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How to Get Your First Residence Permit in Portugal

By Susan Stults Korthase

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Summary: Wondering how to obtain your first residency permmit in Portugal? Susan Stults Korthase provides the information that you'll need to make it happen.

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About the Author

Susan moved to Portugal in 2010 following a career in international human resources and consulting. As CEO of Communications Matters, Susan has completed many writing, project management and website optimization projects from the sunny home in Cascais that she shares with freelance photographer husband Craig. Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, International Living and on several blogs.


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Comments

KevinfromKinsaleviaNYC
Jul 6, 2016 11:19

Susan, thanks for your helpful article. I am thinking of purchasing a house in Portugal in order to qualify for a "golden visa". A new policy lowers the required purchase price to €350,000 if the house is more than 30 years old or located in "urban regeneration areas". Do you happen to know where to find such investments and whether they are popular? Also, can you tell me if I can qualify for a Schengen Visa without qualifying for a Portuguese passport? I desire to move to Europe with the full freedom to move freely throughout. Thanks in advance. Kevin

enuzzijr1
Jul 29, 2016 04:52

BE PATIENT! Bring someone that speaks LOCAL Portuguese to help you. I used the professional translation services from a Brazilian born person and we were faced with a barrage of PREJUDICIAL REMARKS! Interesting to say the least ):

bcartmill
Nov 22, 2016 12:47

Does anyone know of a attorney in Portugal that can help us through the process of getting our Temporary Residence Permit or Titulo de Residencia. Thank you

RobertEaston
Mar 3, 2017 10:53

My wife is Canadian, I have British and Canadian citizenship. How would this affect a residency application? Does one us being British (and consequently have, at the moment, free access to the EU) have any effect? Thank you

Fortune80
Jan 24, 2018 09:04

Thank you for this article. I have made it to Part 2, and I have an appointment confirmation email from SEF in Lisbon. I went to SEF to make the appointment in October, and the appointment date is for July. My US visitor visa expires in February, and with a 5-month span of time between the expiration and the appointment, I am concerned about staying here based on an email print-out. Can I leave Portugal and regain entry? Do I need to go somewhere for 3 month? Or can I just sit-tight here in Lisbon? I would prefer not to leave, because that would be another expense I did not plan for in the time this process has taken. Thank you in advance for any opinion you might have.

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