The D7 visa is an interesting option for foreigners who are not citizens of the European Union and who have their own income from a retirement pension (pensioners), movable or immovable property, intellectual property or financial investments and who want to reside in Portugal, having as some of the main advantages: the possibility of family reunification, enjoying a qualified and accessible health system, access to the law and the courts and also, as another plus factor, obtaining the Non-Habitual Resident Status.
To apply for the D7 visa, it will be necessary to prove that the applicant has the minimum income provided by law, corresponding to at least the equivalent of the Portuguese minimum wage (currently € 705.00/month), which allows him to reside in Portugal, for a total sum of at least the minimum wage multiplied by 12 months, these being:
- First adult (Applicant): 100% of the minimum wage (€ 705,00) = € 8.460,00/year;
- Second or more adults: 50% of the minimum wage (€ 353,00) = € 4.236,00/year;
- Children below 18 years of old: 30% of the minimum wage (€ 212,00) = € 2.544,00/year.
The procedure consists of two stages, the first being at the local Consulate or Embassy of Portugal in the country where the applicant resides and the second at the Foreigners and Borders Services (SEF) in Portugal.
The D7 Visa allows its holder to obtain authorization and residency in Portugal for a period of 2 years, which can be renewed later for a period of 3 more years. After completion of 5 years, the applicant may acquire a permanent residence permit or the Portuguese nationality.
Besides being able to proof income, the applicant and Family members must meet another requirement: living effectively in Portugal for 6 consecutive months per year or 8 intercalated months per year.
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