Family Reunification Visa in Portugal

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Excellent service, very quick to explain all procedures and possible outcomes. Once our lawyer began, the service was extremely professional and thorough, with clear communication at every stage. The problem was dealt with in a very short time, I could not ask for better or more professio... Read More

Excellent service, very quick to explain all procedures and possible outcomes. Once our lawyer began, the service was extremely professional and thorough, with clear communication at every stage. The problem was dealt with in a very short time, I could not ask for better or more professional service.

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Service Details

Family Reunification Visa

Available in the following locations: Aveiro, Castelo Branco, Faro, Lisboa, Lisbon, Portimao, Porto, Viseu

* If your local town is not listed, a lawyer from our nearest office will be happy to assist you.

Who Is This Service For?

If your spouse/civil partner or simply partner* are Portuguese or are from an EU country living in Portugal and legally resident here, and you wish to join them you may also apply for residency as a family member of a Portuguese or EU citizen who are allowed to have residence in Portugal.

Dependant children under the age of 18 as well as dependant parents may also apply for a residency visa.

This can be a very interesting option for British citizens – post-Brexit – if you have access to an Irish or other EU passport, by virtue of having a parent or grandparent who was born in that country.

While the holder of the passport will have an automatic right to reside in Portugal – by virtue of their EU citizenship - their partner and dependant children can use this visa application process to also reside legally in Portugal. The visa also grants the right to work in Portugal.

* Family reunification is allowed in relation to a non-marital partner whether the partner is inside or outside national territory, provided that the relationship is recognised under the law (Regulation Decree Nº84/2007, November 5.

What Does This Service Consist Of?

  • An initial discussion with lawyers highly experienced in making successful applications for family reunification residency visas
  • Assistance and advice on the documentation required and completing the forms to ensure the application(s) is/are approved
  • Assistance upon arrival with obtaining foreign residency cards
  • Act as your Fiscal Representative in Portugal and obtain an NIF number on behalf of the applicant(s)
  • Accompany the applicant to the appointment with the relevant government department to collect the residency permits once approved
  • Advise and assist with your application for Non-Habitual Residency Status in Portugal which entitles you to tax-free foreign-sourced income for a limited period (Pension income taxed at 10%)
  • Assist with renewal of the visa after expiry of initial visa
  • Long-term assistance with all legal and tax related compliance matters in Portugal

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

Why choose Advocate Abroad?

Our Lawyers

Barbara, Lawyer in Lisbon
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Barbara has spent her legal career specialising in assisting foreign clients who wish to relocate to Portugal. Accordingly she is an expert on all areas related to immigration, property matters as well as the tax implications for those who wish to simply emigrate to Portugal as well as those who wish to set-up businesses here. Barbara is fully registered and regulated by the Portuguese Bar Association and speaks English fluently.

Cláudia, Lawyer in Castelo Branco
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Cases completed 48

I am a Lawyer, working independently for 7 years now. I have experience in family law, property, public deeds, criminal law and general matters. I'm m... Read More

I am a Lawyer, working independently for 7 years now. I have experience in family law, property, public deeds, criminal law and general matters. I'm my work I sometimes do translations and certifications of foreign documents. I although have experience in teaching.

Customer Reviews

Odete Lauritzson Sep, 20 2022

Claudia was very helpful in dealing with my queries of dealing with receiving inheritance and drafting POA's for my brother. She invested a lot of additional time trying to understand the needs of the banks in drafting the POA that is needed to show the different banks.

I would definitely use Claudia again for other Portuguese law related matters.

Leonard Baker Aug, 17 2021

We found Claudia a pleasure to work with from beginning to end. The reason being is that she was competent and helpful at all times. She was efficient without being pushy.

She also worked very logically and systematically making sure everything was achieved in a stress free manner. And she was friendly!

Connor Gray, Castelo Branco Aug, 16 2021

Claudia went to every effort to help with our cases. We first asked her to help us with our property purchase and she was exactly what we needed as we didn't really have a clue what we were doing.
The sale went through absolutely pain-free and we were so happy we asked her to continue on to advise on our residency.

Unfortunately we hit complications but only due to the current global issues, Covid19 & Brexit, So we had to return the the UK. But even during all of that she kept us up to date, well informed and we really felt we had her on our side.

I will be staying in touch with Claudia when we return, I would use her services again and I would (and have) happily recommend her to friends.

Claude Waddington, Lisbon Jan, 25 2021

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!

Abigail Stancliffe-Vaughan Dec, 17 2022

Claudia is friendly and funny and also very professional. She gave us honest straight answers at all times and advised where needed. Our estate agent behaved very badly and she was calm and measured about this whilst keeping us fully informed.

Anthony Wroe Jan, 31 2023

Claudia has been very professional and has gone above and beyond in assisting in a house purchase. She has been very patient and has always made herself available at the earliest opportunity when questions have arisen.

I couldn't fault her at any point during our business, and will use her again when we look to move to Portugal in the near future.

Leonard Baker Mar, 11 2023

Very competant and a lovely person too. Very efficient. Very knowledgable.

Diana Maria, Lawyer in Porto
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Diana is a lawyer whose areas of expertise encompass tax planning, company set-up, immigration and property matters. While Diana spent her early life in China, she is originally from Oporto, Portugal. She returned and graduated from the University of Coimbra. Diana has participated in various M&A transactions, having gained a broad understanding in cross-border corporate matters. She works alongside UK, Portugal, France, Germany and many countries in Africa in cross-border contracts for fiscal optimisation.

Elsa, Lawyer in Lisbon
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Elsa has been running a private legal practice since 2004, assisting both national and international clients in civil and business legal matters. In a... Read More

Elsa has been running a private legal practice since 2004, assisting both national and international clients in civil and business legal matters. In addition to her primary law degree, Elsa later obtained a Master’s Degree at the University of Austin, in the United States, with a postgraduate doctorate in international trade as well as mediation, arbitration and negotiation.

Customer Reviews

Erika Samis Mar, 08 2023

Very kind, understanding, helpful, and responsive. I really appreciated Elsa's efforts on my case.

Laura, Lawyer in Lisbon
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Cases completed 47

Laura is a registered lawyer with the Bar Association of Portugal. Coming from a family background of lawyers, Laura has learned quickly the value of ... Read More

Laura is a registered lawyer with the Bar Association of Portugal. Coming from a family background of lawyers, Laura has learned quickly the value of in-depth knowledge and expertise in a restricted number of legal fields. She specialises in matters of property law, family law as well as criminal law and immigration matters.

Customer Reviews

Joseph Costa, U.S. Aug, 16 2021

Laura was great. Of course I was hesitant sending money overseas to someone I didn't know but after speaking to Laura I was at ease.

Laura always responded to my emails and when I informed her that I never received my paperwork in the mail, there were no questions and she sent out more paper special delivery which I received within a week.

If need be I would contact Laura to have work done and will advise any friends to do the same.

Clifton Fernandes, Lisbon Jan, 25 2021

One of the most responsive and helpful professionals. Very well versed with the laws. Absolutely most recommended.

Chris Greve, Lisbon Jan, 14 2021

Fast and helpful service.

Pedro Castro, London Oct, 01 2020

Great service and professionalism.

Teresa, Lawyer in Faro
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Teresa read law at the University of Coimbra. She is specialised in civil law, contracts, property and inheritance case, with more than 10 years repre... Read More

Teresa read law at the University of Coimbra. She is specialised in civil law, contracts, property and inheritance case, with more than 10 years representing international clients. She holds a postgraduate degree in Banking, Stock Exchange and Insurance Law and also holds the specialization course leading to the degree of Master of Corporate Law. A well-known speaker, Teresa's research focuses on issues of economic and financial law, as well as fundamental rights. She speaks English fluently.

Customer Reviews

Edwin Roberts Oct, 04 2022

Teresa and her team were immediately very responsive to our inquiry and remained as such throughout their service.

Teresa's team clearly understood our needs and objectives and through their network of established local contacts, they were able to accomplish our goals timely and with professionalism and competence.

Teresa always offered to make herself or her team available to respond to any questions or concerns that we might have had, and has stayed in touch with us to offer support throughout the visa process. Teresa clearly exceeded our expectations based on your evaluation criteria listed above.

We will no doubt have additional legal matters in the future and will have no hesitation Teresa to assist us with a range of Portuguese legalities.

Overall, a fantastic job. A huge thanks to the team and advocate abroad.

Lydia Payten Sep, 20 2022

Was happy with the service.

One improvement I would suggest: I received an email aimed at Americans which uses different terminology than the UK. So this could be addressed for future correspondence.

Dawn Ryan May, 11 2022

I was very happy to use the services of Teresa as I wanted someone I could communicate with in English, as I don't speak Portuguese. Teresa's English was perfect.

I was happy with the costs of the service and she helped ensure that my tight deadline was met.

I intend to use Teresa's services again in the future and would happily recommend to others.

Lenita Martins Bandeira, Caldas da Rainha Nov, 16 2021

She was very accessible, friendly and fast to reply. I would recommend her.

Erich von Schiller, Porto Nov, 04 2021

Teresa is absolutely wonderful. She’s dedicated and shows great passion and caring.

I’m only halfway through the process and still will need assistance to have my spouse join me in Portugal, but I have no doubt all will turn out beautifully with the continued assistance of Teresa.

Thank you for putting me in her exceptionally trustworthy hands!

Vernon Petch, Faro Sep, 16 2021

Teresa and her associates were extremely helpful and professional in their work to achieve our needs, many thanks.

Chris Sorrentino, Faro Sep, 10 2021

Teresa was very helpful and always got back to me promptly when I had questions. She made herself available by phone during my appointment with SEF, ensuring I left as a Portuguese resident. Obrigado!

Michael Roch Aug, 25 2021

Teresa is super professional and can only recommend her . Best service ever

Sean Miller Jul, 07 2021

Teresa went above and beyond to ensure she attended to everything everything I needed, and explained every step of the process to me clearly and patiently.

Simon O'Callaghan, Faro Jun, 17 2021

During Covid times communication was easy and replied to queries I had.

Great service and would recommend to others with poor Portuguese as they translated everything sent to me and replied to my messages in English which was a great help to me.

Fernando Alvarado Jacobs, Aveiro Jun, 12 2021

A very nice lawyer who helped me quickly solve my presented problems. In addition, she presented and helped me to solve the various things that one must have as a resident in Portugal.

As can be seen from the answers above, I am very pleased with the help I have received.

Meaghan Johnson, Porto Jun, 09 2021

Very informative, very responsive, and my NIF was provided very promptly

Desiree Wattrus, Castelo Branco Jun, 05 2021

The service we received was professional and they did explain and provide feedback. The Tax number was obtained and the Bank account opened in a timely manner.

Whenever we had queries we could get hold of the person concerned and if not they would phone you back which we did appreciate.

Fiona Simpson, Aveiro Jun, 01 2021

Teresa responded within a very short time of my initial email. She immediately put me at my ease, listened and understood my needs.

Not only did she assist us with our initial request, she also managed to resolve a last minute request of ours.

Our experience with her was extremely good and we will be asking for her assistance in the future.

Thank you for supporting such excellent human beings.

Jimmie & Cheryl Weese, Portimão May, 14 2021

Teresa always got back to me. She never was negative, she told it like it was. She was in control but never controlling. Her fees were affordable.

She did things like getting our Nif, bank account was started by Her. She found some medical phone numbers that I needed. She was encouraging when I was down when getting my application for visa completed. We will definitely want more of her services when we move to beautiful Portugal.

We were happy to have her help. Sincerely Jimmie and Cheryl Weese.

Thaís, Lawyer in Lisboa
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Lawyer, partner of the law firm Gaia & Martins based in Portugal, with focus on immigration law, nationalities and real estate investments.

Tiago, Lawyer in Porto
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Tiago has 10+ years of practice experience, having qualified in both Portuguese and Brazilian jurisdictions. He believes in the overarching importance... Read More

Tiago has 10+ years of practice experience, having qualified in both Portuguese and Brazilian jurisdictions. He believes in the overarching importance of providing effective and creative solutions to business and individual clients alike.

Customer Reviews

Anthony Aarons Sep, 01 2022

My wife and I are in the process of moving to Portugal, and thank goodness we found Tiago. He has been simply amazing, going above and beyond what anyone could expect from a lawyer.

Not only is he diligent, a great communicator and a consummate professional who really knows the law, but he is also kind, considerate and just an all round lovely person.

Thanks so much, we couldn't have done it without you.

Patricija Paula Gravele Apr, 01 2022

He is excellent at what he does, I really appreciated the opportunity of remote services. He gave answers to all my questions and helped to solve my problem.

Caleb Ben-Avram, Porto Oct, 19 2021

Tiago was very responsive to emails. I received replies very promptly. He was always clear in what he needed from us in order to complete documents. I never felt like I was bothering him with my requests.

He provided us with peace of mind as new residents in Porto. All the documentation can be confusing, but Tiago was able to get us through all of it without worry.

I would definitely recommend his services to other expats moving to the Porto area.

Ella Kaplan, Porto Sep, 30 2021

Tiago is responsive, professional, always willing to assist and a pleasure to work with.

Dina Atef, Porto Jul, 01 2021

Tiago did a great job assisting us in all the matters that we requested. He was very responsive and attentive to our needs.

His English is perfect and the price of his services is reasonable. We definitely recommend him to anyone who needs legal assistance.

Evan Shinners, Porto May, 26 2021

Tiago is great! I will recommend him to my friends who come to Portugal!

Joel McCully, Porto May, 19 2021

Tiago has been a wonderful and professional resource. I would be (and have been) recommending him to other people when I can, because he has been extremely responsive, helpful, and knowledgeable!

Vanessa Killelea, Porto, Portugal May, 11 2021

Tiago has been wonderful in every way! I recommended him to my friend, and he has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help me in trying to resolve a very difficult and complex problem.

Daniel Woods, Viana Do Castelo Mar, 19 2021

Tiago was fantastic in all aspects. We couldn't have asked for more. Professional, responded to our questions almost immediately, booked our appointments and told us what to take.

He made the move to Portugal so easy and stress free. We would recommend him to anyone.

Artem Ivanenko, Portugal, Porto Jan, 07 2021

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!

Sarah Bridge, Porto Dec, 17 2020

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.

Vanessa Killelea, Portugal, Porto Nov, 30 2020

Tiago was wonderful, all aspects of the work were undertaken promptly and professionally.

He was approachable and explained all the necessary procedures. His rates were extremely fair and there was a good outcome for me in the court. He worked exceptionally hard on my behalf, and did a fantastic job.

Ethan Flower, Porto Nov, 29 2020

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!

Rowena Fernandes, Algarve Nov, 05 2020

Tiago is laudable in his role as advocate. Efficient, thorough, timely, amiable, combining heart with mind. It is a blessing to have found Tiago and he is to be highly recommended.

Ana Macedo, Lisbon Oct, 14 2020

Tiago is a true professional. He understood what I needed, acted diligently in executing his tasks, and responded to my requests for updates in a timely and courteous manner. His knowledge of Portuguese laws and it’s bureaucracy, were commendable. His price rates were reasonable.

I hope he continues to built his clientele, both in Portugal and overseas, especially in the United States. He does a very good job. No improvement needed.

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