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Expatlisbon replied to the thread Anyone Apply for Residency Card while in Portugal? on the Portugal forum:
kctrani156 initially posted:
We are currently in Lisbon for 2.5 months and have decided that we want to apply for the Residency Permit/Card so that we can stay here longer than 6 months. We have communicated with the Portuguese Consulate in NJ and know the docs required for submission to them, only to be sent to SEF for approval. Has anyone applied while here in Portugal? Is it possible? Any tips for us? We did go to SEF, but since the agent spoke poor English and we don't have a good command of Portuguese yet, they encouraged us to just apply for the 90 day extension in Jan. All suggestions are appreciated. Our plan is to live in Praia do Luz as of mid-December.
Expatlisbon replied 3 hours ago with:
Thanks, I had a meeting this am and hope to hear back soon after my documents are reviewed. The very impressive Daniel Reis of Eimigrante is assisting me.
ofilha replied on March 30, 2015 with:
we did it ourselves and did not need an attorney. You just need to fill out a form then go to sef( servicos dos estrangeiros e fronteiras) or find a loja de cidadao in your area. It took my wife about half hour to see the official and have the form filled out then we just waited for a month and she received her permanent residence permit. Attorneys are okay but you really do not need them for this.
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: Thanks to Susan Stults Korthase for this helpful overview of current requirements to begin the process of obtaining a Residency Visa when moving from the US to Portugal. Note: Information Updated January 2015. (Continue)
A reader replied on March 30, 2015 04:03 with:
Great article Susan! Once we get the residence permit, how long do you have to actually reside/rent in Portugal? Can it be less than a total of 6 months? We want to travel throughout Europe & use Portugal as our base. And spend close to 6 months in the US & potentially Canada.
sasha7 replied on March 26, 2015 21:03 with:
That is good to know I can use my ATM to satisfy that requirement. Sorry for all the questions but I am getting close to setting up my embassy appointment and have another. How long after getting my visa approved and stamped with "temporary resident visa" do I have before I must go to Portugal to see the SEF? In other words after getting my passport stamped with the visa from the embassy can I wait a few months before I get on the plane to Portugal or do I have to go right away? Thanks again for all your help!
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tommaria posted Azores on the Portugal forum on March 28, 2015:
Husband and I buying a home in Terceira, Azores, was wondering if any expats or others living there temporarily, who either chat about their experiences there or have a meeting place for coffee, including military in Lages.
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Lmmkea posted Reference Required for Residency Visa on the Portugal forum on March 25, 2015:
I am in the process of submitting my initial paperwork for a residency VISA and I am doing this from the states and without a trip to Portugal, so I have run into a few snags but I am working through them one by one. The biggest hurdle how is this: Has anyone ran into the challenge of finding a reference when they were submittting the initial paperwork for a residency VISA? One of the requirements on the list I received from the SF Consulate was this: REFERENCE IN PORTUGAL, PREFERABLY THOSE WHO WOULD STAND AS GURANTORS We only need one reference who can be your lawyer, power of attorney, land lord, Dean of Admissions etc. who are Nationals of the European Community or hold Permanent Residence in Portugal. Have them indicate their name, address, phone number, citizenship – Include Copy of National ID or Residence. I did email them for some clarification and they responded with: Your reference has to be either an EU citizen or foreigner possessing residence permit. They can be a friend, your attorney, your land lord, your real estate agent, anyone who is willing to be your reference and available to be called on by our immigration agents in Portugal as part of the verification process of your application and support documents. Any thoughts, suggestions on how to get past this or ideas on how to get one?
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ofilha replied to the thread Tax Liability on the Portugal forum:
TheWolfs initially posted:
As a US citizen investigating a possible move to Portugal, would any of the following be taxable in Portugal: IRA withdrawals, investment dividend earnings, US Social Security benefits?
ofilha replied most recently with:
The residancy card is helpful with access to the health clinics. There may be other benefits i am not aware. It takes a month to get it after filling out paper work. I think that if you spend more than 6 months you are considered a resident for tax purposes, but as i said, if you pay taxes in the US it won't have to pay them here.
sasha7 replied most recently with:
That was very helpful. Thank you!
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ofilha replied to the thread Expats on the south coast on the Portugal forum:
jordan6223 initially posted:
Can anyone tell me if there are (many) expats living in Olhao, Faro, Quarteira, Albufeira, Portimao, Lagos. We need to check out the area in May (may want to live there next year) and my wife, who is English, would like to be able to speak English with others from England. We would be renting long term preferably at sea and not too far from airport to England. Love to hear from you. Thanks.
ofilha replied most recently with:
There are quite a few english speaking expats in Algarve and in Faro. Faro has an airport that has daily flights to everywhere in europe.
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adminee posted Post a Message of Support for France on the Portugal forum:
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