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Hi, just wondering or if anyone knows some insight. The SEF website seems hanging there even login with your credential it will display some error messages. What if someone wanted to renew the residence card online during this time, will it work eventually or the user data will migrate to some new website? Thank you.

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According to the Dream Team last night, the Automatic Renewals are back and through the old SEF portal. Ei! has already processed some renewals that way. 

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@moa I wonder how far in advance they let folks renew their residence permit. I keep forgetting to ask Gilda.

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@jonesdn2020 I think I read it was 30 days. It’d be nice to know what they do exactly during the process. Does it go smoothly?

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@moa The online renewals are very smooth. I haven’t heard details of the in-person renewals.

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@jonesdn2020 In person renewals remain a mystery even though Bob and Viv and James experienced it first hand. They could have shared their process and make for an interesting conversation.  Do you know if you need to upload documents for the online renewal?

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@moa You do not according to the SEF YouTube video. This thread has the link plus a lot more.

https://expatsportugal.com/new-forum/residency-visa-citizenship/automatica-renewal-once-again-available/

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@jonesdn2020 Thank you. I spent some time browsing the internet and the automatic renewals allow to renew up to three months in advance. It seems that they open and close windows for 3 months in a row.  It looks like SEF will continue to do it until AIMA has its own portal.

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@moa AIMA already has its own portal, but not as complete as SEF’s.

https://aima.gov.pt/pt

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@antonio_f They seem to only be doing online family reunifications at this point. I did find some valuable resources for our temporary residence renewal in line with the means of subsistence etc. Seems to be more informative than the SEF site was. 

https://aima.gov.pt/pt/temas-transversais/meios-de-subsistencia

https://aima.gov.pt/pt/impressos-e-minutas

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@jonesdn2020 How are they going to handle such a volume of applications in person?

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SEF is gone since October 29th, so their website shouldn’t work. Also, Residency Permit renewals have to be scheduled online with IRN, as AIMA will only deal with the visas and first Residency Permit. I tried to upload a guide about the new procedures on renewal, but the pdf is too big (2,13 MB)…

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Thank you for the reply, really helped. But do we have to register again at the new website? I assume it has to be?

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Possible you could email the PDF, by the way?

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Thank you so much Antonio😀

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Thank you! It will be interesting to see if there are any changes with the renewals as AIMA progresses. I am hoping they realize doing the online renewals like SEF did in the past is a huge labor savings for their staff.

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Very useful. I appreciate the effort.

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Finally AIMA has a facebook page.

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@Antonio_F I have tested the procedure following the PDF, does it mean that not all the locations can do the extension of the residence card, so far the system will display nothing available…

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