My husband and I are currently still working and living in the US, and working on a plan to retire in Portugal and travel in Europe. Our plan currently includes applying for a Portuguese Residence Permit for Investment (ARI) to get that in process so we will be able to easily move to Portugal when we retire.
We are in the process of opening a Portuguese bank account and transferring the required funds for the ARI visa and submitting the ARI visa application. We are planning to use a path not involving real estate investment, so we do not plan to visit Portugal before our SEF appointment for interview/biometrics.
- We know we will need to schedule an SEF appointment in Portugal as part of the ARI visa process (interview/biometrics). At that appointment, will we need to show a visa as part of the ARI paperwork, or is our 90-day entry as a US citizen with a valid passport all that is required?
- If we need to provide a visa, which visa do we need to get that will satisfy the ARI paperwork requirement? Schengen, National, or either?