Article 78, no. 1 of Law no. 23/2007, of 4 July provides that the renewal of temporary residence permits must be requested “up to 30 days before their validity expires”.

The possibility of automatic renewal of residence permits was already foreseen for some types of temporary residence permit, with the exception, for example, of residence permits for students in secondary and higher education, volunteering, and investment activity.

This feature was extended on November 24 to students in higher education. It must be done through accessing SEF’s portal, selecting the option “Pedidos” and then “Renovação Automática”. The applicant must then fill in his personal data, and the Single Collection Document (DUC) will be immediately issued to pay the respective administrative fee. Without having to go to a service desk, the renovation will be completed and the residence permit will be sent to the applicant’s address.

According to SEF’s data, approximately 22000 foreign students of higher education are covered whose residence permit meets the necessary conditions to be renewed digitally.

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