Hello, fellow expats-
My husband and I recently arrived in Lisbon from Mexico, and we're looking forward to our second expat adventure here in Portugal. We're signing a lease on an apartment in the next few weeks, and beginning the process of establishing residency.
We are both American citizens, but my husband has dual US/UK citizenship (his mother was English).
We got an estimate from an immigration lawyer to handle the residency process, and it seemed quite high to me. Perhaps naively, we're thinking of handling the residency request ourselves, but I'd like to hear about pros and cons or potential pitfalls of doing so first (and maybe find out if the lawyer's estimate was indeed on the high side, or if 1500€ is normal for 2 residency permits. Nothing is more expensive than disappointment!).
We handled most of our own residency visa obligations ourselves in Mexico, where we lived for 8+ years, but of course, every country is different and I'd love to hear about your experience here.
In particular, if there are any other couples out there with one EU citizen and one non-EU, I'd love to hear from you :-)