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Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of attending your SEF appointment? Don’t worry, we have some great advice for you!

We understand that it can be stressful to prepare for an appointment, but it’s important to remember that even if you lose or forget to take documentation, you can still visit SEF. Avoid rescheduling SEF appointments, which could delay the process and cause further stress.

Read on to learn more about this helpful tip.

The importance of attending your SEF appointment

Attending your SEF appointment is essential for anyone who is looking to obtain a Portuguese visa. A SEF appointment is the initial step in getting your Portuguese visa approved and without attending, you are unable to move forward in the process.

The Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF) is the immigration authority of Portugal and provides all of the information, documents and requirements necessary for gaining a visa. Without attending the SEF appointment, you will not be able to fulfil the Portuguese visa requirements and will be unable to enter or remain in the country.


What to do if you lose or forget documentation

If you are in Portugal and you have lost or forgotten the required documentation for your SEF appointment, don’t worry. Make sure to still attend your SEF appointment as the authorities will give you an additional 10 days to get the required documents together. This way you can avoid having to reschedule an appointment, which could potentially delay the process of obtaining your Portuguese visa.

To avoid this situation in the future, we suggest creating a Google Drive folder, or a similar file-saving service, to keep all your documentation in once place. That way, everything will be together and easily accessible when you need it for your Portuguese visa appointment. This way, you can avoid the hassle of losing or forgetting your documentation.


The consequences of rescheduling your SEF appointment

If you choose to reschedule a SEF appointment, you will be put at the end of the line and may have to wait another year before getting your next appointment. This could significantly delay your process for obtaining a Portuguese visa, something you definitely don’t want to risk.

The Portuguese government can be very strict with its immigration policies, so you must show up to your SEF appointment; even if you have forgotten some documentation. Rescheduling can result in costly delays, so it is best to make sure you are as prepared as possible.


How RHJ Accountants can help

At RHJ Accountants, we understand that applying for a Portuguese visa can be a complex and time-consuming process. That’s why we have a team of experienced lawyers who can help you navigate the legal aspects of your application. Our team has extensive knowledge and experience in all types of Portuguese visas, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Whether it’s a student visa or a permanent residency visa, our lawyers can provide support throughout the entire process. So if you’re worried or unsure about applying for a Portuguese visa, you can rely on the expertise of RHJ Law to help you.

Even if you have already started a visa process but are worried something might have gone wrong, our team of lawyers can provide consultancy advice to help you.

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