New law

ALL FOREIGN citizens wishing to reside in Portugal on a permanent basis must now prove they have sufficient financial means to sustain themselves.

The new law came into force on December 12 to prevent foreign nationals, either EU or non-EU, from cashing in on Portugal’s social security and health systems.

Proof must be shown either on application of a Resident’s Visa, Work Permit or Residency Card through the immigration authorities SEF (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras).

The amount, which corresponds to the basic minimum wage per month of 426 euros, is classed as sufficient means to guarantee the necessities of the immigrant and his/her family in terms of food, housing, health care and hygiene.

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