Question:

If I apply for citizenship after 5 years residency in Portugal, are there any other conditions about speaking Portuguese I should be aware of?

Answer:

It is worth mentioning that, among the documents that will be required for applying for citizenship, an applicant requires a certificate of basic language proficiency (A2). There are a number of language schools that provide individual tutoring or classes to prepare for this certificate.

If a UK citizen applies for higher education in Portugal before 31 December 2020, he or she will be allowed to maintain the same status as citizens from any EU member state for the duration of their course (i.e. the fees for the course).


Answer supplied by Chamber member, lawyer Cristina Silva Dias, cristina@silvadias-legal.com

Question:

Can we travel back to the U.K. before December 31st 2020 and still get the residency?

Answer:

As soon as you obtain your residency rights, you will be entitled to live in Portugal and you can travel freely. Nonetheless, please bear in mind that as a tax residence you should spend 183 days per year in Portugal or, in alternative, you have to treat Portugal as your main centre of interests.


Answer supplied by Chamber member Edge International, ggraham@edge-il.com

Question:

Do we all need a Fiscal number?

Answer:

Yes, all of you will need to have a Portuguese Tax Number, because you will be considered tax resident in Portugal.


Answer supplied by Chamber member Edge International, ggraham@edge-il.com

Question:

Do we need a tenancy agreement or can we rent via Airbnb to get the residency?

Answer:

You have to conclude a rental contract. As you should have your main interest centre in Portugal, rent via Airbnb is not suitable.


Answer supplied by Chamber member Edge International, ggraham@edge-il.com

Question:

How long does the residency last?

Answer:

Usually, the UE Residency Certificate is valid for 5 years.


Answer supplied by Chamber member Edge International, ggraham@edge-il.com

Question:

If we get residency can we travel back to the U.K. freely and can we also travel to Europe after 31. 12. 20, as we have been so far?

Answer:

As referred, you will be able to travel freely. However, you need to pay attention on the number of days you spend in other countries in order to avoid being considered tax resident elsewhere.


Answer supplied by Chamber member Edge International, ggraham@edge-il.com

Question:

Is there a set number of days we need to be in Portugal before we can get residency?

Answer:

In order to acquire residency rights in Portugal it’s not necessary you stay a set number of days in Portugal before it. However, to be considered tax resident in Portugal, you should spend 183 days per year in Portugal or, in alternative, you have to treat Portugal as your main centre of interests.


Answer supplied by Chamber member Edge International, ggraham@edge-il.com

Question

My parents own a house in Portugal and spend several months each year there. But they have never registered with the authorities as residents, should they do that before 31 December 2020?

Answer

Any British person living in Portugal or who spends a lot of time each year there should proceed to register at the local Camara where they live in Portugal without delay, and certainly before 31 December 2020.

For more information see this section of the Portuguese governments website

Question:

What conditions should I be aware of in order to obtain residency in Portugal? As far as I’m aware I should be able to support myself without being a burden to the Portuguese state. Are there any specific numbers in terms of income or savings which would represent being self sufficient?

Answer:

An EU citizen (which the British will be until 31 Dec 2020) will have to sign an affidavit confirming that he or she has sufficient financial capacity to be self-sufficient, but there are no minimum requirements.


Answer supplied by Chamber member, lawyer Cristina Silva Dias (cristina@silvadias-legal.com)