Applying for Residence in Portugal

Studying in Portugal

Article 92 – Residence permit for secondary school students of QNQ 4 or 5 level qualification courses or of professional courses
Documents Required

The application for residence title should be scheduled (via an electronic platform – to be implemented for holders of residence visas) and submitted personally on a standard form signed by the applicant or his/her legal representative. The application may be submitted at any SEF’s directorate or regional delegation, which, after proceedings and decision, will forward it to the directorate or regional delegation of the applicant’s area of residence. 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
  • Valid residence visa issued under article nº 62 of Law no. 23/2007 (REPSAE), except in applications submitted under no. 3 of article 92 – possibility of visa exemption
  • 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

In the situations provided in no. 3 of article 92 of REPSAE, the applicant must submit a criminal record of the country of his/her nationality or criminal record of the country of his/her residence for more than one year (according to no. 4 of article 53 of Regulatory Decree 84/2007 – except for anyone under 16 years of age)

Specific Documents
  • Evidence of registration in a teaching institution
  • Evidence of tuition payment required by the teaching institution, whenever applicable, attested by a declaration of the Teaching Institution.
  • Health Insurance or evidence in which is covered by the National Health Service;
  • The above documents will no longer be required to students who benefit from scholarships assigned by Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, IP
  • Applications submitted with visa exemption should have attached evidence of legal entry and stay in national territory
  • The granting of a residence permit shall entail: the absence of any fact which, if known to the competent authorities, would preclude the granting of the visa; Absence of conviction for a crime which in Portugal is punishable by a custodial sentence of more than one year; The applicant is not within a period of prohibition of entry into the national territory, following an expulsion measure from the country; No indication in the Schengen Information System; No indication in SEF’s Integrated Information System for non-admission purposes, under article 33 of the Aliens Act.
  • 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 iintroduced 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.
  • Under number 1 of article 97 of REPSAE, the volunteer is not allowed to have a professional activity
  • Under number 1 of article 97 of REPSAE, the secondary school student is not allowed to have a professional activity.
  • 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 independent professional activity); Article 199 of the Aliens Act (No travel document).

Citizens who benefit from scholarships granted by the Portuguese State (Instituto Camões, FCT, Universities) are exempted from the payment for reception and analysis fees (only the permit issuance charges only), see subparagraph d) of no. 2 of article 210 REPSAE.


ORDER NUMBER 1563/2007, OF 11/12