I am hoping to clarify some confusion I have about the different scenarios to add spouse/children to a Portugal GV application. I thought there was only one way to go about this, but a recent post has me wondering…
In my case, Main applicant applies for GV, and spouse/children/parents are added directly to the application with family reunification. Per SEF guidelines, this can be done simultaneously with GV application but it subject to GV applicant approval. https://www.sef.pt/en/Documents/FAMILYREUNIFICATION.pdf
Here is a post from Facebook that has me confused:
After MONTHS of waiting (since August of 2020), my husband got his SEF approval for our Golden Visa yesterday. Now we wait for an SEF appointment to open-up in Portugal. Our attorney said that she expects my SEF approval in the next week or so. For those who don’t know, for a couple only one person can apply for the Golden Visa and the spouse in effect reunifies. [Technically both can apply but the amount of money to qualify then doubles so unless you’re super wealthy that option isn’t really open to most] As soon as we are finished with the initial GV process I plan to begin to start the citizenship by grandparents process. I figure that I’ve developed a tolerance to pushing papers and the word apostille no longer makes me vomit, and I’ve begun my Portuguese language study, so why not? It’s a good day.
Confusion is three-fold:
He said that if you add your spouse, the “amount of money to qualify then doubles…” . That was not my experience as only one GV fund investment is needed.
He says “Our attorney said that she expects my SEF approval in the next week or so.” My experience was that the approval came more or less within a week of each other. I am not sure why there would be a 6 month delay if his spouse was approved August 2020 something seems off.
He says " As soon as we are finished with the initial GV process I plan to begin to start the citizenship by grandparents process" I am not sure why anyone would pursue citizenship by grandparents if they are already on a GV. That makes no sense to me.
So now I am worried i did something wrong… Or possible, he took a totally different approach to getting a visa. Certainly, if there is a way to add family members using a D reunification visa that can save the money of the annual GV renewal fees for spouse/children, that would be appealing.