Awaiting Final Approval (Stage 4)

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Hey guys, thanks for keeping the database up-to-date as your approvals are rolling in!

I have two updates for you that you might find useful:

1. You can now use your Nomad Gate username as the “public ID” of your entry in the database.

I got some feedback that it was difficult to spot your own entries in the various database views (for example to compare your progress to those with a similar timeline).

So I created a randomly generated ID for each family, which you’ll find on your personal dashboard.

And today I made it possible to swap this random ID for your Nomad Gate username, with a single click:

2. A new biometrics to final approval timeline view

I’ve created a new biometrics to final approval timeline (grouped by biometrics location):

Note that it only show the people who already received approval, not those waiting. Airtable only lets me include people in the timeline that have both the relevant start and end dates set. There’s a way around it, but it would require a bit more work.

Once including those still waiting, I think it makes sense to filter out those who haven’t submitted an update in say a year (with the option of clicking a button to say that there are no new updates, resetting the counter). I’m still building out that functionality, but it should be ready soon enough.

Hope you like these minor updates, and if you have more suggestions, feel free to DM me or drop them in this thread.


Absolutely pathetic. The timelines involved in this process have been beyond frustrating.

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Congratulations Windy for the success


Just to add:
Bio in Faro: Dec 29
Approval and payment request through email (never had DUC): June 1
Card received by lawyer: Jul 25


Did you add to the timeline?


Hello to everyone.
What status should be after biometrics is made (I mean status on ari.sef portal)? Now I have “application accepted” like after preaaroval.

Status will remain as “application accepted,” but if you click on the calendar, it should read “Compareceu” (“showed up”) in the “situation” column on the schedule entry for the date that your biometrics was scheduled.

Got the DUC from lawyer today.
Bio was in Jan 2023 at Coimbra.


Congrats! Which date in Coimbra? We did ours there and yours is second from Jan. Wondering how fast they’re working!

Jan 6. But we were required to submit new POA a month ago. Not sure if it delayed the approval.

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Hi Chris, are you adding more people to your records? If you are, here’s more data for your records. I had an interview with Lisbon SEF on June 9th, and my husband had an interview with Lisbon SEF on July 6th. Thank you for your good work, and helping us to stay informed. Bradley

Thanks, will add you to the list :slight_smile:

Thank you Chris. Hopefully more people will provide the dates to provide better data.

You updated the gv tracker here on nomadgate yes?

Are you talking about the Google spreadsheet with all of the phases of the process? If you are, I’ve requested more data be entered, but I’m not sure if it’s been done.

@bradley.yvr & @cwaljw great if you add your updated timelines there, if you haven’t already!

Guys, do you know the mechanism for the final issuance and delivery of the card?
Is it done by the same SEF office where the biometrics were completed? Or some other organization?
Any practical way of chasing them?..

(Still waiting for my card, day 48 since the DUC payment…)

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It was my understanding that this usually went to your attorney’s law firm-it was either mailed to them or picked up by them. My recollection from others was that if it was mailed, it did take quite a long time, but I cannot find that thread/message in a search.

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