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We fly to CA on 12/13, sending our passports to SF for visa stamps on 12/14. I’ll keep you posted when I have details.

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Hi! I’ve had several hiccups! For example, an employer said I was approved to move there and they would write the letter of approval i needed, but once I setup Visa appointment they changed their mind. So I’ve been focused on finding an employer that will allow or some way type of self employment . I’m not giving up!!

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Hi Jeff,

I just wanted to give you an update on our process for the sheet. We had our SEF appointment May 29 in Porto and I (Steven White) received my card yesterday, Dec 30. By my calculations, that’s 215 days. We didn’t receive any notification. It was just left in our mailbox. Alexandra Arndt, my partner, is still waiting for hers. Thanks for keeping track of these!

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Has anyone had experience with SEF appointments in Portimão and time it take to get your residency card from there?  I’m at day 178. I don’t know how to check for status. They have an email but it just come back with an auto reply.  Thanks! 

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Hey Jeff,

News for the sheet! We received Alexandra’s residence card on Thursday, February 15, which would be 263 days from our appointment on May 29, 2023. It was delivered to our old address in Porto, but we were able to contact the new residents there to pick it up. They did get her gender incorrect so we will start the process of getting a new one now.

Thanks!

Steve and Alexandra 

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I don’t see the spreadsheet anywhere.  Where is it hiding.  I know I’ve seen it before.

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@misticjeff May I suggest you change “SEF” by “SEF/AIMA”, as the more recent candidates will not have any contact with SEF, and might confuse them?

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Hi, I had my appointment with VFS in London on 08/01/2024 and received an email the following day to say that my documents had been collected. VFS told me that my application should take around 6 weeks to process. Currently 7 weeks so far. Had to hand over my passport at that time and I’m hoping that I get it back by the end of March as I have a trip to Croatia mid-April.

Are you aware of any delays due to the SEF to AIMA switchover?

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Passport with Visa arrived 13/03/2024 so approximately 9 weeks processing time by the Portuguese Consulate in London. Also received details of my AIMA appointment for 8th May. The appointment is in Braganca in the North East of Portugal, almost on the Portuguese/Spanish border, so a bit of a trek from Porto. Still, good progress so far. Smile  

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@officerdibble The bus from Porto to Bragança takes almost 3h to get there, and prices start at about €4. There are several bus companies, and the prices vary, depending on company, day, hour, time of purchase (same day or weeks prior), etc…

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I applied for my D7 in DC on February 22.  I got the approval e-mail on March 19, and this morning, March 21, they received my passport from Fedex.  I hope they return it quickly.  I prepaid for the UPS express envelope for it to be returned.

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I applied for my D7 in DC on February 22.  I got the approval e-mail on March 19, and this morning, March 21, they received my passport from Fedex.  I hope they return it quickly.  I prepaid for the UPS express envelope for it to be returned.

Fantastic Debby,  once you receive the Visa, let me know the Date of Issuance, Valid From & To and if there is an AIMA appt associated with your Visa, I’ll record that date as well.

 

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@misticjeff will do, obrigada!

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@misticjeff yay! Passport arrived this morning. Visa valid 30 April through 27 August. AIMA appointment 1 July.

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@dazzle Parabéns!

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@misticjeff yay! Passport arrived this morning. Visa valid 30 April through 27 August. AIMA appointment 1 July.

Awesome!  Hey Debby, where is the AIMA appt taking place??

 

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@misticjeff Espinho

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@dazzle Hi DebbyB! I hope your appointment went well. Would you mind sharing the AIMA appointment fee? Thanks!

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@dazzle Parabéns!

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We received our approval letter for our D7 visas today – exactly 8 weeks from the date of our appointment at VFS in San Francisco! We are currently here in PT and will return on May 6th to send in our passports to have the visa attached. So excited to have this part of the process completed!

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@wjjkmorris Outstanding News!  After you get your passports back with Visa attached, touch base with Issue Date, Valid From/To and of course your AIMA date and location if you have them.

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@misticjeff Received our visas today! Issue date is 5/16/24, valid until 9/12/24. Our AIMA appointments are scheduled for 6/13/24 in Espinho. So happy to have this process almost done!

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@wjjkmorris Awesome! all updated!

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@misticjeff Success!  Card received.  Valid 28/05/2024 thru 28/05/2026.  I’m curious though, the card states “permits o exercicio de activity profissional” under observances – does this mean I am approved to work? and is this usual language on a card with a D7 visa?

Obrigada!

 

 

 

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Very Awesome!!!

Congratulations!

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@simone22 Yes, you can work in Portugal with that Residency Card, and it’s usual in Residency Cards.

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@antonio_f Thank you for the clarification.  Much appreciated.

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@wjjkmorris Parabéns! Welcome to the club.

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