Renewing Residence in Portugal

Article 78, paragraph 2 – Renewing a Residence Permit for teaching, highly qualified or cultural activity
Documents Required

The application for the renewing of a residence permit shall be made on-line. It shall be delivered personally, on a standard form signed by the applicant or by his/her legal representative, if the applicant is a minor or legally disabled, and can be submitted in any SEF directorate or regional delegation, which may send it, after proceedings and decision, to the directorate or regional delegation of the applicant’s area of residence. It shall be accompanied by:

  • Two recent, identical photographs, in colour with blank background, and easily identifiable (only for appointments at Odivelas, Aveiro or Braga SEF bureau)
  • Residence Title valid, or expired in the previous 6 months
  • Passport or any other valid travel document
  • Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence, as per the provisions of Portaria n.º 1563/2007, de 11/12
  • Evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation
  • Permission for checking criminal records (except for under 16 years old)
  • Document proving the regularized applicant’s tax situation
  • Evidence of the regular situation within social security
Specific Documents

For teaching activity in a higher education institution or teaching institution or of professional training purposes:

  • Contract of employment or of services compatible with teaching activity
  • Declaration of the teaching institution or professional training attesting the keeping of the working relationship or services

For highly qualified activity purposes:

Self-employed

  • Service contract compatible with a highly qualified activity
  • Declaration of the research centre, higher teaching institution, professional training or other public or private entity, namely companies, confirming the keeping of services rendered, or
  • Updated statement of responsibility of the certified company as defined by “Order” of the members of the Government responsible for interior and economy

Employed

  • Contract of employment compatible with a highly qualified activity
  • Declaration of the research centre, higher teaching institution, professional training or other public or private entity, namely companies, confirming the keeping of the working relationship and that the applicant has an annual wage of, at least, 1,5 times the national average gross annual wage or three times the Social Support Index (IAS) reference amount [1,2 times the national average gross wage, or two times the IAS amount for specially needed professions of third-country national workers, see. nº 2 of art. 61-A of Law nº 23/2007], or
  • Declaration of the research centre, higher teaching institution, professional training or other public or private entity, namely companies, confirming the keeping of the working relationship and that the applicant has an annual wage of, at least, 1,5 times the national average gross annual wage or three times the Social Support Index (IAS) reference amount [1,2 times the national average gross wage, or two times the IAS amount for specially needed professions of third-country national workers, see. nº 2 of art. 61-A of Law nº 23/2007]

For cultural activity purposes:

  • Declaration of the entity responsible for the project recognised by the member of the Government in the area of culture as of interest for the country confirming the keeping of the collaboration with the applicant
 Notes
  • Residence Permit may be refused on grounds of public policy or national security reasons.
  • A residence Permit shall be renovated only if its bearer has not been the object of custodial sentence (s) that individually or jointly exceed one year of imprisonment, even if, in case of sentencing for felonious crime set out in this legal framework, for crime of terrorism, for highly violent or highly organized crime, the enforcement of the sentence has been suspended.
  • Residence Permit shall not be renovated if the holder has been judged by default, unless he / she is able to present evidence that he / she is no longer deemed as having been judged by default
  • The residence permit held by a foreign citizen convicted to a custodial sentence shall only be renewed if that same citizen has not been subject to a decree of expulsion
  • The application for renewing the residence permit may be submitted by the person concerned between 90 and 30 days previous to the expiry of the title
  • Residents shall communicate to SEF any changes in their marital status, or in their home address, within 60 days from the date those alterations occur
  • A receipt attesting submission of an application for renewal of a residence permit, replaces the Residence Permit, in all its effects, for a period of 60 days, renewable
 Fees

ARTICLE 78, PARAGRAPH 2 OF THE ALIENS ACT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH ARTICLE 63, PARAGRAPH 1 AND 6 OF THE REGULATORY DECREE N.84/07 OF 05/11, AS AMENDED

ORDER NUMBER 1563/2007, OF 11/12