the initial application, but you're accustomed to it and the pain seems less! Most of the documents required for the initial application are required for each renewal, except that the US Criminal Record is replaced by a Portugal Criminal Record. You can authorize the SEF to obtain your Portugal Criminal Record for you. Please let me know of other questions.
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fofiex posted Changing my life, moving to Portugal on the Portugal forum:
Hi, my name is Adolfo, 31 years old guy who have decided to relocate to Portugal, I have a portuguese passport but really want to make some friends before I arrive and also want to get some tips on EVERYTHING you should think before moving. My ticket is bought so there would be no change on plans, only want tips to make my arrival and climatizacion as smooth as possible. I speak native english and spanish. Your info will be very appreciatted, I am moving from Panama City, central America. I have never been in Portugal so I need to make sure I have registered to every goverment institution in order to be able to work and have a bank account. I use a lot of my cellphone data, so would love to know whats a good cellphone carrier and a good bank where i can open my account. My personal email is me@fofiex.com feel free to email me to introduce ypurselves.
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alexandrashaw posted A Place In The Sun (Channel 4) on the Portugal forum:
A Place In The Sun (Channel 4) is looking for a British expat couple to take part in an interview with our presenter to talk about their experiences of moving to and living in Portugal. We are specifically looking to speak to couples living in or around Obidos on the Silver Coast. If you are interested in being involved, please send your contact details and a short description of the reasons for your move to alexandra.shaw[at]aplaceinthesun.com Thank you!
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