Renewing Residence in Portugal

Article 92, paragraph 2 – Renewing a Residence Permit for Secondary School Students, of QNQ 4 or 5 qualification levels or of training courses
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 Order number 1563/2007, of 11/12
  • Evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation
  • Permission for SEF to check portuguese criminal record (except for under 16 years old)
  • Registration document in secondary teaching institution, of QNQ 4 or 5 qualification levels or of training courses;
  • Tuition document of secondary teaching institution, of QNQ 4 or 5 qualification levels or of training courses;
  • Supporting document of school activity (whenever school activity is not successful or of transitioning school year, the procedure will be subject to preparatory inquiry, suggesting for the applicant to submit, in writing, the reasons and supporting documents for failure at school;
  • Evidence of tuition payment required by the teaching institution, whenever applicable, to be confirmed by a declaration of the teaching institution;
  • Health insurance or evidence of being covered by the National Health Service
  • The supporting document of the enrolment, the supporting document of tuition fees and of the school activity, as well as the health insurance and supporting evidence of the coverage by the national health service will not be necessary to students who benefit from a scholarship granted by Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, IP., in which the supporting evidence of the keeping of the scholarship must be submitted
  • 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
  • Pursuant to article 92, n.º 2, of the Aliens Act, the residence permit for students cannot exceed/is valid for one year, renewable for equal periods of time, as long as the conditions under which the permit has been granted are kept. Because this is a special legal provision, the amendment introduced to article 75 of the Aliens Act, by article 192 of Act n.º 75-B/2020 of 31 december – State Budget to 2021 in force since 01/01/2021 and to 2021 does not apply.
  • 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
  • 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


ORDER NUMBER 1563/2007, OF 11/12