Greetings everyone, WOW, This was really confusing trying to find the “reply”, or maybe it’s just me.
Intro: My partner and I are retiring to Portugal, from Vashon Island WA, (we love our island but can’t afford it anymore) hence how we found this site, among others.
We are both artists and looking to get out of this crazy country (so sad), and to an easier way of life with folks you are so helpful, (it’s in their DNA).
And for my first contribution a few items we just found out about.
- Portugal Ministry of Foreign Affairs for San Francisco anyway is now going all “on-Line”. They have just updated their application on line, pretty easy to fill out, (blue lines) and we heard back within an hour that it was received and recorded. Next they now have on their website that are doing “mailings” to save folks having to travel. At least that’s what they just put on their site.
- Laws in Portugal are in the mist of changing. They are giving owners of apartments a tax break if they can get a 2 year lease. So be aware, also( NOTE here, they are now asking for a year long lease on the residency visa app). This is due to everyone trying to buy buildings and creating “Airbnbs”. Giving the locals some breaks, which I totally get and think it’s great. Portugal is still a very poor country, tech is moving in and hopefully this will help the younger generations and give them a better monthly wage, most folks have to have 2 jobs and work like crazy to pay rent and bills. Rent being almost 50% of their pay check.
A realtor can usually help you in getting your NIF tax card as they need it for the lease, which has to be recorded for your “residency” visa. Ciao Francesca and Michael.