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.
I applied and paid in November. Still waiting on preapproval!
I have paid on October 10th, and still waiting on pre-approval.
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.
Applied and paid early November 2021
Paid in late September 2021. Yesterday got pre-approval for me and dependents.
~3.5 months of waiting
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.
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.
Submitted: September 3 2021
Pre-Approval: November 29 2021 (dependants), December 2 2021 (applicant)
applied and paid: July 1, 2021
SEF pre-approval: September 1
SEF biometrics appointment: … still waiting …
My application still pending for the pre-approval since 27th of October
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.
Yes, I had this message. Before and after pre-aproval. Even now this message is displayed
Application accepted and paid on Oct 12. Nothing on pre-approval yet.
Application accepted and fees paid on Nov 5th. No word yet.
Application submitted in June 2021
Validated by Immigration Office in July 2021
Biometrics schedule in June 2022
Crossing my fingers for no further delays