Family Reunification Residence Permit

Family Reunification Residence Permit

 

Contact Person: Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras, call (+351) 808 962 690 

Kind of Visa: Residence Visa or Permit, Act 23/2007 of July 4, amended by Act 29/2012 of August 9 

Number of Visas Available: NA 

APPLY FOR THE FAMILY REUNIFICATION VISA   


The Family Reunification Visa in Portugal enables foreign residents, who have renewed their initial residence permit, to bring certain relatives to Portugal on a residence visa. This visa is valid for four months and allows recipients to apply for a Portuguese residence permit, usually granting residency for one year. Residence permits can be renewed every two years for a total of five years, after which the holder can apply for a permanent residence permit. 

  

ELIGIBILITY 

  • Spouse 
  • Minors or children with disabilities of the couple or of one spouse 
  • Minors adopted by an unmarried applicant, by a married applicant or by the spouse 
  • Children who are of full age, unmarried and dependent on the couple or of one of the spouses 
  • First-degree relatives in the direct ascending line of the resident or his/her spous, provided that they are dependent on them 
  • Minor siblings provided they are under the tutelage of the resident, in accordance with a decision made by the relevant authority of the country of origin, and provided that such decision is recognized by Portugal 

The following are also considered family members of a refugee who is an unaccompanied minor: First-degree relatives in the direct ascending line and his/her legal guardian or any other relative, if the refugee has no relatives in the direct ascending line or such relatives cannot be traced 


DOCUMENT CHECKLIST 

  • Application for Schengen Visa  
  • Proof of the right to Family Reunification by a relative’s, who is a foreign citizen, holding a Residence Permit, EU Blue Card or Long-Term Resident Status
  • Proof of family ties, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, household certificate, etc.  When a refugee is unable to submit official documents proving a family tie, other proofs of the existence of such relationships shall be taken into consideration. 
  • Certified copies of the identification documents of the applicant family members of authorized resident is required, provided that the originals of the documents are presented by their holders at the Service Desk, in which case only the original presentation of copies of the respective documents 
  • Proof of refugee status 
  • Two identical passport photos in color and with a plain background, updated and with good identification conditions 
  • Authorization to consult the criminal record (see printed in Portuguese) family member, except for children under 16, for consultation of the Portuguese criminal registry by the SEF whenever the latter has been in National Territory for more than one year in the last 5 years 
  • Certificate of criminal record issued by the competent authority of the country of nationality of the family member and of the parents in which he / she has been resident for more than one year 
  • Passport of the applicant which must be valid for at least 1 year, including photocopies of all pages 
  • Written authorization of the non-resident parent authenticated by the Portuguese consular authority or copy of the decision attributing the legal trust of the minor child or guardianship of the incapacitated person to the resident or his / her spouse, when applicable 

If applicable,  

  • Copy of complete narrative certificate of birth 
  • Written authorization of the non-resident parent authenticated by the Portuguese consular authority or copy of the decision attributing the legal trust of the minor child or guardianship of the incapacitated person to the resident or his / her spouse, when applicable 
  • Proof of the economic dependency situation and registration document in the educational establishment in Portugal, in the case of older, single, dependent children 
  • Proof of the economic dependency situation, in the case of a first-degree ascendant of less than 65 years of age 
  • Certificate of the decision granting the adoption, accompanied by a certificate of the decision of the national authority that recognized it, when applicable 
  • Certificate of the decision granting the guardianship, accompanied by a certificate of the decision of the national authority that recognized it, when applicable, in the case of minor siblings 
  • Written authorization of the non-resident parent authenticated by the Portuguese consular authority or copy of the decision attributing the legal trust of the minor child or guardianship of the incapacitated person to the resident or his / her spouse, when applicable 
  • Proof of Facto Union (de facto partner, meaning the actual existence of a partnership) as provided for in article 2-A of Law no. 7/2001, of May 11, as amended by Law no. 23/2010, of August 30, accompanied, whenever possible evidence of the Facto Union that should be taken into account for the purposes of paragraph 2 of article 104 of the Aliens Act. 

APPLICATION PROCESS 

Step 1.  

Fill out the application for the Schengen Visa.  

Step 2.  

Collect the documents in the checklist: 

  • Proof of the right to Family Reunification with a relative 
  • Proof of family ties 
  • Certified copies of the identification documents of the applicant family members of the authorized resident  
  • Two identical passport photos in color and with a plain background, updated and with good identification conditions 
  • Proof of refugee status  
  • Authorization to consult the criminal record (see printed in Portuguese) family member 
  • Certificate of criminal record issued by the competent authority of the country of nationality of the family member and of the parents in which he/she has been resident for more than one year 
  • Passport of the applicant which must be valid for at least 1 year, including photocopies of all pages 

Step 3.  

Collect the relevant documents for your family reunification application as listed under “If applicable” in the Document Checklist. 

Step 4.  

Provide all of the documents which are neither in Portuguese nor English with a certified copy in either of these languages. 

Step 5.  

Locate the closest Portuguese diplomatic mission, schedule an appointment by phone or e-mail and submit your family reunification application.  

Step 6. 

After receiving your residence visa and arriving in Portugal, remember to apply for a Residence Permit at the local Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras office in the course of the first three months after your entry to Portugal in order to extend your stay for more than four months.    


HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION 

  • Locate the closest Portuguese embassy and schedule a visa appointment. 
  • Submit the Application for Schengen Visa along with the remaining documents from the checklist. 
  • Once this has been accepted, collect all of the relevant documents along with their certified translations, and provide them at the local embassy or consulate. Be aware that there is a fee (or the official table in Portuguese here) of approximately 99 euro to apply for the family reunification visa.  

 

Embassy of Portugal in Cyprus  

Arch. Makarios III 

1516 Nicosia, Cyprus 

Phone: 1+357.22.375.131 

Email: nicosia@mne.pt 

Opening hours: Visiting hours 

Monday – Thursday: 10.00 –12.00 

Office hours: Monday – Friday: 9.00 – 17:00

 

 

Embassy of Portugal in Turkey  

Kirlangiç Sokak, No. 39  

Gaziosmanpasa, Çankaya 

06700 Ankara 

Phone: +(90) 312 405 41 09 (Embassy) or +(90) 312 405 60 28/29 (Consular Section) 

Email: ankara@mne.pt


 APPLICATION DECISION 

Once the residence permit is granted, the recipient can enter Portugal and stay for four months. The recipient has to apply for a resident permit at the closest SEF office before three months have passed in order to extend his/her stay.    


ADDITIONAL PROGRAM SPECIFIC INFORMATION: 

  • All original documents that are not in Portuguese or English must be provided along with a certified/legalized translation in either of these languages.    

QUESTIONS? 

If you have any more questions, please consult this Frequently Asked Questions document or check out the listed links from Portuguese law, European law and Expatica: 

EXPATICA – Family Visa Portugal 

EXPATICA – Moving to Portugal 

EXPATICA – Portuguese Visas and Residency Permits 

SEF – Family Reunification 

Europa Law – Family Reunification 

SEF – Documentos