Getting D-7 whilst waiting for Golden Visa

I have heard that getting a D7 is much quicker than GV.

Our lawyers have told us that starting a second application whilst waiting for the GV is not a good idea. But we are at our wits end here, with no end in sight on the GV.

Can anyone comment on if they’ve done this? What are the real dangers?

Thank you!

Presumably if you start the D7, it would end your GV application. That said, if you want to move to Portugal and can abide by the D7 days in Portugal requirement, seems like it would be a good move. Not only will you get your residency card quicker, but future renewals are all online rather than another 2-3 year renewal wait time for GVs.

Apparently the d7 and the GV are different departments. Don’t necessarily know about each others applicants. Maybe that changes next year with the move out of SEF

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True. But I also only expect it’s 50/50 whether the move out of SEF completes next year.

I am also considering first getting D7 and then switching to Golden instead of renewing the D7, because I hate my rental property whose rental income would be the basis of my D7 application and plan to sell it before moving to Portugal. So I’m also wondering about the ease of switching.

If we cancelled GV application, after pre-approval, then switch to D7, then pick up GV again - is there any thinking that it will be quicker having already gotten pre-approval before?

The issue I have with D7 is first of all, the requirement to have a 12 month lease at the time of application, when you don’t even know if the visa will be approved or when you will get to move. Also, I hate my rental property, whose income would be the basis of my D7 passive income, and plan to sell it right before moving, so I am worried about not being able to renew my D7 visa when it comes time to renew, without having rental income to show. That’s why I’m actually considering the Digital Nomad visa when more details are available, but the problem with that is what if I get laid off from my job? The appeal of Golden Visa to me is it does not require you to prove income.