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Family Reunification?

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I did a quick search and did not see anything relating to this subject. I just was informed that if my wife is unable to show sufficient income to qualify for a D7 visa that I would need to get a D7 visa for myself, and then once I have received my Portugal residency we would start the Family Reunification process for her. If I understood correctly, she would be able to accompany me to Portugal (from Germany) and stay with me until this process is complete. My question is, has anyone on here done this already (not necessarily from Germany of course), and if so, what was your experience? I read a post on another forum on a different FB group saying basically avoid this at all costs as it is a huge pain in the butt. Anyone have input one way or the other? We would like to be able for my wife to delay collecting her SS for another year or two as she would be able to collect a few hundred dollars more each month. Thanks in advance!

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When I moved here, I had no income only assets in the US. I had been retired for over 10 years but my husband was still working in the US. I had not been using any of my retirement savings for living expenses. When I applied for my visa and residency I had to show proof that I could support myself, not that I actually had income myself. My name on the joint bank accounts in the US was enough to prove that I had access to all those funds and that was accepted as the ability to support myself. My husband retired a year later and joined me in Portugal. He lived here with me as he applied for his residency. We showed the same bank records with both our names on the joint accounts as proof that we could support ourselves. Updated to that current date of course. Hubby got his residency card that same day. Now so much is done via the internet, I am not sure if you initially apply online or still in person. Go to the web site to ask questions via email.  Hope this helps



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@peggyl Hi Peggy, thank you for that information. I need to check our bank accounts to see if they are, in fact, in both of our names. I appreciate your feedback!


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