Novomove Reviews: NIFs, Bank Accounts, & More

Novomove is one of several web-based companies that help prospective expats secure essential documents like a NIF number or open a Portuguese bank account. For non-EU residents, in particular, having these things is often necessary for a successful visa application (e.g. D7 application). Portugalist readers are able to get a €10 discount on any service … Read more

Anchorless Reviews – NIFs, Bank Accounts, & More

Anchorless.io is one of several companies that help prospective expats with some of the administrative side of moving to Portugal, namely obtaining a NIF number, and Portuguese bank account. Other similar companies include Bordr, Novomove, E-Residence, and Visas.pt. Many of these companies offer similar services, however, one area in which Anchorless excels is through the … Read more

Portuguese Citizenship: 8 Ways You Could Get A Portuguese Passport

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Portuguese citizenship comes with numerous benefits. These benefits include the right to live in Portugal, to work in Portugal, and to study in Portugal. But because the Portuguese passport is an “EU passport” holding a Portuguese passport gives you the right to live, work, and travel within the EU as well. Henley & Partners ranks … Read more

Want to Move to Portugal? Here’s 10 Ways You Could Obtain Residency

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Over the past few years, you’ve probably heard a lot about Portugal. Thousands upon thousands of people are moving here to take advantage of the great weather, the lower cost of living, access to public healthcare, and all of the other benefits that come with living in an EU country. With that in mind, here … Read more

The A2 Language Test (CIPLE) for Portuguese Citizenship

The Portuguese passport is becoming increasingly popular, not least because having it gives you the right to move to any EU country (including Portugal, of course). Many people have a claim to a Portuguese passport — for example, by having a Portuguese grandparent or having lived in Portugal for more than five years — and … Read more

What is AIMA, the New Agency Replacing SEF?

The establishment of the Agency for Integration, Migration, and Asylum (AIMA) marks a new chapter in Portugal’s immigration policy. Replacing the former Portuguese Borders and Immigration Service (SEF), AIMA aims to streamline and humanise the process of managing immigration and asylum services. For those moving to Portugal, primarily from outside of the EU/EEA/Switzerland (i.e. those … Read more

Moving to Portugal from the UK: How Does Brexit Affect Things?

For countless Brits, the dream of basking in the sun, especially during retirement, has been a long-cherished aspiration. However, the post-Brexit landscape has reshaped this dream, introducing new rules and formalities. Gone are the days when Brits could spontaneously decide to spend extended periods in Europe without a second thought about paperwork. While France and … Read more

Can I Move to Portugal If I Have a Criminal Record?

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Thinking about moving to Portugal but worried your minor criminal record might be a problem? Concerned about the clean criminal record requirement for visas like the D7, D8, and golden visa? You’re not alone, and this is a common question that comes up in Portugalist webinars. The good news is that Portugal might be more … Read more

How To Move to Portugal As A Non-EU Citizen

So you want to move to Portugal, but how do you do that? If you or your spouse have an EU passport (e.g. an Irish or German passport), the process if fairly straightforward, but what if you come from the UK, US, South Africa, or anywhere else outside of the EU, EEA, or Switzerland? Basically, … Read more