Support for British citizens in residence requests

in News · 03-07-2020 01:00:00 · 7 Comments

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) will provide support to British citizens and family members in applications for residence in Portugal, to guarantee their rights following the UK’s departure from the European Union.

A joint statement from the IOM and the British Embassy in Lisbon highlights that the project will be implemented until 31 March, 2021 and the official launch will take place on 7 July, at 5pm, on the Webex platform.

According to the statement, the information will be provided ‘online’ and through other means of communication and will be available to all.
“IOM will provide specific support to individuals who face certain challenges, namely people with disabilities or chronic illness, people who face language and literacy barriers or barriers in accessing relevant technology,” reads the document.

Brexit, the UK’s exit from the European Union, was formalised last 31 January and has a transition period in effect until 31 December.
The IOM project is funded by the UK Government under the UK Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF).

This fund has made available around £3m (€ 3.3m) for charities and other organisations to support UK nationals living in the European Union.

The project, which is coordinated by IOM United Kingdom, is being implemented in Portugal, France, Spain, Slovakia, Poland, Italy and Germany.

Cited in the statement, the head of the IOM Portugal office, Marta Bronzin, expressed satisfaction at “being able to support UK nationals to ensure their rights and to safely continue their life projects in the country, reaching those who need it most”.

The British ambassador, Chris Sainty, highlights that “supporting UK nationals is one of the priorities of the British Embassy”.

“We are very pleased to support IOM in this project to help vulnerable UK nationals in guaranteeing their rights so that they can continue to live safely here in Portugal”, he stressed.

IOM is working closely with the British Embassy and in partnership with the High Commissioner for Migration and will promote awareness campaigns aimed at UK citizens living in Portugal, share accessible information on residency procedures and provide direct support to people who have greater difficulties in accessing information and residency processes, the note adds.


@Jose Ribeiro, I don't think Boris Johnson cares much what you think. He has another four years before he needs to call an election, and I actually think he will win again. What counts are the opinions of millions of UK voters, not your narrow set of UK friends on the Algarve.

By Billy Bissett from Porto on 12-07-2020 07:25

Trying to renew our residency, which expired in June 2020.
Like others unable to get a response from SEF. Sent many emails, and can’t access their online services.

By Carol Summers from Algarve on 08-07-2020 12:12

My husband and i are retired, have a home and 5 year residencia in Portugal. We are currently in the U.K. as my husband is receiving treatment for cancer. We are planning to return early September. Will he get the medical support he will need in the future?

By Susan from Lisbon on 05-07-2020 09:52

Boris Johnson you are PATHETIC. If I recall correctly it was a Portuguese nurse (Joao) that according to you saved your life, after you contacted COVID 19 do to your Ignorant and Reckless attitude to the Virus. No doubt many of your citizens died because of you trying to equal Donald Trump. Portugal and England have still today the oldest Treaty in the world between two counties and you repay Portugal by blocking tourism, when Portugal according to everyone acted exemplarily in dealing with the virus and currently have much better results than UK and most other counties. I have many UK friends and not one of them agrees with you and I am sure you will not be re-elected.

By Jose Ribeiro from Algarve on 04-07-2020 12:28

I have been trying to make an appointment to renew my residency during the last 3 months. In fact I tried by phone 64 times on 2 July without success. Furthermore there on-line booking service is not operating. I have also sent emails of complaint but no one answers them. I am sure there are many others with the same problem. Can someone speak to someone in authority and do something about this lack of cooperation.

By Barrie Athey from Lisbon on 04-07-2020 09:56

I have been trying to book SEF appointment online/ by telephone to apple for EU residency card since April 2020 and I failed in every single time. it is just not possible. I really hope IOM will support. Thank you

By Ady from Lisbon on 03-07-2020 01:50

Hi all,
my wife is a Portuguese national and we are moving back to Portugal by the years end. I am a Brit and have medical insurance in Portugal via my bank there( CA); what need I do to gain Dual citizenship?

By Terence Patrick O'Brien from UK on 03-07-2020 11:45
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