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.

5 Lawyers Offering Services in Portugal

Testimonials for Visas & Immigration Law
  • Ethan Flower
    Ethan Flower, Porto

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    Nov 29, 2020
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    Michael Knight, Lisbon

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  • Jeroen van de Waal
    Jeroen van de Waal, Portugal

    Prompt and pro-active. Pleasant person to deal with.


    Jul 23, 2020
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    Nicholas Gennaro Sciasci, Lisbon

    Since the beginning, Simone has be extremely helpful in answering our questions and concerns. She is friendly and knowledgeable and gets the work done quickly and efficiently!


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    May 18, 2020
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    Mitra Karimpour, Porto

    She is perfect person that i met in portugal.


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    Mar 19, 2020
  • Mike Ananyin
    Mike Ananyin, Lisbon

    Simone was very helpful in providing all necessary information, tips and detailed advice.  She also helped to move on my questions to the action. She was very understanding professional, she adjusted her schedule to meet my timing demands, which was highly appreciated!


    Feb 04, 2020
  • Sarah Zeidi
    Sarah Zeidi, Lisbon

    Simone was really passionate about her job. She was always available to answer any concern or question.


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    Jan 22, 2020
  • Philip Heymann
    Philip Heymann, Germany

    Highly professional, straightforward and efficient. Everything was just fine.


    Jan 17, 2020
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    Radwan Khattab, Porto

    Professional and service is good.


    Nov 25, 2019
  • Francisco Larrauri
    francisco larrauri, Lisbon

    Simone was very helpful answered all our questions, very professional. We really would like her to help us to obtain the residence in Portugal

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    Nov 19, 2019
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    Sep 07, 2019
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    Braulia Barbosa, Lisbon

    Simone did an excellent job for me and my sister, she is very professional, reliable, with a lot of knowledge - every time I asked a question she had the answer for me.


    She was also very patient with me explaining how every situation works. I highly recommended her and will definitely use her services again. Many thanks to the lawyer Simone, you are a star!


     


    Mar 27, 2019