D7 Visa

What is the D7 Visa

The Portuguese D7 Visa is a residence visa for foreigners who live from a passive stable income, i.e. not from a work contract.

This visa is provided in general terms in article 58, paragraph 1, of Law no. 23/2007, of 4 July, and specifically in article 24 (d) of Regulatory Decree no. 84/2007, of 5 November.

Visa D7 Rights

The holder of a D7 Visa can apply for a residence permit that will entitle to several rights, as any other resident in Portugal, such as:

– Education and schooling;

– The exercise of an employment activity as a contract worker;

– The exercise of a professional activity as a self-employed professional;

– Career guidance and vocational training and retraining;

– Access to the law and the courts.

Who can apply for a d7 visa

It can therefore be applied for by any non-EU citizen who is a pensioner or a person with a recognised stable income (such as interest or rent on property).

This visa allows a non-EU citizen to enter Portugal to obtain a residence permit based on the existence of means of subsistence, the value of which must be transferred to Portugal.

Applicants must have the following means of subsistence for 12 months (according to articles 2, n. 2 and 5, n.6, paragraph b) of Decree 1563/2007 of 11 December):

– First adult: 14X National Minimum Wage (665€ in 2021) = 9,310€;

– Second or more adults: 14X 50% of the National Minimum Wage (€665 in 2021) = €4,655;

– Children under 18 and older dependent children: 14X 30% of the National Minimum Wage (€665 in 2021) €3,105.

What's the process

The D7 Visa must be requested from the Portuguese consular representation in the applicant’s country of residence and is valid for four months. During this four month period, the applicant may enter Portugal to apply for the respective residence permit. In the application the applicant must already present proof of rent and if possible a Portuguese bank account.

Upon arrival in Portugal with the Visa, an appointment will be made by telephone with SEF to collect biometric data (photograph and fingerprints) to issue the temporary residence permit card.

Once your temporary residence permit has been issued (for 2 years and renewable for 3 more years), you can apply for family reunification. Finally, after 5 years, you may request a permanent residence permit or even apply for nationality. To keep these residence permits you must stay in Portuguese territory at least 185 days per year.

Family Reunification

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The D7 Portuguese Visa is a residence visa for foreigners living off an income: retired, pensioners or anyone with a recognized stable income. It allows the non-EU citizen to enter Portugal for the purpose of obtaining a residence permit based on the established existence of means of livelihood whose value should be transferred to Portugal.
This Visa is provided in general terms in article 58, paragraph 1, of Law n. 23/2007, of July 4, and specifically, in Article 24 (d) of Regulatory Decree No. 84/2007 of November 5.
It must be requested from the Portuguese consular representation in the country of residence of the applicant and it is valid for four months. In this period of four months the candidate will be able to enter Portugal to apply for the respective residence permit. As in other situations, this residence permit will have to be renewed after one year of his issue, then after two years and more two years. After six years in Portugal, if the applicant already knows how to speak the language, he may apply for the Portuguese nationality.

Stable Income

The applicants must have the following means of livelihood for 12 months (according to articles 2, n. 2 and 5, n.6 subparagraph (b) of Decree 1563/2007, of December 11):
– First adult: 7,200 Euros;
– Second or more adults: 3,600 Euros;
– Children under age of 18 and dependent older children: 2,160 Euros.

Jurisdiction and Timings

The consular sections service with jurisdiction in the area of the candidate residency has the power for granting the D7 visa.
The legal deadline for the decision on the visa application is 60 days, but sometimes there might be a delay, depending on the pending process of each consulate.
The consular service in charge must request an opinion from SEF (Foreigns and Borders Portuguese Service), which must issue it within 20 days (if it does not comply with the deadline of 20 days for issuing an opinion it is considered a positive one). If SEF issues a negative opinion, the applications it’s rejected binding the consulate opinion. On the other hand, if SEF issues a positive opinion, this is not binding for the consular service, depending on their evaluation to be valid or not.

Residency And Family

This visa is a residence visa valid for two entries in the country and allows the holder to remain on Portugal for a period of 4 months. The D7 visa is intended to enable the holder to obtain a residence permit for Portugal.
Like it was mentioned before, the residence permit obtained by the way of a D7 visa is valid for a year and it can be renewed for successive periods of 2 years until it is converted into a permanent residence permit after 5 years.
The holder of a residence permit obtained from the D7 visa, calculating by the period of residence, cannot remain outside Portugal for 6 consecutive months or 8 non-consecutive months.
Members of the family of the holder of the residence permit obtained via a D7 visa are also entitled to a residence permit, based on Portuguese family reunification statues.

D7 Visa Rights

The holder of a D7 Residence permit shall be entitled to several rights, as any other resident in Portugal, such as:
– Education and schooling;
– The exercise of an employment activity as a contracted worker;
– The exercise of an employment activity as an independent professional;
– Vocational guidance and professional training and retraining;
– Access to the law and the courts.

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Sources

Regulatory Decree no. 84/2007, of November 5

Decree 1563/2007, of December 11

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