28 de August, 2023
Portugal is considered the expatriate paradise. That’s nothing new. The increase in the number of applications for residence visas is a reality. However, with this increase has also come a rise in the number of visas denied. For many people, the dream of living in Portugal
can suddenly come to an end because of a very simple detail: irregularities in the proof of residence when applying for a visa in Portugal.
Proof of accommodation is an extremely important requirement in the visa application process, which has been underestimated. E consulates are redoubling their attention when analyzing this document.
In this article we’ll explain what proof of residence is for visa applications, what characteristics it should contain, and how to avoid scams that could make your application unfeasible and even put you at legal risk.
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Proof of residence, in the case of a visa application for Portugal, is a document that confirms that the visa applicant will have a place to live in the country.
It will be required not only to apply for a visa, but also to issue a residence permit in Portugal.
The government’s aim in requiring proof of residence for visa applications in Portugal is to maintain proper immigration control, confirm links, guarantee the integrity of the information provided and comply with established legal requirements. This helps to maintain the security and order of the immigration system in the country.
Avoid problems: provide the correct proof of residence.
Proof of accommodation when applying for a long-term visa in Portugal must be for duration of one year. It must be a clear document and contain the start and end dates of the contract (or period of stay). It must also stipulate the prices, type of property, full address of the accommodation and the names of those involved (landlord/owner and tenant/guest).
Important: The information contained in this document must be CREDIBLE. In other words, contracts with values that are compatible with current Portuguese reality. In addition, the contract must be legal and registered with the tax authorities.
One of the most common reasons for visa applications being rejected has been due to problems with the proof of residence presented in the application.
Government authorities are exercising stricter supervision in this regard. Especially in relation to false lease contracts or containing inconsistent information.
This includes situations in which the declared values are incompatible with the profile of the property, documents that lack official records, contractual conditions that raise suspicions of irregularities, the possibility of tax evasion, among other points.
To illustrate, don’t you think it’s suspicious that a family with a good income, made up of five members, is only renting one room? Or renting a three-bedroom property in the historic center of Porto for a mere €400.00?
Depending on the case, a rejection due to irregularities in the lease may make it impossible to grant the visa. In some situations, the individual will also be unable to submit the same application for a new analysis or review. In other words, you will have to start a new process from scratch.
If the document is identified as false, the applicant may be placed on the Schengen Area’s “black list” (non-admission list) and will be banned from applying for any visa in Europe. The blacklist is a security measure designed to protect the countries of the Schengen Area and maintain the integrity of the free movement agreement.
Furthermore, it is crucial to note that certain irregularities may constitute the crime of embezzlement.
Avoid fraudulent schemes when looking for accommodation. In the vast majority of cases, they will lead to problems and a lot of damage!
Be wary of proposals that offer extremely easy conditions. Avoid schemes with obvious tax evasion, or with excessive ease of canceling the contract. Do plenty of research and ask for help from those who really understand the subject. If you need advice on how to apply for a visa, we’re here to help. Just click here to book an appointment with our team of experts.