Family reunification in Portugal

The easiest way is to get a residence permit for one of the family members who have more income and then bring the family to Portugal.

How does a family reunion work?

After you have received a residence permit, your family also becomes eligible for a residence permit. The process is called reunification (Reagrupamento familiar) and is divided into 3 types.
1
for family members who are not yet in Portugal (Article 98 par 1. - remember to complete the application form and record at the immigration office)
2
for family members who are already in the country (Article 98, paragraph 2. - arrived within the Schengen area and stayed)

How to make an appointment for family reunification in Portugal?

1
Wait for new family reunion slots to open (you need to check on the official SEF (immigration service) Facebook page (do not be surprised, at the moment this is the only source of information on this article). Usually, it appears once every 2 months, and you can make an appointment in the next 2-4 months.
2
The official SEF phone numbers +351-217-115-000 or +351-965-903-700 (get ready to call for a long time)
3
After, you need to provide your relative's residence permit data and family members' passport data, as well as your current Schengen visa number.
4
Visit the SEF on the appointed day with the list of documents you will find below

Family members eligible for a residence permit through family reunification in Portugal

Only spouses, children, parents, and minor brothers and sisters under your care are eligible for a residence permit for reunification. Indirect relatives cannot obtain a residence permit.
Children under 18 years old are reunited based on a birth certificate or an adoption certificate.

Children over 18 years old could be reunited if they are:
  • not married
  • provided by parents
  • studying at an educational institution in Portugal
Parents also have the right to be reunited with the residence permit holder if:
  • you can show an income of 50% of the minimum 705 euros per month
  • provide proof of accommodation for parents
  • parents over 65 are considered dependents of the residence permit holder
  • parents of retirement age up to 65 provide a certificate of pension not exceeding 705 euros and automatically become dependents
  • parents of pre-retirement age will have to collect a package of documents proving their financial dependence on children, as well as the need to help children raise their grandchildren while they work

There are 2 ways how to get family residence

Important! If your family is already in Portugal, they can apply for family reunification without obtaining a D6 visa. They must attach boarding passes or other documents as evidence of the legal entry into Portugal territory. Even if they violated the period of stay on a Schengen visa, the immigration service will issue a residence permit but may force you to pay a fine (which does not apply to children).

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