After 5 years of legal residence in Portugal, you can apply for Portuguese nationality, proving that you are legally in Portugal for this time and presenting the necessary documentation for your registration as a Portuguese national.
What are the requirements of applying for permanent residency in Portugal after holding a D7 visa for five years?
I just obtained my D7 visa of Portugal. I was told that it is possible to convert it into permanent residency after five years. What are the requirements? After becoming a permanent resident of Portugal, do I still have to fulfill the requirements of the D7 visa? For instance, can I legally work in Portugal by then although it is not permitted for a D7 visa holder?
After holding a temporary residence permit for a minimum period of five years, you can apply to a permanent residence permit. You will need to schedule an appointment in Immigration and Border Services (SEF) and present the following documents: your residency card; two recent, identical photographs, in color with a blank background, and easily identifiable; a passport or any other valid travel documents; evidence of sufficient means of subsistence, as per the provisions of Order number 1563/2007; evidence that the applicant has adequate accommodation; the permission for SEF to check Portuguese criminal record, except for applicants under 16 years old; supporting evidence of tax and social security obligations; evidence of basic command of the Portuguese language, by presenting, including 1) a certificate issued by a Portuguese official or officially recognized teaching establishment, or where the applicant attended an official or officially recognized teaching establishment in a Portuguese speaking country, 2) an attestation of successful completion of studies issued by that teaching establishment, or 3) the attestation of successful completion of elementary Portuguese studies issued by the Institute for Employment and Professional Training (IEFP) or by any other official or officially recognized teaching establishment, or 4) a certificate of knowledge of basic Portuguese, through a test in Teaching Portuguese as a Foreign Language (CAPLE), recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science.