Awaiting Biometrics (Stage 3)

Oh, now you are getting too technical! :slight_smile:
What makes you to believe that their RBDMS is actually has such a field to begin with? Would be far too logical. :slight_smile:

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Task force created to assess end to golden visas - Portugal Resident

This clarifies it’s going to take some time.

700 SEF employees to be transferred to APMA - The Portugal News

Things have started moving :+1:

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Doesn’t this mean things will slow down! What is APMA?

Not a long read:

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May I ask, according to your lawyer, how long does it take to get the final approval? My wife and I did the biometric in early February in Lisbon, but up to now, there is no news at all from SEF. Now I have been waiting for more than 9 months and 2 weeks already.

They made so such predictions. On this subject, i don’t think anyone can make predictions that can hold water.

Did my biometrics in August and my attorney told me it could take a year to get cards. Hopefully you’ll be receiving soon!

Good luck to all those that are still waiting for appointments or cards. I know it is frustrating. Hang in there. Its a bad time to be “in process”. I wish I could have hope that things will improve. At one point I thought yes, but after seeing the same problems over and over for 2 years or longer, I don’t know anymore. I am sure that it will all work out fine in the end, but the needless agony and delays unjustified. Well, it is what it is. You buy your ticket and you take your chances.


I got my pre-approval in June 2021 , my dependent actually got a slot for the biometric in July 2022 however the main applicant didn’t … and our lawyer tried and not able to get my appointment… and I am still waiting for the appointment …anything I / my lawyer can do in this situation? :frowning:

Hi All, any update for biometric appointments? Applied on Nov3 2021. Preapproval received on April 29th 2022. Still no news of Biometric appointment . What dates are all waiting for now? any one from November 2021 who got appointments?


I applied on Oct 4th 2021. Unfortunately their last cut off date for biometrics was 30th Sep (application date).


I applied in November 2021 too and preapproved in August 2022, no news on biometrics yet. As per my lawyers no slot has opened since the last one closed.

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Acording to what I know, the dependent applicant will only have the card when the main applicant has already had the card. In your case, the main applicant did not even have the biometric yet. So it is impossible for Sef to issue the card. I might be wrong. Things in PT are not consistent at all. But in my opinion, it’s a bit weird if the dependent applicant is going to have card in hand in about 4-5 months and the main applicant is still waiting for biometric​:flushed::flushed:. SEF is just unbeatable :raised_hands::raised_hands:


This is not my understanding. I was preapproved along with my parents in June 2021 and my wife was preapproved in November 2021. All 4 of us had our biometrics appointments earlier this month and the expectation is that we will all receive our temporary residency permits at the same time (hopefully in 6 months, but I am fully expecting to wait a year).

Just an update after so long -my husband received his Residence card in the post today. We started the GV process in 2017 and were approved and received 1st cards in August and December 2018 respectively. We did the SEF appointment for our last renewal in July this year, my husband did his in Coimbra and I did mine in Portimão. So now he has received his card but we see that the expiry date is November 2024 which means that we’ve lost a year - 2018 plus 5 years should surely be 2023? I haven’t received my approval yet so who knows when my renewed card will arrive.


There has been talk here about applying for citizenship when the 5th year rolls over, regardless of what the cards say.

The latest I’ve heard (and makes sense to me) is that you have to get a letter from the SEF that says something about how you’ve had a legal visa even with expired cards due to the extensions passed by the government to successfully apply, but I’m no lawyer so check with yours, and read up on the threads and see what others have done


Hi Garret,

The count starts on the date on your first card.
Before Covid if you didn’t renew with a certain period (I think 3 months) you GV would canceled.

So regardless of the extensions your count would be running anyway. I have not reached the 5 year mark…1 year to go…but I asked multiple lawyers and they all confirm this.

I hope SEF respects this .


You have gained time and money - after your five years are up (counts from your first card - your new card expires in Dec of 24) so you have the time to get citizenship done without coughing up another 7K!


That’s how I see it! :smiley: