Family reunion visas have specific requirements, taking into account the place you are moving from and the nationality you come from. IBC specialises in obtaining visas for both investors and their families.

An application for family reunion/family reunion visa will need to be submitted personally by the applicant in his/her country of residence, is valid for a period of 2 years for successful applicants.

Children who are holders of family reunion visas are commonly eligible for permanent residence, they will be entitled to the same employment, education, health care, tax and social benefits in Portugal as citizens.

Eligible for this Visa:

The applicant may apply for residence permits for the following family members, granted by Portuguese law and the visa rules and requirements for family reunion in Portugal:

  • Spouse or partner;
  • Children (under 18 years of age);
  • Dependants over 18 years old, provided they are not married and are registered as full time students in Portugal (or in any other country in case of Golden Visa);
  • Dependent parents of the spouse or partner;
  • Siblings under 18 years of age of the spouse or partner, if legally under their supervision;


The existing law in Portugal as well as the criteria and documentation will have to be fulfilled in order to prove the stability and quality of the partner wishing to join a Portuguese resident. If these criteria are not met, the family reunion visa will not be issued to partners and all subsequent dependants.

The reunion of a minor child or incapacitated dependent of only one of the spouses must be authorised by the other parent or by the official body that decreed the custody of the child by the applicant parent.

Please note, that those who have been granted a residence permit on the basis of studies, traineeships or voluntary work may only apply for a Portuguese family reunion visa for their spouse, partner and minor children or other dependants.

Documents requiered:

  • Passport (valid for at least 6 months);
  • Criminal record certificate (or police clearance letter), except for children under 16 and family members of an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen;
    Residence permit card of the applicant*;
  • Taxpayer identification number in Portugal;
  • Certificate of no debts to the Portuguese State;
  • Residence certificate issued by the local parish (Junta de Freguesia)*;
  • Health insurance policy valid in Portugal (or Portuguese National Health Service card)*;
  • For the applicant’s spouse, a marriage certificate; or for cohabiting or “common law spouse” who has been one for more than 2 years, a certificate of this status issued by an official entity such as a court;
  • For each child, a birth certificate and, if aged over 18 and unmarried, a certificate of civil status and proof of enrolment as a full-time student (at a Portuguese educational institution)*;
  • For each dependent parent the birth certificate of the main applicant (or spouse) plus, if under 65 years old, a certificate of absence of income issued by the tax authority of the country of origin.


*Except in the case of a gold visa.

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