ARI Holders (Stage 5)

Seems like the IT guys at SEF are playing tricks on us :rofl:

@minimaxr:

Mine is back to Aceite-Em instrucao! While it was showing completed yesterday.
Check yours, what’s your status now.

Same em instrução… :see_no_evil:

@IME: my family status was in (eminstrucao) but now it says waiting for the payment!

@Zach1 yeah, looks like SEF cranked up the time machine again to go back to last Friday. “Aceite - Em instrucao” here too. No worries, we know what happens next :slight_smile:

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First card from the online renewal process is out. Congratulations @sleuth_09dirk !
Golden Visa Online Renewal - #6 by sleuth_09dirk

(As you said @Onward it’s a 2-year card)

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Excellent that its so fast though!
@minimaxr: you or your lawyers dont have the card yet? Or is it still going through the variations in status??

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No card yet, @Onward. I have the same dates as sleuth_09dirk - application on 19/01, payment on 23/01.

The variation in application status continues, it is now back to ‘Concluído’ for the third time. I think the status volatility is not important, just SEF IT people doing IT things. The portal is under heavy load, as it opened up on 19th for everyone, not just ARI. On other forums, I’ve seen people with TRCs (work permit) who applied for renewal on 19th get their cards over the last couple of days. So keeping fingers crossed :neutral_face:

I agree. All the signs are that there have been instructions from above to get residence authorisations moving and reduce the jam. The system is being overloaded, but should soon stabilise. The Casa de Moeda will be working around the clock printing cards, and I assume that normal mail (often unreliable) or card pick up from SEF, is being advised.

Expired residence cards are valid in Portugal until 31 Dec 2023

SEF issues your new card based on your previous biometrics data

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I had the same situation but I simply paid DUC generated on the renewal portal. My status is “Completed” now, so I guess everything is fine. The DUC on ARI portal is still unpaid

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Card received 9 days after payment…

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Congratulations!
Question: Can you confirm that your card expires 2 years from the date of approval or payment this January 2023- irrespective of when your previous card expired? When was the expiry? Therefore, you (or spouse) now have a residence card that will be valid for several months after you achieve 5 years’ residency?
I believe that if you go the citizenship route, you will need a SEF “Certidão de contagem de tempo” as proof that you achieved 5 years’ residency. However, an important value of the extended card validity period is that it covers you for several months of the 1+ years it takes to apply for and achieve citizenship…!

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[EDIT: updated timeline]

Received some cards yesterday, some yet to be received. Timeline:

  • 19/01/2023: Online automatic renewal application
  • 23/01: Payment
  • 29/01 (Sunday!): Date of issue as printed on the card. This is also when the status on the portal became ‘Concluído’ for the first time
  • 06/02: Some cards received
  • 08/02: Remaining cards received

Other points: Cards are valid for 2 years. Issue/expiry date of this card is identical for primary applicant and family members, even though issue/expiry of the previous card was different. Address on card has been updated as per online renewal application, and card is delivered to the updated address. Renewal cards have been issued by Lisboa SEF, though the previous card was from a different SEF. Last but not least, the application status on the portal yesterday had gone round again to ‘Accepted - in instruction’ even as the postman was making his rounds.

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Great news @minimaxr with details that can help others to anticipate! You (and family) can relax, despite spinning activity :upside_down_face: on the portal… !

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Remaining cards received 08/02. Whew!

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2 years from date of issue (3 days after payment). Card will be valid for 1 more year if decided to apply for citizenship when the 5 years mark comes.

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RAD. This is great news! I read somewhere that you can start to apply for citizenship 3 months prior to your five years (not sure how true this is). Do you think you’re going to apply for citizenship?

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Just to close out, my experience and the experience of @minimaxr continue to track pretty closely. I got the investor card on Monday; the family cards all arrived today (Friday). Updated addresses were there and complete, despite some language in the letter saying we might see just a postal code and not a town name.

I was somewhat surprised that the number changed. I had used the previous card as the identity document for a few things (e.g. an upcoming CIPLE exam), with the expectation that the number would be consistent. It isn’t, so I guess I will take the old and the new to any place I did that.

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