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We are in the process of purchasing a property in the Lagos area. We will be relocating permanently to Portugal, my wife has an ROI passport with I as her family member.

My question relates to applying for a permanent resident card. Everything I have read refers to application in the fourth month (after three months) of presence in Portugal. As it is intended that we wish to remain for the foreseeable future on our arrival, can we apply sooner? Or is this three months required?

thanks in advance


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It's open to interpretation. The EU citizen effects the registration at the relevant Câmara Municipal, which may or may not issue a certificate within the first 3 months. The only way to find out what your local authority does is to go in and say you want to register.

That certificate is required in order for the non EU citizen to apply at the SEF for the residence card for a 3rd country national who is a family member of an EU citizen.


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Thanks for your reply.

So assume the Camara asks for the date of arrival at the application as no other way of knowing! We'll try that, as to wait in our case unnecessarily delays joining of the Heath system.

We'll have Health Insurance cover also so this is not urgent, just couldn't understand why three months would be a mandatory waiting period.



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Posted by: @panner

just couldn't understand why three months would be a mandatory waiting period.

EU law prohibits member states from applying any formalities to EU citizens until they've been in that MS for 90 days.

Some camaras interpret this as they can't register you until the 90 days are up. They can, because they aren't making you comply with any formalities, you're registering voluntarily.


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