When moving to Portugal it is important to know your rights. Depending where your home nation is, the process of applying for residency or visa can be very different.
European Nationals have the right to move freely throughout Europe, however if you plan to stay in Portugal on a long term (more than 3 months) or even permanent basis you will be expected to register your presence with your local council or SEF (Servico de Estrangeiros e Fronteires).
The rules are decided and goverened by the European Commission, and apply to Portugal and all other EU Countries.
The EU continually update their information as changes happen, so in order to keep this information current we at Hey Portugal find it better to link directly to their information. We are not the EU and by using the following link you will get the latest information whenever you visit their website, ensuring you always have access to the very latest information. Their website is also quite hard to find your way around, so we had found the information for you.
In summary there are 3 levels of residency considered with the EU for European Nationals, in respect of: