It depends on what sort of visa you apply for, however, it’s worth noting that due to Covid, there are severe delays in all visa applications. Some visas that normally take 1-2 months to apply for are taking nearly 12 months.
The good news is that the government has recognised these delays and have been extending people’s temporary visas so that they have enough time to apply.
Because of the backlog, SEF have been prioritising prior applications which backdate almost two years.
We recommend applying for your NIF and getting the visa application underway prior to arriving in Portugal to maximise your chances of getting the visa as quickly as possible.
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