What is a residence permit?

A residence permit is a document, issued as a residence title, that allows foreigner citizens to live in Portugal during a certain period of time or indefined time. There are two types of residence permit: temporary or permanent.
The title of residence (TR) is the document issued, according to the rules and standard model in place in the European Union, to the national of a third country authorized to live in the national territory. That title replaces, for all the legal effects, the document of identification of the foreign citizen being, thus, the only document valid to prove is quality of legal resident in Portugal.
A residence permit (AR) is a document, issued under the way of a title of residence that allows foreigner citizens to live in Portugal for a certain period or indeterminate time.
There are two types of resident permit: temporary and permanent.
The temporary residence permit (ART) is a title of residence that allows foreign citizens to live in Portugal for a certain period and has the following characteristics: 
  • As a rule, is valid for a period of one year, counting from the date of issuance of the respective title;
  • It is renewable for successive periods of two years;
  • The title of residence must be renewed whenever changes to elements of identification occurs.
The permanent residence permit (ARP) is a title of residence that allows foreigner citizens to live in Portugal for an indefinite period of time and has the following characteristics:
  • Has no limit f validity;
  • The title of residence must, however, be renewed every five years and whenever such is justified, i.e., when changes to the personal identification occurs.
The request of residence permit may be submitted by the applicant or his/her legal representative and may be extended to minors depending on the applicant.  de
As a rule, the request must be submitted to SEF of the area of residence of the applicant. 
While the residence permit is pending, by a cause non-attribute to the applicant, the holder of a visa of residence is not forbidden from perform a professional activity in the terms that the law allows regarding the type of residence permit in question.

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