PORTUGAL – Residence Permits Extended until June 30, 2025

July 5, 2024

By: Carlijn Langeveld

In response to extensive delays in processing, mainly due to the unavailability of appointments, the Portuguese authorities already implemented Decree-Laws in January and November of 2023 that automatically extended the validity of Residence Permits and Visas – the latter extending the validity of certain permits and visas until June 30, 2024 (see also our previous alerts from February 10, 2023 and January 4, 2024).

Since such delays persist to this day at the Agency for Integration, Migration, and Asylum (AIMA), a new Decree-Law No. 41-A/2024 has been published on June 28, 2024 (effective from June 29, 2024), extending the validity of any permits and visas with expiration dates from June 14, 2024 onwards (15 days prior to the date the Decree-Law came into effect). Such permits and visas will be considered valid under same conditions until June 30, 2025. Provided that the holder can prove that a renewal appointment has been scheduled, these documents will even continue to be accepted beyond this date.

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While the extension of the visas and permits will be automatically recognised by the authorities in Portugal, it is important to realise that other Schengen countries may not necessarily recognise the new expiration date, which can create complications for holders of such permit or visa, when wanting to travel within the Schengen area.

This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.