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English-Speaking Portugal D7 Visa Lawyer

Get help retiring in Portugal with specialized lawyers in Immigration to Portugal

Our team of immigration lawyers are here to turn your business idea to reality in Portugal with advice and guidance on obtaining a D7 Visa.

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How can a lawyer help with the Portuguese D7 Visa?

If you’re planning to retire in Portugal but feeling overwhelmed by the paperwork and legal requirements, we’re here to help. Our legal team will guide you through the process, including completing forms and reviewing documents. Our lawyers specialize in expat issues and can assist you with meeting Portugal’s immigration offices and overcoming any challenges that may arise.

We speak English, as well as other languages including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Greek, and Italian. We can also connect you with insurance companies or sworn translators if needed.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Don’t try to go through the D7 Visa process on your own. Seek the help of an experienced immigration lawyer to increase your chances of success and make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

This visa is technically a D7 visa. It lets non-EU citizens live in Portugal if their wealth can support their lifestyle. They can allowed to work and also rely on their passive income. Portuguese officials call this having sufficient economic means and the best way to show that is by having a pension.

The main applicant’s family can join them if they have enough money. They want the individual and their spouse to have enough financial resources. The visa holder and their family are also allowed to travel throughout the EU’s Schengen area without a visa.

This is a Portuguese residency visa and is initially issued for four months. This allows the person to get organized in the country and then apply for a Residence Permit. The second permit has a two-year validity period and can be renewed continuously for three-year periods. 

After completing five years of living in Portugal, you can apply for a permanent residency. This is the first step toward obtaining Portuguese citizenship and you can do this with your family. Ultimately, it gives you and your family the same rights as Portuguese citizens.

Unlike other visa applications in Portuguese, you don’t need to buy a property or make an investment.

The application must be made in person at the Portuguese Consulate or Embassy in your country of origin or residence. The immigration officials won’t accept applications from within Portugal.

Usually, it takes up to 90 days for the Portuguese consulate to process the application.

A successful application needs to show that the applicant can financially support their lifestyle and, if need be, their family. Portuguese consulates and embassies occasionally apply the law differently, so working with an experienced immigration lawyer is important. 

Often an applicant will need to open a bank account in order to prove their financial means. We can help you open a Portuguese bank account remotely.

Certified translators must translate some documentation like bank statements or marriage certificates into Portuguese. Furthermore, Portugal asks for these visa holders to have private healthcare insurance.

  1. You can show that you are receiving a fixed monthly amount from a permanent source like a trust or income fund, retirement pension or rental income by documenting the amount you receive each month. This must be more than €700 a month. It increases to €350 a month for every adult family member and €235 a month for every child. Those with higher amounts of passive income are more likely to have their application approved.
  2. Get a valid healthcare insurance policy in Portugal.
  3. Portugal asks for a clean criminal record and proof of a local address. Sometimes, you may need to provide other paperwork like marriage certificates, so we recommend working with an immigration expert.

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The Process to Get a D7 Retirement Visa in Portugal

1. Collect the documents

Most applicants take between three and six weeks to collect the right paperwork. After filing the application, it can take up to 90 days for the officials to process the visa. 

2. Apply at the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate

The applicant can apply for their visa at the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in their home country or where they currently reside. It must be submitted outside of Portugal though.

3. Move to Portugal

Once the officials approve the application, you will receive a visa allowing you to travel to Portugal. You have around a month to collect the visa and have it attached to your passport. This first document is valid for four months and allows two entries into Portugal.

4. Apply for a Residence Permit Card

Once in Portugal, you will need to visit SEF, which is Portugal’s Borders and Foreigners Service. Here you will apply for your Residence Permit card. We will schedule the appointment for you and it can take place in any Portuguese city.

Our Team

We are a department formed by qualified legal experts who have been trained in the field of corporate 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 process. We want to help you achieve your goals and dreams.

Vasco Dias

Vasco Dias

Thabata Mota

Thabata Mota

Legal Trainee
Diana Andrade

Diana Andrade

Lawyer, Head of Immigration Portugal
Gabriela Teruel

Gabriela Teruel

Legal Trainee
Margarida Vieira

Margarida Vieira

Legal Trainee
Marina Tomini

Marina Tormin

Bruna Duarte

Bruna Duarte

Legal Trainee
Ricardo Lopes

Ricardo Lopes

Pedro Silva

Pedro Silva

Immigration Administrative

Frequently Asked Questions

It is possible to work in Portugal as a passive income residence visa holder. For this, you must be registered within the Social Security in Portugal.

The residence permit holder cannot be absent from Portugal more than six months in a row or eight months total during the validity of the document.

Yes. After five years with a Portuguese residence permit, you qualify for Portuguese citizenship. However, you must take a Portuguese language exam.

Once the residence permit is granted, it is possible to request the registration in the Portuguese Healthy System and Lexidy can assist you with the matter.

Yes, foreigners must pay income tax on worldwide earnings and these must be declared in Portugal once they become tax resident.

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