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j3jay
6/30/2019 08:06 EST

Is it possible to go to Portugal on a visit and then decide to apply for residency while you are there? I'm selling my house and would not have a definite entry date or housing. Very confused by the process, but would like to live in Porto. Any information would help the scales fall fro my eyes and clarify my thought process. Thanks in advance Judy Boland

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craigandmicki
6/30/2019 08:26 EST

to 'j2jay's question about applying for Residency from Portugal: YES, a lot of people have done it. Follow as much of the guidance as you can from the article here titled "US Citizens Moving to Portugal" and realize you'll need to (a) return to the US to apply in person if the DC consulate isn't your consulate and (b) go to SEF while here to extend your 90 day tourist visa, which you can do in 30 day increments for an additional 90 days. But 180 days is your total allotment for being in the Schengen Area. The people who've done it this way have typically done the FBI background check while in the US, gotten their paperwork together while playing around in Portugal for a month or two, made their appointment at the US consul for a Visa and gone back to apply for the Visa.

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j3jay
7/1/2019 08:56 EST

Thanks so much ! Definitely need someone o navigate for me and I appreciate your reply. Are there expat gatherings in Porto where we can get even MORE insight for moving to Portugal? JUdy

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kvirgil2004
7/1/2019 12:39 EST

It's "possible" but not advisable. Appointments at SEF to extend your visa can take up to months, by then your 180-day visa will have expired and you will have to leave the country anyway. Save yourself the trouble; apply from the States; You're not going to shortcut the Portuguese immigration process by applying there. People are literally flocking to Portugal and SEF is overwhelmed.

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