Family reunification

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  • Term of receipt: 1-2 months after submission of documents
  • 📄 Apply: in the Portuguese consulate or reunite in Portugal
  • 🤑 Requirements: usually +50% of the main applicant's income for the spouse and +30% for the child. If possible, show savings in a Portugese bank account
  • Who can reunite: spouse, minor children or financially dependent relatives
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The family may apply simultaneously with the main applicant. But if they didn’t have an opportunity to apply for a visa (and you have already exchanged the visa for a residence permit) or your residence permit was initially obtained in Portugal, then you can request from AIMA a document for family reunification, with which relatives can apply to the consulate for a D6 visa.

The family can also come to Portugal on a tourist visa (or under a visa-free regime) and reunite with you in Portugal under Article 98.2.

NIF and NISS are not mandatory documents for family members. However, if you submit them to AIMA, these numbers will be printed on the backside of the card, which is convenient.

Which family members are eligible for family reunification?
  • The spouse
  • Children under 18 years
  • Children over 18 already studying at a Portuguese school or university and are financially dependent on you
  • Adopted children
  • Siblings under your official custody
  • Parents under 65 years if they are financially dependent on you
  • Parents over 65 years
💡 The fastest and easiest way to get residence permits for your family is to apply simultaneously at the consulate.

If you want to request a certificate from AIMA for D6 visa application for your family, or apply for reunification from within Portugal you will need to catch a slot. AIMA opens slots for reunions very rarely.

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Check-list for family reunification documents

  • Confirmation of the right to family reunification of a foreign citizen with a residence permit
  • Certificates of kinship not older than 6 months, with apostille and translation
  • Passport
  • Rental contract
  • Proof of income - salary slips, invoices (recibo verde), savings in your account. Minimum requirement - 820 € (as for 2024) for the main applicant + 50% for spouse + 30% for a child
  • Authorization from a family member for a criminal record check in Portugal, if he/she has been in the national territory for more than one year in the last 5 years (except for children under 16 years of age)
  • Certificate of no criminal record from countries where the applicants have resided for more than one year.
  • Proof of legal entry into the national territory
Do you still have questions? Feel free to ask us.

Average 98.2 process

1

You get a D visa or residence permit

The reunification is easier if you get D visas for the family in the consulate. Your family members also may come to Portugal as tourists.

2

Book an appointment with immigration office

Call +351-217-115-000 and schedule a visit for each family member ( art 98.2). This may take time - sometimes you have to wait for slots.

3

Your family applies for residentship at SEF

On the scheduled dates, your family members come to the immigration office, submit their documents, and submit fingerprints.

4

Family members get residence permits

Your family members will receive their ID cards via mail within 2-12 weeks after visiting SEF.

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