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Temporary residence permit in Portugal

To obtain a residence permit in Portugal, non-EU residents must meet a number of requirements and follow a certain procedure. 

General steps to be taken to obtain a residence permit in Portugal:

​1. Decide on a residence permit program: Portugal offers several residence permit programs such as the Golden Visa, the Long-Term Visa for Entrepreneurs, the Startup Visa and others. Choose the program that fits your goals and circumstances.

2. Collect the necessary documents: Each visa program has different documentation requirements, but you will usually need to provide a passport, proof of financial solvency, health insurance, a certificate of criminal record, and other documents to verify your personal and financial information.

3. Prepare a business plan (if necessary): If you are applying for an entrepreneurial or start-up residence permit program, you will need to develop a detailed business plan explaining your business idea, development plan, projected financial performance, etc.

4. Apply: After preparing all the necessary documents, apply for a residence permit to the appropriate authority, such as the Portuguese Immigration Service (SEF - Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras). Your application will be reviewed and you may need additional documents or information.

5. Pay the fees: When you apply, you will have to pay certain fees and government charges related to the residence permit process. The amount may vary depending on the program and other factors.

6. Go through the interview and screening process: You may be required to have an interview and additional screenings, such as background checks and medical exams, as part of the review process for your residence permit application. This may include providing fingerprints, photographs, and proof of your identity.

7. Receive Notification of Decision: Once your application is complete, you will be sent a decision notice. If the decision is positive, you will be granted a residence permit in Portugal, which will be valid for a certain period.

8. Apply for a residence permit: Once you receive the notification of acceptance of the decision, you will need to apply for a residence permit at the appropriate authority, such as the Municipality or the Portuguese Immigration Service.

9. Obtain a residence permit and get a residence card: Once you have submitted your application and paid the necessary fees, you will be issued a residence permit and a residence card. You may be assigned fingerprints and a photograph to create your residence card.

10. Renewal of the residence permit: A residence permit in Portugal is usually issued for a certain period, after which it can be renewed. You will need to keep track of the deadline and submit the necessary documents to extend your residence permit.

It is important to note that the process of obtaining a residence permit may vary depending on the program, conditions and individual circumstances. It is advisable to consult official sources, such as the Portuguese Immigration Service (SEF) or the Portuguese Consulate in your country, to get accurate and up-to-date information on the procedure for obtaining a residence permit in Portugal.

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