Is there anyone out there who can help, I wonder.
This is a rather long post, so please be patient if you’re interested:
I have watched a number of the videos/zooms which Nomad has deployed, and, as a result, am interested in pursuing the opportunity to live in Portugal.
I am a British national, having been born to British parents, in the UK, and lived here until I left for the Arabian Gulf in 2011 for work. I remained there until the end of March 2021, at which point I returned to the UK. I own a flat in Birmingham on which there is a mortgage, have a small QROPS, a state pension, and various cryptocurrencies.
My partner is a Chinese national. She owns a flat with no mortgage in China. She also worked abroad, but is now back in China. I am married to a woman I lost touch with several years ago, but my partner is unmarried.
Against the desires of us both, and despite having lived together in the Gulf for an extended period, we were obliged to return to our home countries due to COVID restrictions in 2021. Fortunately, through WeChat, we are able to maintain contact but that’s not the same as sharing a kitchen, as I’m sure you agree!
As things stand today, I am able to travel to Portugal (subject to COVID controls), but I am not able to stay for more than 90 days at a stretch due to the post-Brexit visa complications. My partner, equally, is not permitted to stay within the Schengen Area for more than 90 days. Thus, we both need, I think, D7 visas for Portugal, specifically.
It is our intention to establish our permanent home together in Portugal as soon as circumstances permit, but given our individual situations, this is not straightforward.
Regarding financing this move, we plan to rent a small flat initially, until we find a place we both like, and then I will sell my UK flat, and buy a home in Portugal, thus making Portugal our primary residence.
If you feel that you are able to help us fulfil our aims, please let me know. I appreciate that our situation is complicated, so any suggestions would be most welcome.