Applications for the extension of stay are submitted in any SEF’s directorate or regional delegation, on a standard form, signed by the applicant or his/her legal representative, or on-line, holding the necessary documentation as follows:

  • Two recent, identical photographs, in colour with blank background, and easily identifiable (only for appointments at Aveiro or Braga SEF bureau)
  • Passport or any other valid travel document
  • Whenever the applicant is a minor or legally disabled person, the application should be submitted and signed by his/her legal representative
  • Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence, as per the provisions of Order number 1563/2007, of 11/12
  • Evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation
  • Permission for checking criminal records, where the stay is intended to exceed 90 days (except for under 16 years old)
  • Return travel ticket, or, in duly proven and well-documented situations, booking travel arrangements with clear return date, where the stay is intended to exceed 90 days


  • Articles of Association or service rendering contract for acting as an independent worker
  • Health insurance or evidence of being covered by the National Health Service
  • Document with the necessary information for checking the registration within tax authority
  • Document with the necessary information for checking the regular payment of social security during the tax exemption period
  • Declaration issued by the competent authority for checking the requirements of the profession which, in Portugal, is subject to special qualifications, when applicable

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