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Residence Permit For Financially Independent Persons In Portugal


Residence permit and permanent residence for financially independents In Portugal 

Portugal is one of the most loved places for wealthy foreign nationals of non-EU countries. In order to be able to legally stay in Portugal for more than 90 days, you must obtain a residence permit followed by obtaining non-permanent resident status (RNH).

First Legal Portugal provides full scope of turnkey services for obtaining a D7 visa and a residence permit in Portugal on the basis of a D7 visa for sufficiently wealthy foreign citizens. Our specialists provide support to the client during all necessary procedures.

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.


Before applying for a residence permit at the SEF (Department of Migration and Border Control) – Servico de estrangeiros e fronteiras, a foreign citizen must:

  • In the country of residence, apply to the Embassy of Portugal and obtain a special residence visa (visa D7 – visa for persons who have passive income to provide for themselves and their families);
  • Open an account on the territory of Portugal, in order to deposit funds and confirm the existence of costs for living;
  • In the country of residence, legalize (apostille/consular legalization) all necessary documents that will confirm the presence of passive stable income and no criminal record.


 In Portugal, an application for a permit is submitted in 2 ways:

  • Preliminary online application (via the SAP portal);
  • In paper form through the office/branch of SEF (Department of Migration and Border Control) – Servico de estrangeiros e fronteiras.

Once your application is approved, you must be interviewed at the SEF office/branch


The list of required documents for obtaining a permit for financially independents:

  • Document certifying the identity of the applicant;
  • 2 color photographs (in case of application at the SEF office);
  • Documents confirming the availability of costs for living;
  • Valid visa type D7;
  • Documents confirming the lease or ownership of real estate for living in Portugal;
  • A document confirming registration with the tax authorities and social insurance bodies;
  • Permission from SEF to verify a criminal record;
  • Сertificate of no criminal record in the country of origin;
  • Documents confirming passive income, sufficient to obtain a residence permit and documents that guarantee the receipt of this income in the future.

A residence permit is issued for 1 year. After the expiration of 1 year of the permit, 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 for which he is sentenced toimprisonment for more than 1 year;
  • The applicant has a ban on entering the territory of Portugal after his previous expulsion;
  • There are prohibitions in the SEF database or in the Schengen Information System;
  • Other grounds, according to the current legislation of Portugal.


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