About Relocate To Portugal and our Partners
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Relocate to Portugal provides:
- Guidance through the processes of establishing residency in Portugal;
- Due diligence in ever-evolving immigration procedures and public policy;
- Curated partnerships for legal representation, real estate, and accountancy.
- A team of multilingual administrative assistants to reduce the stress of navigating procedures in a foreign country, in a foreign language.
- A network of resources for day-to-day life.
Gail Aguiar is a lifelong immigrant who moved with her family to Canada at the age of two, then moved by herself the next four times from the age of 19. A former resident of five Canadian provinces (SK, MB, BC, AB, ON) and six countries on four continents, migration has been her way of life. In addition to expatriation, she has also repatriated twice since the ’90s. Her travels have taken her to 42 countries thus far, mostly solo, and she is passionate about travel for personal growth.
Gail is an outlier, part of a minority of expats who did not move for work, study, retirement, or as an accompanying partner. Of her four international moves, three were without the aid of a lawyer.
Prior to moving to Portugal in 2013, Gail worked in economic research, equity research, market research, human resources, and the Canadian public service (Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario). Due diligence has always been part of her work ethic and ingrained sense of responsibility. If a move to Portugal is inadvisable under the circumstances, she will be forthcoming about why.
Gail was a weekly solo volunteer in a migrant detention centre in Portugal from 2015-2020 (when COVID struck, volunteering was suspended twice). Although the objective was to help others, the experience also deepened her knowledge of immigration law and its impact on the lives of a wide demographic of migrants.
During her academic studies in Anthropology, Gail started a personal blog in 2002 which features a large catalogue of photography and information, with the spotlight on Portugal from 2011. She’s written more than 6,110 posts to date.
A professional photographer since 2008, Gail’s website has imagery from her travels in all 18 districts of Continental Portugal, Madeira (including Porto Santo), and five Azorean islands: São Miguel (where she got married in 2013), Terceira, Faial, Corvo, and Flores, with four to go. All the images in RTP’s website and social media accounts were taken by Gail.
Gail’s knowledge of Portugal has led to interviews in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the Toronto Star, in addition to Portuguese media (newspaper, radio). She’s written articles and licensed her photographs of Portugal for Expedia, AirTransat, Lonely Planet, and other travel-related companies. Her latest commissioned work was to co-author the first edition of the Lonely Planet book Experience Portugal, published in March 2022. Gail wrote several chapters (Porto, Douro Valley, Braga) and contributed nine images to the book.
Gail lives in the Porto metro area with her Portuguese husband and rescue dog from Guimarães.
We always try to find a good match between clients and our service partners. Sometimes it’s a matter of geography, availability, or other criteria. We do not work for commission. We are paid by our clients, not by referrals.
We only refer service partners who we know and trust
We have a lawyer on retainer and work with law partners in three different firms serving Porto, Lisbon, Setúbal, and the Algarve.
Specialty areas: property, immigration, tax, contracts, and Golden Visa.
We have a lawyer in Porto with a contract review service to ensure your lease or employment contract is not only legal but fair.
REAL ESTATE AGENTS
We work with licensed agents across different agencies for long-term leases or purchasing property. We choose them based on competencies and feedback from their clients, we do not seek commissions from agents.
We have assistants on our team (independent of agents) to screen your choice of rental listings and make appointments for viewings. If you are not in Portugal, the assistant will video conference home viewings and communicate with landlords.
Accountants & Tax Experts
We work with accountants, tax advisors, and financial consultants in different parts of Portugal.
We work with private insurance brokers around Portugal who translate policies into English and will assist foreign clients with making insurance claims.
WE WORK WITH CLIENTS RELOCATING TO ALL PARTS OF PORTUGAL
Relocate to Portugal is based in Porto, but electronic communication has made it possible for us to assist you, wherever you are. If you need assistance in person outside of the Porto area, we’ll refer you to our partners closer to where you’ll land.
We have associates in the Lisbon area and Algarve.