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Registering your non-EU family members in another EU country – Portugal

After spending 3 months in Portugal, non-EU family members of EU nationals have 30 days in which to apply for the residence card (Cartão de Residência) certifying their right to live in Portugal.

For this purpose, 'family members' are spouses, relatives in the descending line up to the age of 21, relatives in the descending line aged over 21 who can prove that they are dependants, and relatives in the ascending line who are dependent on the person who has the right to live in Portugal.

Applicants must address themselves to the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras, SEF), after contacting the Contact Centre (808 202 653 (fixed line) or 808 962 690 (mobile) between 8.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.) The following documents are required:

Relatives in the ascending line of an EU citizen

Relatives in the ascending line of the spouse of an EU citizen

The certificate is generally issued up to 3 months after the application has been submitted. It remains valid for 5 years. The current cost is EUR 7.50 for children under the age of 6 and EUR 15 for everyone else.

For further information, and the necessary forms, see the website of the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service.

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