Applying for Residence in Portugal
For Living in Portugal and Family Reunification
Article 123 – Exceptional regime
The procedure for granting a residence permit pursuant to article 123, is ruled, with due adaptations, by the provisions of articles 54 et seq. of the Code of Administrative Procedure, requiring:
- Two recent, identical photographs, in colour with blank background, and easily identifiable (only for appointments at Odivelas, Aveiro or Braga SEF bureau)
- A written submission describing the motives for starting an ex officio procedure, delivered in person, signed by the applicant (or by the respective legal representative in case of minors or disabled applicants)
- Two recent, identical photographs, in colour with blank background, and easily identifiable
- Passport or any other valid travel document, or, in cases where there is sufficient proof that the applicant has not been in position to obtain a passport, another proof of identity
- Extract from the judicial record in the country of origin and in the country of provenance (where the applicant has been residing for a period exceeding one year)
- Permission for SEF to check portuguese criminal record – except for under 16 years old
Law n.º 26/2018 of 5 July (regularization of the legal status of children and young people of foreign nationality hosted in State institutions or equivalent, amending articles 123 and 124 of the Aliens Act in force since 06-07-2018), has included, as defined in article 123, n.º 1, subparagraph b) of Law n.º 23/2007 of 4 July, as amended, situations of children and young people of foreign nationality hosted in a public, cooperative, social or private institution having a cooperation agreement with the State followed by a promotion and protection procedure, under article 58, n.º 1, subparagraph k).
- With 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 –, the temporary residence permit issued under the extraordinary scheme is valid for two years [and not just one] from the date of issue of the corresponding title and renewable for successive periods of three years [and not just two].
ARTICLE 123 OF THE REPSAE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH ARTICLE 62 OF THE RD 84/2007 AS AMENDED