After you have been approved for your Portuguese D7 Visa AND gone to your first D7 Residency Visa extension appointment, you get a year to stay in Portugal. That means that you need to go to a second appointment before your residency card expires. You can do that directly on the SEF website. I recommend that you begin to check for dates about 4 months after you get your first renewal. We waited 6 months and did not get our appointment for 2 months after our título de residência – residency card had expired. It was not a huge deal, I will explain what you need to do later in this article, but let me get you familiarized with how your second D7 visa renewal appointment will go.
What to Expect at Your Second Portuguese D7 Residency Visa Appointment
What to Bring to bring to your D7 Residency Visa Renewal Appointment
We came pretty well prepared…or so we thought. In Portugal (as you will soon learn), things depend on who you speak to, so while Antonio and I both brought in the exact same documentation, I had no issues, and he was asked to come back a second day with more documents. Here I will outline what we brought and the items he was asked to bring along with him:
- Current US Passport
- Proof of Money – We brought stock statements & US bank accounts
- Proof of Housing – Current lease that has been registered at the AT
- AT Tax Statement for the previous year
- Proof of Insurance
Additional Items Requested
- Proof that you are not using the Social Security System
- Proof that you do not owe money in taxes
- Proof that you have a Portuguese bank account
For the additional items, Antonio had to go to the Loja de Cidadão. It is an all-in-one type of place where you can pay all types of utility bills and run errands like the ones above. There is a Finanças office where he got the proof that he did not owe money in taxes, and an office for Segurança Social where he was able to get a document that said he was not using the system. For the bank account, we just went to our bank and asked them for a document proving he had a bank account. I would say that you should bring these just to be safe and so you don’t have to waste extra time running errands.
Hour By Hour Breakdown
The day before the appointment we both got an SMS from the SEF to remind us of the appointment date. We had our appointments at 9:15 am.
- 8:00 am – Arrive at SEF offices. Get on line.
- 8:15 am – There is an announcement that the SEF is on strike but that some people are still working. We stay on the line.
- 8:30 am – Doors open. They slowly let people into the offices.
- 9:15 am – We’re inside and are told to go to the desk upfront.
- 9:16 am – We give our names and are each given a piece of paper to fill out (bring a pen)
- 9:45 am – I am called up. I hand in my documents, and I am good to go in about 10 minutes. They take a digital picture, fingerprints and a signature. My agent takes my residency card and punches a hole in it. Gives it back. I am told to take my number and wait to be called up to the payment window.
- 9:50 am – Antonio is called up. He hands in his documents and his person tells him they are not enough. He is told he can pay and that his transaction will be run though, but that he needs to return with proper proof. He takes his picture, fingerprints and signature. His agent takes his residency card, punches a hole in it and gives it back.
- 10:10 am – I am called up to pay. We both go up and explain we are together. If you are wondering how much it cost to get our second D7 Visa renewal, it was €324 for the both of us.
- Unlike last year, when we were given a choice to pick up or have it mailed, this year we could only have it mailed home. We are told it should take about 7 business days.
That’s pretty much it. For me it was cake, for Antonio not so much. He ran errands to get the documents his agent required, went back, handed them in and they were satisfied.
I’ll update this once we get the new card as well…so keep posted.
I’d love to hear from others who just did their 2nd D7 visa renewal appointment. Was it similar to us? Was your experience different at another SEF office? Let us know in the comments below.