Awaiting Pre-Approval (Stage 2)

The lawsuit tracking is a great idea. We filed last week for final approval. Applied November 2021.

For what it’s worth, my lawyers have also advised that a case is the best way forward now, since AIMA and the presidential thing.

Hi Pichki,my attorney submitted the application two months before yours.He told me it would be 6-8 months before the pre-permission and now it’s been more than 8 months.If you want to advance the lawsuit,count me.

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Not totally stopped pre-approvals…just slow
I applied on 7th December 2021
Pre-approved by AIMA today 21st November 2023 :star_struck:
That’s a wait of 23 & half months…

Post-script: I applied with Capital Transfer, no longer allowed under the new regs, and pre-approved by AIMA today while new regs in place


have a little patience. you applied MONTHS AGO.

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You should fire your lawyer if you applied in 2023 and they told you the process would take less than a year. They 100% lied to you.


I mean the first step,pre-approval was said to be finished in 6-8 months my friend

This is also not realistic, at all, unfortunately.


I feel like lawyers lying about processing times to get more business has made this situation so much worse. Mine also said that they expected the process to speed up significantly soon. Took about 4-6 months to compile the application (from getting the NIFs to opening bank accounts to submitting the final thing). This was so much longer than I had hoped - and they ended up submitting my application in March 2023. According to them, once AIMA came in, the thing should have improved and it would only be a matter of a couple of months after that. What a bunch of BS.


There are more than 1200 lawsuits already filed by GV applicants. And most are now getting rejected by the administrative courts. Mine too was rejected even though I filed an year after my application was submitted and paid for. Nothing much can be done now since investment already made. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the bumpy ride. If reputation mattered, portuguese lawyers, immigration agencies and portuguese government lost it long time back and they still dont care. It is only upto future investors to do their due diligence. For those who applied post june-22, i think we are still 1.5 year away from pre-approvals.


Do you have a source for this?

What I said is still true. Pre approval is closer to 16-18 months now, and has been for quite a while.

LOL that sucks. What an insane garbage industry.

What were the reasons for rejection?

I am about to file the case. The advice of my lawyer is that the court now reject the complaints more often if the person is not living in Portugal because according to the court when you are not in the country, your case is not urgent. It is a crappy logic. Because i think other way around. People do not come into the country because they do not have the valid card in hand. But it is how things are played out here

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OMG! I applied Nov 23, 2021 and got preapproval on July 7, 2022. There must have been a complete stoppage of GV processing for your application to have taken so long

Yes, I agree, it seems I’m about a 1 year behind some in that cohort…i don’t know why.
What stage are you on now, I’ll try to catch-up :innocent:?

The nice thing lately (or at least, prior to AIMA?) is that biometrics is very predictable now.

If only final approvals could catch up, and then preapprovals!

Waiting for final approval. Biometrics were on February 7, 2023

I’ve not been following closely, where would you recommend I go for Biometrics if I can go outside Lisbon? Thanks