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How do I get a Residency card?

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I understand that as an expat I need to get a residency card after living in Portugal for 6 months. Anyone know what I need to do?

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Go to the Ministerio do estrangeiros in Coimbra. It is located near the praca da republica, at the top end. Email me if you need any further help.

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... I paid 25 quid for a couple of booklets from the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in London which contains all this information and more, I found it a bit technical but very useful. They have a website, just Google it and it will come up. kind regards Lynda

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Does anyone have a list of the documents required for my SEF meeting, i.e. meeting to get my Residency card?  Thank you!

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(1) passport with VISA that the Embassy glued inside of it, (2) proof of health insurance  (3) proof of financial stability, that you can support yourself. such s bank account. If spouses are both using the same account, both names must be on the account. (4) FBI background check translated Into Portuguese by Embassy.(5) Atestado of residency that you get at the JUNTA of your municipality.  When you go to the Junta you will have to fill out a paper and prove your address. And you need 2 Portuguese people to vouch for you that you actually live there. 

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Do I understand correctly that after your registration at the City Hall and your application for the Residence card at SEF online, you would also need a meeting with the SEF?

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@omena

The "City Hall" registration is for EU citizens only, cutting out the need for any dealing with the SEF for the first 5 years of residence.

 

Everybody else wishing to reside, including UK citizens as of 1st Jan, must first apply for an initial visa from a PT Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence and then, after arrival, report to the SEF within the specified period to complete the formalities.

 

If reading the first part of this thread, bear in mind that it was started nearly 16 years ago. Things have changed since then.

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recent changes were made in the process of application for residency including the govt. agency that you need to send application to. I am investigating and will get back in tough within 24 hours.

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Initial residency card as a non EU citizen?
Permanent residency card for non EU citizen?
EU citizen with expiring CRUE?
EU citizen with expiring 10 year residency card?
Brit exchanging to the new protected rights card?

So many variables, but the answer will be found on the SEF website.

https://www.sef.pt/en/Pages/homepage.aspx

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