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 GilB
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I am baffled by some of the instructions for the D7  Visa.  I have been working with an attorney in Portugal but I am getting some contradictory information regarding the timing of all the paper work and the so called- 90 day rule.  I am being told that I have to have my date of arrival to be no later than 90 days after the date of  my VFS appointment.  Is that really the case.  I know there are things I need to get done 90 and 120 days after I arrive but I cannot find anything that actually says that my arrival date needs to be 90 within 90 days of my VFS meeting.  Can someone discuss this with me please as I am at my wits end trying to get all this done properly  so I can leave the US

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@gilb Article 82, Section 5 of the Foreigners Law states:

The application for granting a residence permit must be decided within 90 days

So they are supposed to be ready (if approved on time) to issue your D7 visa with that validity starting date so you can enter Portugal to apply for your Temporary Residency Permit interview. They won’t accept any arrival date after 90 days out from your VFS appointment. I remember there were better explanations on this, but I can’t find them anymore; they were probably on the old SEF website. I hope that helps a little. You can, of course, ask this question of Ei! on one of the Thursday night webinar sessions and probably get a better answer. Boa sorte!  

Also note that by law, visas must be given out within 90 days after approval, so that’s probably why they imposed the limitation (in case they were to approve it immediately – haha).

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 GilB
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@adventurefilmmaker 

Once I get the visa can the date of arrival be moved back?

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@gilb The visa will have a validity date on it (usually for 4 months duration, but I recently saw something where that may change to 3 months), during which you MUST arrive in Portugal or the visa will be cancelled. You also must appear at your AIMA appointment, which could be scheduled any time during (or even after) that validity period; trust me, you do NOT want to miss that appointment. 

So the answer to your question is “possibly – within a limited period of time.”

If you can’t meet the deadlines, your best course of action may be to adjust your VFS application date.

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 GilB
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How do I get definitive information.

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@gilb What is your lawyer telling you? You can certainly ask Ei! Assessoria Migratória; they have successfully assisted many of us here on the forums.

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