Apply for asylum in Portugal

Acceptance of applications in accordance with Council of Ministers Resolution №29-A / 2022 of 2022-03-01, which regulates the rules for granting refugee status in Portugal.

This e-residence team’s initiative was created to support the Portuguese government and has methods to help anyone in need of asylum in Portugal.

An asylum is a form of protection. Everyone has the right to apply for asylum. It is up to the Portuguese authorities to assess whether they need protection.

We will do our best to make the application review time 30 days.

FAQ

Refugee Status or Temporary Asylum?

There is only one form of application in Portugal, as a result of applying you will be given a residence permit for a full-fledged residence.

What do I need to apply?
  • Your identification document.
  • You have not been registered as a person in need of asylum in another country.
    * According to the Dublin Agreements, you can apply for refugee in ONLY 1 EU country.
When will I have the result of my application?

At the moment, neither the SEF nor the Government of Portugal guarantees any official deadlines for obtaining a residence permit. If you have applied in SEF, you have a paper proving that your documents were accepted and you will be informed about any changes in your status. For now the queue is more than 7000 applicants, so the result cant be expected earlier than in a month.

For how long the residence permit will be valid?

First residence permit is valid for 1 years.

What is the cost of application?

An asylum application is free of charge.

Do I have the right to get a job in Portugal?

Yes, you have the right to be employed. Every refugee will have an access to the employment center (Agência de Emprego).

Will I be provided with financial assistance?

At the moment, there is no payment for refugees, in case of changes you will be informed in addition.

What is the timeframe after submitting an application to the SEF to get a residence permit?

At the moment, neither the SEF nor the Government of Portugal guarantees any official deadlines for obtaining a residence permit. If you have applied in SEF, you have a paper proving that your documents were accepted and you will be informed about any changes in your status. For now the queue is more than 7000 applicants, so the result cant be expected earlier than in a month.

Will I get the NIF in SEF?

At the moment it's just in the plans of authorities, we know about only one exceptional case. We advise you to book an Airbnb for a week and immediately start to look for long term accommodation. In one week it's more than real to obtain a NIF and sign the rental contract.

Can I enter Portugal with a non-biometric passport of Ukraine?

Yes, by any ground transportation (namely except avia transport).

What should I expect after applying online via e-residence.com?

You receive the email that your application is accepted, now you have plenty of time to settle down and organize your life. If you are not in Portugal yet, it's not obligatory to come here urgently, the application will take a lot of time to be processed, there is already a big queue.

Can I apply online via e-residence.com instead of going to SEF in person? Can I do it if I'm not in Portugal yet?

Yes, you can.

Can I leave the territory of Portugal after applying for asylum?

You can leave Portugal after you obtain a residence permit.

Can I immediately open a bank account and get a Portuguese bank card?

Yes, if you do it by yourself, an account will be opened no earlier than in a month.

You can also do it by yourself, if you have contracts with companies from the European Union, or you have a business in Ukraine and can provide tax returns.

The fastest option is to get it through our friendly agency (with personal presence - 1 day. Remotely 3-4 weeks)

Where will I live initially?

A team of volunteers works on temporary housing, connecting those in need and those who are ready to provide it. Officially, free housing is not provided.

For how long can I sign a rental contract?

Usually long term contracts are signed for a minimum 1 year. But according to the law you can terminate it in 4 months, warning 2 months before.

Can I rent an accommodation without a contract?

Very unlikely. First of all, the contract gives safety for you and guarantees that the owner won't force you to leave the apartment or won't increase the price unexpectedly. With a contract the landlord doesn't even have a right to enter the apartment without your permission.

What do I need to provide to sign a long-term contract?

Usually, if you have a NIF, proof of stable income, guarantor, etc., you can sign a contract for 1 year, paying 2 months' cost (first two or first and last) and 1-2 months' cost as a deposit. Without these requirements, the contract can be signed, in most cases, only by requesting payment for a year in advance.

Will the salary of ukranians with refugee status be a subject for taxation in Portugal?

No, the salary of ukrainians is taxated in Ukraine and is not relevant for Portugal.

What about Ukrainian pensions in Portugal?

Ukrainian pensioners can transfer their pensions on the basis of an agreement on mutual recognition of pensions between Ukraine and Portugal.