SEF Pre-Approval : Sharing Status

Now that the biometrics seem to be moving again, I thought it may help to create a tracking thread for the times it took for pre-approval with the SEF as well, like the thread around the SEF Appointment thread.

Applied and paid: October 25, 2021
SEF Pre-approval: February 21, 2022

Can any others that applied in the last year or so share their application and pre-approval dates? I think I have read a couple of posts here and there - some at 2 months, and some at 6+ months. Recent data would be most valuable of course.

If you applied with dependents, some details on when the dependents were applied for, and their pre-approval dates would be most informative.

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I applied and paid in November. Still waiting on preapproval!

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I have paid on October 10th, and still waiting on pre-approval.

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Applied and paid early December, nothing so far of course

28 Oct 2021 SEF notification to pay. Paid 2 Nov. 2021. Pre-approval 28 April 22.

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Applied and paid early November 2021

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Paid in late September 2021. Yesterday got pre-approval for me and dependents.
~3.5 months of waiting

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Thanks to Jim for starting the thread, and Andy for the data point.

I submitted and paid late November, for myself and then my dependents. Sounds like probably ~2 more months to go.

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Submitted end of July 2021, still waiting on pre-approval. Seems the time one could be waiting varies greatly based on the specific person at SEF who is assigned to your case.

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Submitted: September 3 2021
Pre-Approval: November 29 2021 (dependants), December 2 2021 (applicant)

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applied and paid: July 1, 2021
SEF pre-approval: September 1
SEF biometrics appointment: … still waiting …

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Wow, that was quick!

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My application still pending for the pre-approval since 27th of October

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Similar timeline for me and family.
We applied and paid: August 20, 2021
We got SEF pre-approval: October 20, 2021
But we are still waiting for our biometric appointments.

Thanks for the info! I also submitted end of September (23rd) but haven’t gotten pre-approval yet. Did you also have the red message saying “ Não é possível concluir a candidatura porque o tipo de investimento aguarda regulamentação” before you got your approval? This is assuming that you had access to your portal.

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Yes, I had this message. Before and after pre-aproval. Even now this message is displayed

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Application accepted and paid on Oct 12. Nothing on pre-approval yet.

Application accepted and fees paid on Nov 5th. No word yet.

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This thread :smiley:

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Hello!
Application submitted in June 2021
Validated by Immigration Office in July 2021
Biometrics schedule in June 2022
Crossing my fingers for no further delays

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