“When we reach October of this year, SEF will be extinguished as its employees are integrated into the other forces, that is, in October of this year the process of extinction of the SEF will take place”, José Luís Carneiro told journalists.

On Wednesday, the President of the Republic promulgated the two diplomas regarding the process of merging the SEF, namely the transition regime for workers and the creation of the Agency for Integration, Migration and Asylum (AIMA), which will replace this service in matters of administrative procedures in relation to foreign nationals.

The government official explained that, within the scope of this process, some of the workers in general and administrative roles will be transferred to AIMA and the other employees in inspection and supervision roles will join the Judiciary Police.

As part of the end of SEF, administrative functions will pass to AIMA and the Institute of Registration and Notary (IRN), while police powers will go to the Public Security Police (PSP), National Republican Guard (GNR) and Judiciary Police (PJ).

The GNR will be responsible for monitoring, inspecting and controlling maritime and land borders, including cruise terminals.

The PSP will be responsible for monitoring, inspecting and controlling airport borders, while the PJ will be responsible for investigating illegal immigration and human trafficking.