Government “searching” for unregistered Portuguese in UK

in News · 09-10-2020 01:00:00 · 12 Comments

The Portuguese Government has admitted to “searching” for Portuguese residents in the United Kingdom who have not yet registered as residents, since they only have until 31 June to do so.

The proximity of the end of the transition period to ‘Brexit’ and the lack of progress in the negotiation between London and Brussels constitutes “an alert for the Government” namely for a renewed “attention to citizens”, said Ana Paula Zacarias, the Secretary of State for European Affairs.

“We can see how many citizens have not signed up yet, how many should have done it and haven’t done it, why didn’t they do it? We must now be more objective and go in search of more of those citizens who are outside the normal system”, she added.

Ana Paula Zacarias replied to Deputy Carlos Gonçalves (PSD), who expressed concern about “a fringe of Portuguese”, corresponding to “almost 100,000”, who have not yet registered and the lack of response from the Portuguese consulate regarding the need for Portuguese documents to be “up to date”.

Both Carlos Gonçalves and Isabel Oneto (PS) questioned the Secretary of State about the revision of the contingency plan for the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, which Ana Paula Zacarias announced on 16 September.

The official replied that this is an “update of the plan”, “now revised in view of the current situation”, and highlighted the need in particular for companies to prepare, with or without agreement, in the area of customs rights.

“Companies that export fresh products to the UK need to prepare, because it is plausible that there could be disruptions here or there in the market and in transportation”, she warned, stressing that, with or without an agreement, “there must always be an adaptation [... ] from Portuguese exporting companies to the United Kingdom ”.


Please run a story about how ineffective and incompetent the Portuguese Consulate in London is. For years it’s been a real disgrace... seems like they make it their job to make it almost impossible to renew any documents

By Jasmine from UK on 04-03-2021 11:33

Os serviços consulares portugueses no Reino Unido prestam um péssimo serviço. Mais valia fecharem de vez e e recambiarem também o embaixador de volta para Portugal. Qualquer serviço consular dos países denominados de "terceiro mundo" fazem bem melhor.
Infelizmente não é só no Reino Unido, pois outros serviços consulares na diáspora portuguesa são apanágio do mesmo laxismo e incompetência!

By Hernâni from UK on 14-10-2020 04:23

The Portuguese Consulate in London is an absolute shambles, I have been trying to update my ID card and passport for over a year and cannot even get an appointment, never mind registering my wife and daughters who are British to arrange for them to have one of each.

By Jose Lampreia from UK on 13-10-2020 08:30

portugueses con documentos do homeoffice britannico nao precisam deregisto porque esse documento e o sufficiente. e preciso mostrar esse documento sempre que reentre no reino unido.

By grainda thomson from UK on 11-10-2020 11:00

What's this about you have to be registered

By Alda Afonso from UK on 10-10-2020 04:31

So when Brexit rules come into force, if you are living 'under the radar' and your paperwork is not up-to-date, you are in fact an illegal migrant.

By Annie from Algarve on 10-10-2020 09:02

First create a real Consulate, then ask the Portuguese for the registration.

By Vitor from UK on 10-10-2020 05:57

It would be nice and helpful if the Portuguese government reciprocated, by offering the government webpages in the international language of English rather than just Portuguese. Whether it's cars or citizenship or property buying, it's a legal nightmare in a foreign language, to it's hard to navigate.
The British government websites provide all this in foreign languages, why not the Portuguese government?
Sometimes I worry racism is built into the system!!!

By Bradley Carter from Lisbon on 09-10-2020 10:45

It's absolutely disgusting that Portuguese citizens living in the UK have to travel to Portugal to renew their passports and ID Cards, due to not being able to get ANY reply or communication from Consulado General de Portugal in London.

By Odette Lima from UK on 09-10-2020 03:15

The Portuguese should reciprocate !!!!!

By Liz from Algarve on 09-10-2020 03:00

June 31 - interesting

By David from Algarve on 09-10-2020 10:27

Problemas come o portuguese consul em londres pare arranjare os passports or bilhet the identidade

By antonio Da Costa from UK on 09-10-2020 08:17
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