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Permanent Residence Permit For Retirees In Portugal


Residence Permit And Permanent Residence For Retired People

SEF (Department of Migration and Border Control) - Servico de estrangerios e fronteiras is the main public authority in Portugal, one of the areas of which is the issuance, extension and cancellation of residence certificates (residence permits) for retired foreigners from other countries and who can confirm it. The basis for obtaining a temporary residence permit in Portugal for foreigners of retirement age is the D7 visa or a pension visa - a visa for insured retirees who are not citizens of EU member states and who have the opportunity to live in Portugal.

The First Legal Portugal company provides full support turnkey services for obtaining a D7 visa (retirement visa) and a temporary permit for retirees on the basis of a D7 visa. The specialists of the company First Legal Portugal will help you prepare a set of documents, advise on any issues related to obtaining a residence permit for retirees and accompany the submission of documents to the SEF office/department.

Cost of services: 2100 EUR*
Completion time: from 90 working days
*separately is to be paid the state duty
The price of this service includes the preparation of a set of documents and the support of a lawyer for obtaining a D7 visa, as well as the preparation and submission of documents and the support of a lawyer for obtaining a residence permit in SEF.
Here is the link to find the list of documents required for obtaining a D7 visa.


In Portugal, the application for permit is submitted in 2 ways

  • Preliminary online application submission (through the SAPA portal);
  • In paper form through the office/branch of the SEF (Department of Migration and Border Control) - Servico de estrangerios e fronteiras.

Once your application has been accepted, you will have to undergo an interview at the SEF office/branch.


The list of necessary documents for applying for a permit for highly qualified activities

  • A document certifying the identity of the applicant;
  • 2 color photos (if applying at the SEF office);
  • Documents confirming the availability of means of livelihood;
  • Valid visa of D7 type;
  • Valid medical policy;
  • Documents confirming the lease or ownership of real estate for residence;
  • Authorization from SEF for a criminal record check;
  • Certificate of criminal record in the country of origin/registration;
  • Documents confirming pension income, in a sufficient amount to obtain a residence permit, as well as a guarantee of their further receipt.

A residence permit is issued for 1 year. After 1 year of the permit has expired, it can be extended for 2 years, with the possibility of extension for another 2 years after that.


The permit may be refused if the applicant:

  • Submitted knowingly false information;
  • Has a criminal record for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term of more than 1 year;
  • The applicant is prohibited from entering the territory of Portugal after his previous expulsion;
  • Existing prohibitions in the SEF database or in the Schengen Information System;
  • Other grounds that do not provide an opportunity to obtain a residence permit.


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