Extending Stay in Portugal

Temporary stay visa for attendance of a study program into an educational establishment or vocational training and, on special grounds, for student exchange, unremunerated professional internshipor voluntary work, for one year or less
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:

  • 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. The supporting evidence of the means of subsistence may be done by the submission of a written consent form of the host entity of the internships or workers, as well as by the organization responsible for the student exchange or voluntary work program (see n.º 2, article 12-A of the Regulatory Decree 84/07 of 5/11, as amended)
  • Evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation
  • Permission for checking criminal records, where the stay is intended to exceed 90 days (except people 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

Regarding Course in a Teaching Establishment / student exchange:

  • Document issued by the respective teaching establishment, supporting the enrolment / registration and attendance of the course
  • In the case of foster care in a family, a declaration proving the respective foster situation, as provided in subparagraph c), n.º 5, article 62 of the Aliens Act

Regarding Professional Training:

  • Document issued by a company or by a professional training establishment officially recognized, declaring that the applicant is attending a training course in accordance to the pre-defined schedule

Professional internship:

  • Document issued by a recognized vocational training company or body, attesting the attendance at the internship program according to the Schedule defined

Voluntary work:

  • Evidence of the minimum age defined by the member of the government responsible for the interior, accompanied by a document issued by the recognized organization responsible in Portugal for the voluntary work program attesting his/her continuation for no more than one year
 Notes
  • Applications submitted on-line do not relieve the applicant from collecting biometric data and the affixing of SEF’s sticker, by scheduling into one of its Service Bureaus
  • The validity of the visa for temporary stay, including the respective extension of stay may not exceed one year
  • 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 199 of the Aliens Act (No travel document).
 Fees

ARTICLES 71 AND 72 OF THE ALIENS ACT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH ARTICLES 44 AND 49, PARAGRAPHS 6, 7 AND 8 OF THE REGULATORY DECREE N.84/07 OF 05/11, AS AMENDED

ORDER NUMBER 1563/2007, OF 11/12