Portugal's immigration agency being taken to court over delays in Golden Visa processing

Web Desk 10:58 PM | 2 Feb, 2023
Portugal's immigration agency being taken to court over delays in Golden Visa processing
Source: Photo by Porapak Apichodilok

LISBON - Multiple investors who have waited too long to get Portugal's Golden Visa are taking the immigration authority to court over the incessant delay, it has emerged.

A legal battle has started against the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) which deals with Golden Visas over the delays which have reached to dozens of months. In particular, the delays in scheduling – a necessary step to obtain a Residence Permit for Investment (ARI) – have left the investors with no option than to utilize the legal channel for help.

Apart from the delays, there are hosts of issues. For instance, the ARI platform was frozen between January and mid-June, preventing foreigners from even submitting their applications for golden visas. The issue of delays in scheduling appointments to obtain golden visas, was exacerbated even after the resumption of platform as the process could take up to two years when the law provides for a period of 90 days.

Scheduling with the SEF is done after the application for the program has been previously approved by the specialists of that entity for Golden Visa. At this stage, the legally required documentation is delivered and the biometric data of foreign investors is collected but for this to be possible, a meeting with the SEF is a must.

Amongst other examples, a British investor decided to take SEF to court with the help of lawyer Bettino Zanini and filed the case on April 11, last year. The lawyer received judge's final decision according to which SEF would have to analyse and decide on his client's request for golden visas and if the application fulfilled all the required criteria, it would have to make an appointment available to the investor within 10 days, Idealista reported.

Statistics portray a gloomy picture as SEF has already lost a total of 18 court cases caused by delays in scheduling to obtain golden visas; One of the lawyers, Bettino Zanini has already won four cases and is waiting for the decision of another five.

The process of obtaining Golden Visa for Portugal is complex considering that to book appointments with SEF, foreign investors have to look at the vacancies made available by the platform but after the pandemic, the vacancies became scarce. Now investors with approved golden visa applications wait months before receiving an email to schedule an appointment. 

After the application is analysed by SEF specialists and is approved, the entity must indicate which dates are available to schedule the appointment as the next step. As per the law, the deadline is 60 working days, that is, 90 days in a row, although there are cases in which an extension of the period is allowed due to the need for additional data but lawyers say the delay was stretched to 18 months after the pandemic.

The courts have relied on the deadline to award favourable judgment for the applicants who, after making large investments in the country want to obtain gold visas quickly. The investment has surged in Portugal after the launch of Golden Visa but the delays are causing stress to the investors.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 28, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 28, 2023 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 284.1 287.15
Euro EUR 304.5 307.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345.5 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.3 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.7
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 753.18 761.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.5 207.7
China Yuan CNY 41.44 41.84
Danish Krone DKK 41.30 41.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.92 36.27
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 924.09 933.09
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.84 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 178 180
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 735.91 743
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.43 78.13
Singapore Dollar SGD 209.5 211.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 308.97 311.47
Thai Bhat THB 8.3 8.45

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 28 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 204,300 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Karachi PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Islamabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Peshawar PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Quetta PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Sialkot PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Attock PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Gujranwala PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Jehlum PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Multan PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Bahawalpur PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Gujrat PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Nawabshah PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Chakwal PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Hyderabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Nowshehra PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Sargodha PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Faisalabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Mirpur PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465


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