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Luned
8/9/2019 07:27 EST

I am online trying to set up my SEF appointment. They ask for my phone number. Right now I hvae a SIM card with a 15-day limit. I can't get a permanent number because I'm not at my permanent address yet. Will I be able to go into the SEF system and change my number later if I make an appointment now?

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Luned
8/9/2019 12:30 EST

Also, will there be a problem with the phone number if I can't do that?

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Wallvestor
8/9/2019 12:39 EST

I wouldn't worry about it, I doubt SEF will be calling. They had my Residence card for weeks and did nothing. No call no email. They're too busy to call. And, I've never gotten a text from them like I do from other Portuguese services. Don't worry bout it.

I've tried changing stuff on my online profile, but could not change anything, just my password.

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realspear
8/9/2019 12:41 EST

I've received texts from SEF for every appointment. Separate texts for both me and my wife (we used one phone number for this). Not sure what they do if there is no response but probably better to find a way to change the number.

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Luned
8/11/2019 07:49 EST

Oh, dear. Two different answers. Do you know which one of you dealt with SEF more recently?

Thanks!

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Wallvestor
8/11/2019 08:40 EST

Might be easier to just pay your SIM card carrier enough to keep the number alive till you can deal with it. Or, change the SIM card plan with that carrier to a plan that will keep your number alive. Some carriers will let you pay online, some want you to pay here in PT at payshops and ATMs. Perhaps an acquaintance here can make a payment for you. If so, they could easily do it for you.

In between now and your SEF appointment, I doubt they'll need to contact you. Just keep a good vigil over your web profile and the date for your appointment. Once at the appointment, you can change/add your phone number.

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realspear
8/11/2019 08:46 EST

First residence appointment was a little over a year ago. Second one was three months ago. Both times SEF used text messaging to inform on appointment times. Given that there are equipment breakdowns (one happened while we were at SEF) and random strikes, it's worth knowing that they can get in touch.

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dancebert
8/11/2019 09:05 EST

>... pay your SIM card carrier enough to keep the number alive ...

OP said the SIM card had a 15 day limit. Tourist SIMS usually expire after a set number of days. They can't be topped up. See, for example, in Portugal the Vodafone 15 day data only SIM.

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Luned
8/12/2019 20:35 EST

Thanks. When I went to MEO, they claimed I couldn't get a plan that would keep my number alive until I had a permanent residence. But when I went to Vodaphone a second time (after two trips to MEO also) they came up with a SIM card I could actually top up.

Thanks for all your answers.

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Alekos
8/14/2019 09:26 EST

I'd recommend using a local friend's number. Making changes to a SEF appointment is something you want to avoid.

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