Family Reunion Visa

Family reunification or family reunion visa application will need to be presented in person by the applicant in their country of residence. A family reunification or reunion visa is valid for two years for all successful applicants. In most cases, individuals will be eligible for another means of residency or citizenship before the two years are up.
Children that are family reunion visa holders are typically eligible for permanent residency. This means children will become entitled to the same employment, education, healthcare, tax, and welfare benefits in Portugal as citizens.

Who is eligible for the Family Reunion Visa in Portugal?
At any time after having been granted a Portugal residence permit, the main applicant may apply for residence permits for the following family members, afforded by Portuguese law and the Portugal family reunion visa requirements and rules:

  •  A spouse or partner
  •  Children under 18
  •  Dependents over 18, as long as they are unmarried and enrolled as full-time students in Portugal (or in any other country in the case of the Golden Visa)
  • Dependent parents of either spouse or partner
  • Under-18-year-old siblings of either spouse or partner if legally under their supervision

 Under existing law in Portugal, criteria and documentation will need to be met in order to prove the stability and quality of a partner looking to join a Portuguese resident. If these criteria are not met, the family reunion visa will not be issued for partners and all subsequent dependents.

The following documents must be submitted with the application for a
family reunion visa in Portugal:

  • Passport has a minimum validity of 6 months
  •  Criminal record certificate (or Police clearance letter), except for
    those under 16 years of age and for the family members of an
    EU/EEA/Swiss citizen
  •  Residence permit card of the main applicant, except in the case
    of the Golden Visa
  •  Portugal taxpayer identification number
  •  Certificate of no debts to the Portuguese State
  •  Certificate of residence issued by the local parish (Junta de
    Freguesia), except in the case of the Golden Visa
  •  Health insurance policy valid in Portugal (or Portuguese National
    Health Service card, except in the case of the Golden Visa)
  • For the spouse of the main applicant, a marriage certificate; or,
    for the cohabitant of “common-law spouse” who has been so for
    over 2 years, an attestation of this status issued by an official
    the entity, such as a court of law.
  •  For each child, a birth certificate and, if over 18 years old and
    unmarried, a marital status certificate and proof of enrolment as
    a full-time student (at a Portuguese education institution, except
    in the case of the Golden Visa)
  •  For each dependent parent, the main applicant's (or the
    spouse's) birth certificate plus, if under 65 years old, a certificate
    of no income issued by the tax authority of the country of origin.

GOLDEN VISA PORTUGAL THROUGH PROPERTY INVESTMENT

The Portugal Golden Visa program has proven to be the most popular scheme in Europe with investors attracted to its flexibility and benefits. Launched in 2012 the investor visa program has been actively promoted internationally by the Portuguese government. An investment of €500,000 (or €350,000 reduced option) in real estate in Portugal will gain a residency permit for a family including dependent children. The golden visa can be renewed every two years providing the applicant spends two weeks in the country every two years. PERMANENT RESIDENCY AND CITIZENSHIP
One of the most attractive options is the ability to apply for permanent residency and citizenship after 5 years without the need to reside in Portugal. In fact, the applicant and their family need only visit for two weeks every two years in order to renew the Portuguese Golden Visa. In Portugal’s citizenship can be granted without the applicant has resided in the country. However, the investor having acquired residency through the golden visa program will need to demonstrate ties to the country and pass a basic language test. Citizenship of Portugal and a second passport conveys the right to live, work and study anywhere in the European Union. The Portuguese residency card granted through the golden visa program allows the holder to travel throughout the EU Schengen zone. PROPERTY INVESTMENT The property market in Portugal like many southern European countries suffered from the credit crisis and prices in 2015 were still typically 20% – 30% below their 2007 peak. However, prices have been rising strongly since then, particularly in Lisbon on the back of the golden visa program and investors have seen strong gains in recent years. Investors buying into the real estate market in Portugal for the Golden Visa now have excellent prospects for capital gain in the coming years. Advice is recommended for serious buyers as there are clear distinctions between typical vacation homes on the coast in Portugal, city properties in central Lisbon, and renovation projects qualifying for
the reduced €350,000 limit. Enquire here. Investors may wish to check further details on the Portugal golden visa program or see our outline procedure for applications.
REDUCED €350,000 INVESTMENT OPTION It is possible to obtain the golden visa through a reduced investment of €350,000 into real estate requiring renovation. Such projects need to be approved by SEF as qualifying for the reduced investment amount and it is critical to ensure the right project and legal advice is obtained before
embarking on such investment. La Vida has experience of many applications and projects for the €350,000 reduced initiative since its introduction. Please contact us for details on our real estate investments.

Documents Required:
1. Passport or another valid travel document;
2. Proof of regular entry into Portuguese territory (possession of a
a valid visa, when required, or entry into Portugal within the visa
waiver period);
3. Proof of means of subsistence, as provided for in Ordinance No.
1563/2007, of 11/12;
4. Criminal record certificate from the country of origin;
5. Criminal record certificate from the country where you have lived
for more than a year (when not Portugal);
6. Authorization to consult the Portuguese criminal record by SEF;7. Document proving that you have accommodation;
8. Proof of registration and regularized situation before Social
Security, except in the case of a promise of an employment
contract;
9. Proof of registration with the Tax Administration;
10. Employment contract or document issued under the terms of
al. a) of paragraph 2 of article 88 of Law 23/2007 of 4th July; or
11. Promise of employment contract entered into under the Law;

Documents Required:
1. Passport or another valid travel document;
2. Proof of regular entry into Portuguese territory (possession of a
a valid visa, when required, or entry into Portugal within the visa
waiver period);
3. Proof of means of subsistence, as provided for in Ordinance No.
1563/2007, of 11/12;
4. Criminal record certificate from the country of origin;
5. Criminal record certificate from the country where you have lived
for more than a year (when not Portugal);
6. Authorization to consult the Portuguese criminal record by SEF;7. Document proving that you have accommodation;
8. Proof of registration and regularized situation before Social
Security, except in the case of a promise of an employment
contract;
9. Proof of registration with the Tax Administration;
10. Employment contract or document issued under the terms of
al. a) of paragraph 2 of article 88 of Law 23/2007 of 4th July; or
11. Promise of employment contract entered into under the Law;

Documents Required:
1. Passport or any other valid travel document;
2. Evidence of regular entry in the Portuguese territory (holder of a valid visa, when required, or entry into Portugal within the period of the visa waiver);
3. Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence, as per the provisions of Order Number 1563/2007, of 11 December;
4. Extract from the criminal record from the country of origin;
5. Extract from the criminal record from the country of residence for more than one year (when not Portugal);
6. Permission for SEF to check Portuguese criminal record;
7. Evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation;
8. Evidence of having registered with the Social Security
9. Evidence of registration in the tax authority;
10. Evidence of having set a company according to the law, having declared the starting up of a business within the tax administration and social security as a legal person; OR
11. Contract for services for the carrying out of a liberal profession and statement by the professional association with evidence of the registration (whenever applicable).

Documents Required:
1. Passport or any other valid travel document;
2. Evidence of regular entry in Portuguese territory (holder of a
valid visa, when required, or entry into Portugal within the period
of the visa waiver);
3. Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence, as per the
provisions of Order Number 1563/2007, of 11 December;
4. Extract from the criminal record from the country of origin;
5. Extract from the criminal record from the country of residence
for more than one year (when not Portugal);
6. Permission for SEF to check Portuguese criminal record;
7. Evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation;
8. Evidence of having registered with the Social Security
9. Evidence of registration in the tax authority;
10. Evidence of having set a company according to the law, having
declared the starting up of a business within the tax
administration and social security as a legal person; OR
11. Contract for services for the carrying out of a liberal profession
and statement by the professional association with evidence of
the registration (whenever applicable).