Residency in Portugal

Relocating to residency in Portugal demands careful planning and local legal support for getting the necessary permit, read from the experts!

Residency in Portugal

For those planning to relocate to Portugal, there are many possibilities to obtain a residence card there. Therefore, the first step is to consider what the best option for you is. For example, a residence permit to study, one to work, or to reside as a citizen of the European Union. The best procedure will be determined according to the person’s circumstances. It is such an important point in planning your move.

Most of the procedure is carried-out at the Portuguese Immigration Office – known as SEF- however, if you are an EU citizen it is done at the local Town Hall.

Brexit and British Citizens Moving to live in Portugal

Up until December 2020, UK nationals are considered as EU citizens. It mean that those who live in Portugal and who intend to remain here after the end of the year, as well as those who, by 31st December 2020, arrive in Portugal with the intention to reside, should register with their local Town Hall (Câmara Municipal) to get their Certificate of Registration.

Registration as a resident must be carried-out by British citizens in order to demonstrate that they are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom, thereby guaranteeing their rights, including the right to work, health cover, education and tax benefits, after the end of the transition period on December 31, 2020.

The residency documents of British citizens who have already registered will continue to be valid.

This residency certificate will be valid for 5 years and to apply for it, a taxpayer number in Portugal, passport and proof of income are enough.

From January, the procedure will have to be done at the Immigration Office, which will be much more bureaucratic and take longer to achieve.

It is therefore recommended that British citizens make their residency applications before this date, in order to take advantage of the simpler and more cost-effective process.

3 Lawyers Offering Services in Portugal

Testimonials for Visas & Immigration Law
  • Claude Waddington
    Claude Waddington, Lisbon

    Claudia went above and beyond to help us, my partner and I have been extremely happy with her responsiveness, effectiveness in sorting everything for us in a very short time. We have compared the service value, and Claudia's services have been the best value for money, and she was very professional.


    Thank you ever so much, we will be return customers.


    Continue being awesome!


    Jan 25, 2021
  • Majid Djavadizadeh
    Majid Djavadizadeh, Faro

    Very helpful ,efficient, profesional and friendly lady.


    Jan 08, 2021
  • Artem Ivanenko
    Artem Ivanenko, Portugal, Porto

    Tiago has been very helpful throughout the process. He assisted promptly with all my requests, his communication was timely. He has been a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend his services to anyone who needs assistance of a true professional. Thanks a lot, Tiago!


    Jan 07, 2021
  • Peter Thomas
    Peter Thomas, Faro

    Teresa (and Tatiana) were excellent from the get go. She responded very quickly to the myriad of questions and helpfully explained the processes she helped with, she went to some lengths to make sure she answered all my questions.


    She was an extremely valuable helper in an otherwise confusing sea! Not to mention, great value for money for the fast and effective services she provided. Thank you again, Teresa.


    Jan 07, 2021
  • Rachel Stevenson
    Rachel Stevenson, Lisbon

    Teresa is very helpful with her advice and is good and responsive on emails. Will definitely get her to help with any legal matters in the future.


    Jan 05, 2021
  • Sarah Bridge
    Sarah Bridge, Porto

    I am delighted to have found Tiago to help me and my husband through the complex and arduous process of obtaining a Visa in Portugal.


    He speaks and writes in English at a high level. He is careful, deliberate, thorough, and prompt in his work. He has a high level of integrity. I have learned to trust him completely.


    Best of all, he is a kind person. It’s easy to talk with him and I find I feel energized and positive after our conversations. I’m very satisfied with the service, the price and the results.


    Dec 17, 2020
  • Ethan Flower
    Ethan Flower, Porto

    We are so happy with Tiago and his wonderful help. He made everything simple and made sure we accomplished all that we needed. He was very careful and went above and beyond. Everyone has to use Tiago!


    Nov 29, 2020
  • Krzysztof Wiszniowski
    Krzysztof Wiszniowski, Porto

    Very responsive and helpful.


    Oct 30, 2020
  • Fernando Alvarado Jacobs
    Fernando Alvarado Jacobs, Aveiro

    Teresa responded to my request immediately and understood directly and fully my case. Besides the description I gave about of my case, she "read between the lines", and got both the whole picture and every single detail.


    She then very quickly went to the practical phase, and solved everything correctly and very fast. During the whole process Teresa was very friendly, easy to deal with, professional and at the same time personal. I will definitely continue to consult her.


    Oct 23, 2020
  • Christian Figueroa
    Christian Figueroa, Aveiro

    Excellent service and professional attention, the level of advice shows that the lawyer truly cares about his client.


    Oct 14, 2020
  • Ralph Higgs
    Ralph Higgs, São Pedro de Tomar

    Teresa was incredibly quick, and never lost an opportunity to speed something up. We'd never have thought it possible to purchase a house in so short a time, let alone in a strange country!


    Sep 29, 2020
  • Adrien Zalberg
    Adrien Zalberg, Aveiro

    Super happy with my new lawyer

    Teresa is very helpful


    Aug 28, 2020
  • Antonio Romani
    Antonio Romani, Aveiro

    From the first contact, she has been very professional, informative and provided an excellent service at a reasonable cost—fast and accurate work.


    I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone requiring legal services.


    Aug 07, 2020
  • Alex Anderson
    Alex Anderson, Coimbra

    Teresa is an actual profesional. She detected problems and possible dangers, saving me a lot of money and stress. I have a lawyer now that i know represents my interests. This means i have peace of mind and someone to go to for help.


    I really could not do this without Teresa. first place, first class lawyer. I will remain a client and in the future when I start a company I will rest easily knowing Teresa is protecting and advising me. Thank you again.


    Jul 22, 2020