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Getting Residency in Portugal

September 26, 2019

The process for becoming a resident of Portugal varies depending on which country you are moving from. We’ll provide an overview for both EU Citizens and Non-EU Citizens. In both cases, make sure to read through the SEF or Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras

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Foreigners and Borders Service
website to get the most up to date and detailed information about the requirements for your particular circumstances.

When you’re ready to apply for your autorização de residência

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residence permit
(non-EU citizens) or your Certificado de Residência Permanente

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Permanent Residence Certificate
(both EU and non-EU), be sure to make your SEF appointment well in advance as the appointments fill up quickly.

You will need a Número de Identificação Fiscal

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Tax Identification Number
, also called Número de Contribuinte

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Taxpayer number
, which is a Portuguese tax number required for things like buying a home, opening a bank account, receiving benefits, paying taxes, and more. You can apply for this at a Finanças

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local tax office
, or at a Loja do Cidadão

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Citizen Shop

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Certificado de Residência (Como Pedir… Em Algarvio!)

Residence Certificate (How to ask for one...in the dialect of the Algarve)

July 8, 2017

In what might possibly be our most ambitious Diálogo to date, we explore some of the delightful bureaucracy that surrounds obtaining a residency permit in Portugal. With Michael (our special guest estrangeiro) moving to Algarve, we get a chance to explore some of the vocabulary and pronunciation quirks that set this region apart from the rest of Portugal!

A special “obrigado” to our friends who helped us put this episode together:

Michael Reeve – provided his guidance, ideas and voice talent (from afpop.com, an organization that provides support to foreign residents and visitors throughout Portugal)
Rui Coimbra Sénior – O pai do Rui!
Eliana Silva – talented voice actress who not only brought the female characters of Algarve to life, but also helped us make sure the script was as authentic as possible

You’ll definitely find some of this Algarvian dialect challenging, but we’ll go over a lot of this episode’s content in a discussion between Eliana, Rui & Joel, to be released soon!

Note: This episode’s mention of afpop is not a paid endorsement, but just a friendly collaboration! 

Update August 1, 2017: As promised, we posted a follow-up episode to explore this dialogue in more detail. Once you’re done listening to this episode, make sure to have a listen to our follow-up discussion!

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