Extending Stay in Portugal

Short-stay visa and visa waiver
Documents Required

Applications for the extension of stay are submitted in any SEF’s directorate or regional delegation, on a standard form, signed by the applicant or his/her legal representative, or on-line, holding the necessary documentation as follows:

  • Application delivered personally, (on a standard form) signed by the applicant (where the applicant is either a minor or legally disabled person the form shall be signed by his / her legal representative)
  • Two recent, identical photographs, in colour with blank background, and easily identifiable (only for appointments at Odivelas, Aveiro or Braga SEF bureau)
  • Passport or any other valid travel document
  • Whenever the applicant is a minor or legally disabled person, the application should be submitted and signed by his/her legal representative
  • Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence, as per the provisions of Order number 1563/2007, of 11/12
  • Evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation
  • Permission for checking criminal records, where the stay is intended to exceed 90 days (except for under 16 years old)
  • Return travel ticket, or, in duly proven and well-documented situations, booking travel arrangements with clear return date, where the stay is intended to exceed 90 days
  • Evidence that the conditions that allowed the admission of the foreign citizen in national territory still exist or, exceptionally, evidence of the existence of alternative motives that justify the permanence beyond the period initially authorized – invocation and proof of personal or professional reasons.
 Notes
  • Applications submitted on-line do not relieve the applicant from collecting biometric data and the affixing of SEF’s sticker, by scheduling one at of its Service Bureaus
  • Limits to the extension of stay: up to 90 days, which can be extended for another 90 days
  • Where the period of stay exceeds 90 days per semester, from the date of the first entry through an external border, the extension of stay is limited to Portuguese territory
  • Applications for extending the period of stay shall not be granted where delivered more than 30 days after the term of the authorized period of stay
  • The following administrative offences apply: Article 192 of the Aliens Act (Illegal Stay); Article 197 of the Aliens Act (No entry declaration); Article 198 of the Aliens Act (Unauthorized professional activity); Article 199 of the Aliens Act (No travel document).
 Fees

ARTICLES 71 AND 72 OF THE ALIENS ACT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH ARTICLES 44 AND 45 OF THE REGULATORY DECREE N.84/07 OF 05/11, AS AMENDED