EU Certificate in Portugal

Obtain quick and reliable assistance for getting your international identification number. This ID unlocks many benefits for delivering your individual, financial or professional objectives.

There are several ways to obtain EU Certificate in Portugal. Our immigration lawyers will guide you through the process step-by-step.

How can a lawyer help with the EU Certificate in Portugal?

Each region and its administrators has different requirements, and our legal representatives understand just how the needs vary throughout Portugal. They can also speak with regiona municipalities to enquire about the certain demands.

Our legal team will submit the application online on your behalf so you do not require to spend any time in an immigration office.

Our lawyers frequently deal with these procedures and are here to accelerate the process to acquire an appointment swiftly.

We can also overcome any troubles with language barriers while doing so. Our attorneys offer full assistance in English, French or Italian.

Our lawyers can help you get your EU certificate, avoiding unnecessary bureaucracy by contacting the City Hall in a quick and efficient way giving all support you need during the process. Also, we help you to gather all the necessary documentation to obtain your EU Certificate.

¨We will be with you each step of the journey.¨


What is an EU Certificate?

There are no barriers to European citizens claiming residency in Portugal thanks to the EU’s commitment to freedom of movement and its citizenship laws, which also extend to certain family members, even if they are not from the EU themselves.

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and want to live in Portugal, it’s mandatory to obtain a Registration Certificate after being in Portugal for more than three months. 

The certificate is valid for up to five years and can be renewed. It’s also an important document for those seeking permanent residency in Portugal.

How to obtain the EU certificate in Portugal?

Citizens of EU, EEA and Switzerland do not need a residence permit when in Portugal. However they will need to request a Registration Certificate from their local council hall in their area of residence. We recommend arranging this appointment in advance as there is often many people seeking this document.

The required paperwork isn’t too complex and most people need the following: 

  • an EU passport or ID card 
  • a Portuguese tax ID
  • proof of accommodation in Portugal
  • a Portguese bank account
  • and sufficient proof that they can financially support themselves

The applicant will also need to have valid health insurance and, if they are a student, proof that they are enrolled onto a course at an accredited education institution. 

The certificate is valid for up to five years, after which EU and EFTA nationals can request a permanent residence certificate from the Portuguese Immigration Authorities. 

Applicants should receive the EU Certificate on the day that they attend the appointment with the Town Hall. 

Process of getting an EU Certificate in Portugal

1. Schedule an appointment with the local town hall 

It can take between 24 hours and a month to arrange this meeting

2. Collect the necessary documents

Depending on the situation, this is can be as quick as a day

3. Visit the Town Hall

The applicant should receive the certificate during their appointment


What other documents are required for the EU certificate in Portugal?

For Employed or Self-employed people

  • An employment contract or proof of registration with social security
  • Proof

For students

  • Proof that they are enrolled with a public or private academic institution or professional education.
  • Valid health insurance.
  • Proof of sufficient economic means, like a bank certificate or statement, or a sworn affidavit that declares sufficient funds.


We are a department formed by qualified legal experts who have been trained in the field of immigration law. We work on these requests every day and it’s our passion. For us, Lexidy is a way of life and what excites us the most is to be able to deliver the happiness and satisfaction of a successful immigration process. We want to help you achieve your goals and dreams.


Vasco Dias

Legal Trainee

Jonato Xavier

Head of Immigration Department

Lidiane Carvalho

Legal Trainee

Thabata Mota


Vasco Dias

Vasco was born and raised in Lisbon and graduated from the University of Coimbra, with a Master’s degree in Sports Management. During that period he had the opportunity to live in London and Genova. Since 2018 he is a member of the Portuguese Bar Association (OA) and as a Lawyer, he has worked with Sports Law, Immigration and Real Estate. Vasco considers working with international clients to be the best part of his job, allowing him to merge his professional abilities with his interest in distinct cultures and the specific needs of each client. He just moved to Barcelona.
Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian.

Legal Trainee

Jonato Xavier

Jonato Xavier is originaly from Timor-Leste and studied Law at the University of Porto, Portugal. He has been living in Portugal since 2017. Now he is working as a legal trainee in the Department of Immigration giving assistance and learning from the best. He is fond of classic literature. As he wants to pursue Public International Law, working with Lexidy is a great asset to his future academic path. Languages: Portuguese, English, Tetum, Spanish and Indonesian.

Head of Immigration Department

Lidiane Carvalho

Born in Rio de Janeiro, graduated in Law and Specialist in Environmental Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) she is a Master in Environmental Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and PhD candidate in Social Sciences from the University of Coimbra (UC). Researcher at Nova Law Green Lab at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Lawyer in Portugal with expertises in the areas of foreigners’ law, direct Portuguese nationality and real estate law. She is fond of traveling and a great colleague to be around. Languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Legal Trainee

Thabata Mota

Thabata is originally from São Paulo, Brazil. She is studying Law at University of Lisbon and she has been living in Lisbon since 2018. She works in the Immigration Department as a legal trainee. She was working mainly with Customer Journey which allowed her to realize the importance of the clients experience in parallel of the legal aspect. Moreover, she is passionate about immigration law, human rights and anthropology. Languages: Portuguese, English and French


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