D7 Residence VISA for foreigners

D7 Residence VISA for foreigners

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Article 58 paragraph 1 of Law no. 23/2007 of July 4 and article 24 d) of Regulatory Decree no. 84/2007 of November 5

Pensioners, retired foreign citizens or other foreigners living off of a recognized stable income, such as movable property, real estate, intellectual property or financial investments may apply for D7 Portuguese Visa.

Portuguese legislation provides for a special visa – D7 Visa – that allows foreigner citizens, who wish to reside in Portugal as retirees or live on their own income, regardless of age, the entrance in Portugal in order to obtain a residence permit, provided that they can prove to have sufficient income to provide them with means of livelihood. This income can come from pensions, real estate rentals, investments, among others.

The Procedure

The Portuguese consular missions and consular sections with jurisdiction within the area of the applicant’s residence hold legal power for granting have the legal power to grant the D7 visa. Consult with the closest local portuguese embassy about their procedures to book for D7 visas.

We will guide you throhg all paperwok needed, forms to fill and tax number to Portugal and Bank account / rental or property purchase.

The deadline for the decision on the visa application is 60 days.

The consular service in charge must request a legal binding opinion from the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Police (SEF), which must issue the said opinion within 20 days. Unfortunatly nowadays there is a backlog of cases and it's taking up to 2 months to get a reply.

When an answer is obtained you will be required to handle your passport and new visa will be stamped on one of the pages of your passport.

To be able to apply for the D7 visa we support clients in preparing a successfull aplication by dealing with the bureocracy of the paperwork and making sure it's according to the guidelines before submitting.

Type and validity of the visa

The D7 visa is a residence visa that is intended to enable the holder to obtain a residence permit in Portugal. In this context, the visa is valid for two entries and entitles the holder to remain in Portugal for a period of 4 months.

Residence permit

The D7 visa enables the respective holder to obtain a residence permit in Portugal for a period of one year, which can then be renewed for successive periods of 2 years and can be converted into a permanent residence permit after 5 years. To be able to renew and apply for the final D7 visa you will need to visit the immigration department in person in order to collect fingerprints and photos and in order to deliver the original documents previously shown at the local embassy.

Family Reunification

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 family reunification statute.

Resident’s rights

Without prejudice to the application of special provisions and other rights provided in the 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 a special authorization regarding his or her foreign status, the following:

  1. Access to the National Health Service care;
  2. Acess to the Portuguese National Education Service and schools;
  3. Exercise of any work activity as an independent professional;
  4. Acess to Portuguese Vocational schooling, initial and further professional training and retraining;
  5. Access and protection from the Portuguese Law and legal system.

To present your application, you will need

  1. Application form (available in SEF’s website);
  2. Passport or other valid travel document;
  3. Two identical passport size photos; with blank background, and easily identifiable;
  4. Valid travel insurance, with coverage for all medical expenses, including urgent medical assistance and possible repatriation;
  5. Application for Criminal Record consultation by Portuguese Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF);
  6. Certificate of criminal records issued by his/her home country of origin or the country where the applicant resided for more than one year;
  7. Proof that the applicant has adequate accommodation;
  8. Proof of health insurance coverage;
  9. Document providing the amount of pension


  10. Proof that you have income that allows you to live in Portugal.To be eligible, you must have income or pensions amounting for 12 months: €7.200 for the first adult; €3.600 for second or more adults; €2.160 per children. You must provide 6-months of bank statements.

If you want our assistance to apply for this visa, please contact us.