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.
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.
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: 12X National Minimum Wage (665€ in 2021) = 7,980€;
– Second or more adults: 12X 50% of the National Minimum Wage (€665 in 2021) = €3,990;
– Children under 18 and older dependent children: 12X 30% of the National Minimum Wage (€665 in 2021) €2,394.
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.
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