How has Brexit impacted residency in Portugal?

By TPN/Lusa, in Business, News · 29-01-2021 01:00:00 · 0 Comments

According to the Withdrawal Agreement signed between the United Kingdom and the European Union, if you were legally living in Portugal before the 31st of December 2020, the rights you enjoyed as a resident before Brexit are protected.

Nevertheless, you will need to take steps to obtain a new residence permit that confirms your status as beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement.

If you are a holder of an EU Registration Certificate (issued by the Town Hall) or a Permanent Residence Certificate/card (issued by SEF), you should register to exchange your current documents at: https://brexit.sef.pt/en/. After registering on the portal and submitting the form, you may download your registration confirmation. If you travel abroad, you should present your passport and proof of residence in Portugal to the immigration officer at the border.

After January 2021, those who have registered on the portal will receive an email asking them to book an appointment to provide biometric data for their new residence permit. This will take place at a Town Hall near your place of residence that will be providing this service.

If you are protected under the Withdrawal Agreement but were not able to obtain a Registration Certificate before the end of the transition period, you should contact SEF and follow their guidance.

If you plan to move to Portugal after 1 January 2021, you should apply for a visa or residence permit. For more information, please contact the Portuguese Consulates in your country of residency.

The International Organisation for Migration is providing support to UK Nationals protected under the Withdrawal Agreement who are struggling with their residency application. For instance, if you are living with a disability or chronic illness, if you are facing language, or literacy barriers or difficulties in accessing relevant technology, or you know someone who is and might need support, you can contact IOM Portugal: uknationalspt@iom.int; (+351) 913 886 456 – Office hours: 10:00 AM-12:30AM, 2:30PM-4:00PM.

More information: https://unitedkingdom.iom.int/uknsf-portugal



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