Extending Stay in Portugal

Schengen VISA
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,  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
  • Documentary evidence of the motives for extending the validity, or the duration, of stay must be delivered, including:
    • For humanitarian reasons (in case of sudden illness of the visa holder or of a family member it is mandatory to present a medical certificate)
    • For reasons of force majeure ( i.e., last minute alteration of flight schedule by the air carrier due to adverse weather conditions)
    • For serious / severe personal motives (i.e. unexpected delays in completing deals or transactions in the course of business trips)
    • While visiting family, documentary evidence of the family link is mandatory
 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 44 AND 45, N.ºS 2 AND 4 OF THE REGULATORY DECREE N.84/07 OF 05/11, AS AMENDED, IN CONJUNCTION WITH ARTICLE 71, N.ºS 1 AND 3 OF THE ALIENS ACT