If you could outline your travel arrangements, perhaps there is an alternative solution out there.
I think in theory you still might get your GV pre-appoval before Sep 2023 but as others noted it is very unlikely.
Obtaining your full GV approval (with the permit card and all) before Sep 2023 is, in my assessment, impossible.
We are sailing from NY on (yikes) 9/11. The ship is the only way for us to transport our dogs without having to put our big guy in a cargo plane, which I can’t bear to do. It books 2 years in advance, so our next chance would not be until 2025, and we have already sold our house here and are living in a temporary situation on reliance of assurances that we would receive our GVs. (Lol.) We have to pay in full for the cruise on 5/11, so we are hoping to know by then what our visa situation will be.
Ok, so in that case you may expect that your GV pre-approval comes before 5/11 so from then on you could rely on having a ‘pending process with SEF’ for your residence right in PT.
Even if you decide to cancel GV and switch over to D7, I guess you should be able to apply for D7 from PT?
I am not a D7 expert, I suggest you check the requirements and if all stacks up you can relax and wait for the GV to play out. And if it does not play out for some reason, then you switch to D7. But not now.
Yeah…we were assured it’s non-discretionary and that as long as we complied with investment parameters and application requirements and didn’t have anything shady in our backgrounds, the visas must be issued. Our lawyer said he was seeing GV applications speed up and D7s slow down given the D8, and also was (reasonably, I think) confident that the court order against SEF in August or whatever it was meant they would certainly start to speed up…. It turned out to be a bad, overly optimistic take.
Once SEF finishes processing the Dec '21 flood of people rushing to beat the Jan '22 rule changes, I am hoping things speed up a little. I do not have enough confidence to bet money on it, but I imagine there were many times more applicants in Dec than normal.
Plus SEF didn’t really accept (m)any applications until like June or July '22, so the processing timeline should jump forward quite a bit after Dec '21 is done. Whether or not 6 months of post-rule change applications is enough to continue crushing the system, who can say!
Right now my optimistic hope is that our Oct '22 application receives pre-approval early enough to then be invited for biometrics in Q1 '24. But that may very well be unrealistic.
Actually, Amanda, in accordance with Portuguese law (paraphrasing my lawyer), you can remain in Portugal even before the actual pre-approval: once your application is submitted and fees are paid, your case is considered “pending”. This means they won’t kick you out of the country after your initial 90-day automatic U.S. tourist visa, but you won’t be able to travel outside Portugal. If you are flying out, leave for a non-Schengen country like U.K., Ireland, U.S., Canada, etc.
Also, there is a bi-lateral agreement still in force between U.S. and Portugal that gives you additional 60-days past 90-day tourist one. I have the text of this treaty referenced in the following thread: U.S. - Portugal bi-lateral treaty.
Between all these, amounting to 150 days after your arrival, you should receive your pre-approval and maybe even an invitation for biometrics if SEF, with its newly-created special task force to clear the backlog of applications, would pick up the pace.