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Can you get the D7 after arrival?


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Someone probably has this figured out: Is it possible (or even advisable) to enter Portugal as a tourist and apply for the D7 during the 90 days you get? I'm assuming working with Ei and having all the necessary documents. So that would mean arrive, look for a place to live, then apply for the D7, then NHR.

Is that crazy talk?

Thanks for any advice!

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Theoretically possible, practically probably not.
SEF are still processing residency applications from July 2020 (that's not a mis-type, yes 2020).

I wouldn't advise trying it until the backlog has been cleared and no-one knows when that will be.

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Andrew, you have to apply from your country of residence for the D7 technically. Depending on the consulate you are assigned in the US you may or may not have to show up in person.  Regardless your passport will need to be submitted and have the Visa attached once approved.  They will only return your passport to a US address.  

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@jonesdn2020 This is the correct answer.

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Remember that a VISA is a authorisation to enter in a country and you must apply BEFORE you go.

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