SEF Pre-Approval : Sharing Status

They were asking me to agree to an appointment timeline without going back and forth with me, so they can click the button ASAP […] It hasn’t been done yet

not sure i understand. why didn’t they click the button if you agreed on an appointment timeline?

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The lawyers are arranging who wants what appointment and where ahead of time, so when appointments open up they can efficiently secure appointments for their clients

So in other words, don’t worry, biometrics appts aren’t open, you didn’t miss anything haha

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Yes, it seems to be something like this. Their English is about as good as my Portuguese, so the details are not always clear. :slight_smile:

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I was preapproved last June. Applied Nov 2021, booked my biometrics on 16 Dec for 15 march (would’ve rather done it earlier, but my lawyers picked that date). I’ll take what I can get, not worth the risk, and turned it into a birthday trip!

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Nov 29 2021 applied
Sept 1 2022 pre-approved (wife a few days after)
16. Jan 2023 biometrics in Porto (me), 10 March for her in Funchal.

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Any one else got pre approved this week?

Will be interested to see if my “started a company” does anything to speed process .

Hey, Martin, since you just finished the process, I’m assuming you’re still in good contact with your lawyer. Do they have confidence in the to-be-established APMA speeding up the immigration process? My lawyer has been drifting away from me since our application was two years ago so I wanted to ask you. It’s brave to invest in the program at this time because like me, I’m going crazy, especially when my children ask me why can’t they move to Europe since I promised them happily back in 2021 we’ll live by the ocean😅

I started a company so the “too late” really didn’t apply since I now have 10+ employees. Attorney is still in contact and also involved since he is the corporate attorney .

Thanks Kari. Wow I’m glad I got my biometrics done on Feb 6. I wanted to try to reschedule until sometime this month since I already had a trip booked (I am back in Albufeira now) but I am glad I didn’t try that. I just hope I get final approval and my card before I have to leave again in 3 months

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Thanks, Kari, for the sunny and informative update. Parabens!

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I posted a while ago that my husband got his preapproval on February 10. I just got mine today, March 21. We both applied on December 22, 2021.

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congratulations. how interesting that the pre-approvals were 1.5 months apart!

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Who else submitted in Dec 2021 and haven’t received pre approval?:raising_hand_man:Please leave a emoji.

Submitted last week 2021. Still waiting.

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I believe that timelines were collected in the following post where you can have a clear idea on the processing timelines Application Timeline Database - Please contribute! - #11 by nx1995xx

I counted more that 50 applications that we’re submitted before or on Dec 21 and not yet pre-apprved

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50?? This is crazy…

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Submitted Dec 14th 2021 still waiting for pre-approval

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As I’m one of those, I am inclined to being optimistic and grasping at
straws as a coping mechanism, so I’ll go ahead and say “some of those
folks may have forgotten to update the database when they were
pre-approved, so it may not be quite 50”.

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I bet everything on the establishment of APMA, the minister said it will be “steady and reliable”, and is supposed to “start a new era”.