D7 application, demonstrating ties in Portugal

Hey all, I am in the process of applying for my D7 visa application. I have been to other European countries several times but not to Portugal. Will this count against me in my D7 application? I also do not have any family or people I know personally there. I read in the ‘Visa and Residence Permit 2021 Guidelines’ by Susan Stults that its good to demonstrate ties in Portugal in your personal statement as part of visa application. This is the only thing I fear can act against me. Any advice? how did others who did not have local friends navigate this?

Interesting, I didn’t realize that this was an obstacle for a D7 visa.

Would it be feasible to come on an education visa for Portuguese language classes, and bootstrap that into community ties? My intuition (pure guesswork) tells me that the immigration people would look favorably on a demonstrated interest in learning the language.

I don’t know whether it’s feasible to pivot from a shortish-term education visa to a D7 visa withut having to leave the country and fly back and forth again. That would be a definite negative in my book.

Thanks David! That sounds like something that could definitely work. I’d just like to avoid the hassle of doing visa work 2 times if I can.

That document is based on experiences at the Portugal Embassy and Consulates in the US. Since 2017 the Embassy and Consulates have added visa requirements, ones not on SEF’s (the Immigration and Border Service) list. The personal ties suggestion may not be necessary in other countries.

Thanks Dan Bert! I hope it won’t be necessary in the case of India.

In any case I am trying to find friends of friends who are in Portugal who could give me a reference.

You can demonstrate ties to Portugal via one or more of the following means

  1. having a tax number (NIF) and/or NHS registration (having registration with NHS is difficult if you are outside Portugal)
  2. Frequent visits to Portugal - in line with Golden Visa application (one week a year)
  3. Speaking portugues or passing the A2 Portugues test
  4. contribution to a social cause in portugal (as an example., EUR100-250 chairty into WWF Portugal each year)

Hope that helps.


Thanks for that Aditya! While I can’t do anything about 2 and 3, I can certainly look into 4. My background is in climate change and so a contribution to WWF also matches with my sensibilities and would look right on the visa application. Have you contributed to WWF Portugal before? I had a quick look at the Donate to WWF link on the WWF Portugal webpage and while I can select EUR as a currency, it seems like all contributions go to a centralized account and the receipt won’t say it was for Portugal specifically.

Richa, I found this page listing a few Portugal-based nonprofits working on conservation:


On one hand, WWF (and WCN, Nature Conservancy, the Conservation Fund, etc.) are first class, reputable, sophisticated, highly rated charities doing excellent work all around the globe. On the other hand, you want to demonstrate ties to Portugal. :wink:

Thanks David!
I know what a dilemna! :smiley: