According to the council: “The new service provided is the result of a partnership established between the municipality, AMA - Agency for Administrative Modernization, IRN - Institute of Registries and Notaries and SEF - Foreigners and Borders Service”.

The council also offers the following advice:

“Regarding this new residence permit for UK citizens benefiting from the Withdrawal Agreement (Brexit):

• It will be issued to British citizens residing in Portugal, confirming their status as beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement established between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

• The new residence permit replaces the European Union residence documents (Registration Certificate issued by the municipal councils and Permanent Residence Certificate issued by the SEF);

• Current EU residence documents will be accepted until the new residence permit is issued;

• After registering on the portal and submitting the form, UK citizens can download the proof of application in digital format – a document that can be read using a QR Code – which can be printed and used on trips to prove their residence in Portugal”.