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Investors face extensive golden visa delays

11-08-2017

Investors looking to take advantage of Portugal’s golden visa scheme are having to wait up to three months for an appointment at SEF immigration offices in Lisbon. 

According to newspaper Diário de Notícias, extensive delays have appeared since the spring. 

This is being blamed on staff shortages and the growing popularity of the scheme that allows third nationals to gain residence in Portugal. 

Another problem faced by investors is that SEF officials are reportedly not accepting appointments in advance to avoid waiting lists from growing too long.