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British Citizen resident in EU country - routes to PT (D7?)


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(@gavinp)
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Hi all,

This is my first post. Great to meet you all.

I'm wondering if there are any others out there in our situation who have successfully moved to Portugal.

My partner and I (both British) have been been living in Europe, first in France, then in the Netherlands, since 2014; so 8 years in total in the block. After Brexit, we now hold our Withdrawl Agreement Visa for the Netherlands.

We would like to settle in Portugal and are thinking of the D7 route but are slightly confused about the process in our situation. For E.g. do we have to apply via the UK, travel there for appointments etc, despite living in the Netherlands? 

Is our current WA visa/time in mainland EU taken into consideration at all?

Basically, I would like to know if any other expats here have gone through a similar experience of applying for the D7 when you're already resident in another EU country.

Many thanks all.

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(@vianina)
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Hi GavinP,

Unfortunately “onward freedom of movement” was lost for expat Brits under the Withdrawal Agreement. At the time, very little publicity was given to the matter, and now it is coming back to bite people in your situation. What that means in practical terms is that you would be starting from scratch with a D7, unless you have for example been in NL long enough to get naturalized. Simply having a WA residence permit for elsewhere in the EU doesn’t help with a move to a new EU country. My understanding is that you can apply for the D7 at the Portuguese consulate in your current country of residence, ie the Netherlands. Hope it all goes well for you.

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(@englishjacq)
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Hi,

My husband and I are almost in the same boat, except I’m British and he’s American.  

I found this doc online and it seems to apply to us but when I read the English version, it’s not at all clear.  

https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/solicitar/residir/art116/

In the absence of this, I’m assuming that we would apply through our local PT consulate here in Germany. 

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