Pensioners who have sufficient income to remain in Portugal, or people living on income*, regardless of age. 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.
In short, the visa allows the foreigner to enter Portugal for the purpose of obtaining a residence permit based on the proven existence of means of livelihood whose value should be transferred to Portugal.
*Income includes: retirement, pensions, rented real estate, investments, etc. …
The Portuguese residence visa for foreigners living off of income is legislated in general terms in article 58, paragraph 1, of Parliament Act n. 23/2007, of July 4, and specifically, in Article 24 (d) of Regulatory Decree No. 84/2007 of November 5.
The visa must be requested in any Portuguese consular mission and is valid for four months. This period of four months will allow the person to enter Portugal in order to apply for the respective residence permit, which will have an initial period of one year.
Pursuant to articles 2, n. 2 and 5, n.6 subparagraph (b) of Decree 1563/2007, of December 11, each household must have the following as a means of livelihood for the 12-month period:
- Applicant adult: 8,120 Euros;
- Second or more adults: 4,060 Euros each;
- Children under age of 18 and older if dependents: 2,436 euros.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Minimum length of stay in Portugal
The holder of a residence permit obtained from the D7 visa cannot remain outside Portugal for 6 consecutive months or 8 non-consecutive months.
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:
- Access to the National Health Service care;
- Acess to the Portuguese National Education Service and schools;
- Exercise of any work activity as an independent professional;
- Acess to Portuguese Vocational schooling, initial and further professional training and retraining;
- Access and protection from the Portuguese Law and legal system.
To present your application, you will need:
- Valid passport, travel document, and two identical photos,
- Valid travel insurance, which can cover the expenses necessary for medical reasons, including urgent medical assistance and possible repatriation;
- Authorization for Criminal Record consultation by SEF;
- Criminal record certificate from the country of origin or the last country where the applicant resided for more than one year;
- Housing conditions;
- Proof of means of subsistence – Pertinent information regarding one’s source of income that allows your subsistence in Portugal (financial, corporate, real estate, etc.).