D7 Visa for Foreigners: Article 58, paragraph 1 of Law no. 23/2007 of 4 July and article 24 d) of Regulatory Decree no. 84/2007 of 5 November.
Pensioners, retired international citizens or other immigrants living from a stable income stream, such as transferable equity, real estate, intellectual property, or financial investments are permitted to apply for a special visa. Portuguese Law provides for a D7 Visa, which allows foreign citizens who wish to retire in Portugal or live on their income, regardless of age, a Portuguese residence permit.
Only the Portuguese consular legations and the divisions with jurisdiction in the applicant's place of residence can judge which applicants meet the criteria for the D7 Visa. The consular service in charge will request a binding legal opinion from the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Police (SEF), which will issue their opinion within 20 days. The decision on the visa application takes 60 days from the date of its submission.
The D7 Visa is a temporary residency visa intended to help the holder to obtain a long-term residence permit in Portugal. The Visa remains valid for two entries, entitling the holder to reside in Portugal for four months.
D7 can obtain a residence permit usually valid for one year, which can be renewed for two years. The residence permit can be traded toward a permanent residence permit after five years.
The individual family members of a person in possession of a residence permit (obtained via a D7 Visa) are also entitled to residence permits, based on family reunification statute.
Without prejudice to special provisions and other rights provided in Portuguese Law or any international convention to which Portugal is a party, the holder of a residence permit shall be entitled to, without the need for special authorization, the following:
1. Access to the Portuguese National Health Service;
2. Access to the Portuguese National Education Service;
3. Exercise of any work activity as an independent professional;
4. Access to Portuguese vocational schooling and further professional training;
5. Access and protection by the Portuguese Law and legal system.
1. Application form (available on SEF's website);
2. Passport or another valid travel document;
3. Two identical passport-approved photos;
4. Evidence of adequate travel insurance, with coverage for all medical expenses including urgent medical assistance and possible repatriation.
5. Criminal background check by SEF.
6. Certificate of criminal records issued by the country of origin (or any state where the applicant resided for more than one year).
7. Evidence of adequate accommodation.
8. Evidence of health insurance coverage.
9. Evidence of annual household income.
10. Income or pensions that, for 12 months, amount to no less than €7.200 for the first adult, €3.600 for subsequent adults; and €2.160 per child.
11. Six-months; of bank statements.
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