Thought we would create a specific post for those of us on a D7 process. We are set to go to SEF this month for our residency permit which will be good for 2 years. We will then renew for a subsequent 3-year residency permit. Prior to the 5-year mark we have to make a decision.
Do we apply for another 3-year temporary residency permit while simultaneously applying for citizenship which can take up to 2 years?
Do we apply for the permanent residency permit which is now valid for 10 years and decide if and when to apply for citizenship?
We have been following the paths for almost 4 years now and things have changed. One caveat we heard of was the permanent residence time in country not aligning with the temporary residency requirements.
This has been discussed on the forums on this post.
The question was asked to Cristina from Ei! on the "Everything you need to know about moving to Portugal Q&A with CRISTINA on the GMP! 25-07-22". Follow this link to the show. The question is brought up at the 1:17 mark. Don't forget to hit the Like, Subscribe and Notifications options so you can stay informed. Thank You to @CarlM for all he does keeping us informed.
We asked our immigration lawyer the same question and she replied in accordance with Cristina. We are waiting for her return from Holiday to get the full understanding.