Portal SEF http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/page.aspx Portal SEF - News SEF - New bureau / Study in Lisbon Lounge http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=7121 30 march 2017

for foreign students and investigators

SEF has a new bureau for foreign students and investigators at the Study in Lisbon Lounge.

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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:36:51 GMT
SEF celebrates the 40th anniversary http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=7022 23rd june 2016

The Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service celebrates the 40th anniversary. The Minister of Internal Administration, Constança Urbano de Sousa, preside over the ceremony.



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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:55:30 GMT
Luísa Maia Gonçalves is the new National Director of the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6961 14 january 2016

SEF has a new National Director

Luísa Maia Gonçalves is the new National Director of the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service. The Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, presided over the swearing in ceremony, with the presence of the Minister of Internal Administration, Constança Urbano de Sousa.

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Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:28:20 GMT
National Protocol signed by SEF and Associacão SCP Safe Communities Portugal http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6949 10 December 2015

Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras signed a national protocol with Associacão SCP Safe Communities Portugal.

Today Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras signed a national protocol with Associacão SCP Safe Communities Portugal.

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 16:46:56 GMT
From words to action: Implementation of new EU-Africa plan on migration discussed by 55 countries http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6940 01 December 2015

Heads of states from Africa and Europe agreed on an action plan to tackle migration at a summit in Valletta in mid-November. The operationalization will build on existing EU-Africa cooperation Frameworks, such as the ‘Rabat Process’. Officials from 55 states participating in this political dialogue will gather from 2-4 December in Porto to agree on concrete activities and timelines, and to exchange expertise on trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants.

Senior officials and experts from European and African countries will convene in Porto, Portugal, for two important meetings: they will first discuss the follow-up, monitoring and implementation of the recent Valletta Summit on migration and assess how the well-established ‘Rabat Process’, a cooperation framework between the EU, North, West and Central Africa, can contribute to an effective follow-up. Then the partners from both regions will agree on measures to fight migrant smuggling and trafficking of human beings.

“A coherent and comprehensive set of policies is essential. However this is not sufficient: What we also need is ‘delivery coherence’.” Lukas Gehrke, Director Southern Dimension at ICMPD, who attended the Valletta Summit back in November, underlined before this meeting.

Senior officials will convene on 2 December under the co-presidency of Portugal and Mali, who have recently become members of the Steering Committee of the Dialogue.

Moving from policy to practice, the main objective of the meeting in Porto is to agree on a calendar, methodology and specific actions for the implementation of the plan agreed by Heads of States in Valletta, while taking into account the ‘Rome Programme’ and declaration that defines the policy framework of the Rabat Process. Delegations will also debate a comprehensive monitoring plan to track progress: the Porto Monitoring Plan.

On 3-4 December, experts will engage in discussions on combatting trafficking and smuggling under the co-presidency of Portugal and Niger. Representatives from Africa and the EU are expected to identify concrete initiatives that could enhance regional cooperation on these issues as of next year. Immediate action could focus on setting up comprehensive criminal justice response to smuggling or developing better identification and referral mechanisms for victims of trafficking.

This meeting in Porto is part of the intergovernmental ‘Euro-African Dialogue on Migration and Development’, also called ‘the Rabat Process’. The Porto Senior Officials Meeting is essential to involving all states participating in the 4th phase of the Rabat Process, which is characterized by the practical implementation of the ‘Rome Programme’, agreed in 2014, through targeted actions.

Ever since joining the steering group of the Rabat Process, Portugal has been actively contributing to foster the implementation of the dialogue on the priority axes.

ICMPD facilitates this dialogue between Africa and Europe and supports the implementation of concrete projects. Portugal is a member state of ICMPD since 13 years and has chaired its Steering Group in 2009.

More information: ICMPD



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Wed, 02 Dec 2015 16:30:35 GMT
Press Release – Protocol SEF / Joint Research Centre http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6827 08 June 2015

The Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF), represented by its National Director, António Beça Pereira, and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, represented by the Director of JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen, Stephan Lechner, signed last Tuesday June 9 a Protocol for provision of depersonalised fingerprints with a view to draft the second part of the study on the reliability of these type of biometric data. The ceremony had the presence of the Secretary of State for Internal Affairs, João Almeida.

The Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF), represented by its National Director, António Beça Pereira, and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, represented by the Director of JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen, Stephan Lechner, signed last Tuesday June 9 a Protocol for provision of depersonalised fingerprints with a view to draft the second part of the study on the reliability of these type of biometric data. The ceremony had the presence of the Secretary of State for Internal Affairs, João Almeida.

The first study (which had national collaboration following an agreement signed by SEF and JRC in 08/11/2011) was conducted upon request of the European Parliament and concerns the reliability of fingerprints from children under 12 years old. The study’s report was delivered by JRC during the ceremony.

These studies had a favourable opinion from the National Committee for Data Protection [Comissão Nacional de Proteção de Dados] and from the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees of the Portuguese Parliament [Comissão de Assuntos Constitucionais, Direitos, Liberdades e Garantias da Assembleia da República].

More specifically, Portugal’s contribution to this second phase of the study takes on the provision of a table with sets of fingerprints from minors and young adults (aged from 0 to 25 years old) as well as adults over 65 years old, that are included in the Information System of the Portuguese Electronic Passport [SIPEP - Sistema de Informação do Passaporte Eletrónico Português].

The provision of data has the sole purpose of conducting the scientific study on the technical possibility and reliability of the use/recognition of fingerprints of these age groups for verification and identification of the person, under the EU objectives on border control and identity management systems.

JRC is a European Commission service aimed at providing scientific and technical support to the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies, working as a reference centre for science and technology in the EU.



]]> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 11:54:57 GMT Press Release – Provisional detention for suspects of citizenship fraud http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6825 04 June 2015

The Criminal Court of Lisbon declared provisional detention for the three suspects detained by the Immigration and Borders Service on June 2nd in the police operation «Livro Mágico» [“Magic Book”]. This operation dismantled a criminal network which ensured - through fraudulent means and in exchange for large amounts of money - the acquisition of Portuguese citizenship to foreign citizens allegedly born in the former Portuguese territories in India.

The Criminal Court of Lisbon declared provisional detention for the three suspects detained by the Immigration and Borders Service on June 2nd in the police operation «Livro Mágico» [“Magic Book”]. This operation dismantled a criminal network which ensured - through fraudulent means and in exchange for large amounts of money - the acquisition of Portuguese citizenship to foreign citizens allegedly born in the former Portuguese territories in India.

Fraud in acquisition of Portuguese citizenship:

1. The procedure for citizenship acquisition starts with false documents (supposedly) certified by Indian Authorities through «Hague Apostille», a formality used for the international certification of documents.

2. Certified documents (birth certificates or passports) are delivered in the Central Registry Office [Conservatória dos Registos Centrais] of Lisbon, together with the application for acquisition of Portuguese citizenship.

3. Once the citizen acquires Portuguese citizenship, identity cards [cartão de cidadão] and passports are requested at the Portuguese diplomatic representations or in national territory.

4. The identity cards enable these new Portuguese citizens to travel to other countries, such as the United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada, where they take up residence.

5. Given that these citizens do not take up residence in Portugal nor have any family or social tie with the Country, this “phenomenon” does not have visibility in national territory, and for that reason it stays off the radar of national authorities.

6. Portuguese citizenship has also been requested posthumously, i.e. the children of alleged citizens born before 1961 in the former Portuguese territories in India request Portuguese citizenship for their deceased parents, based in documents with no credibility and from which all the descendants also become Portuguese. There are also some doubts regarding the feasibility of documents submitted by those alleged “children of deceased citizens”.

7. There were also several situations of children of the same mother with only two and three months age difference who have obtained Portuguese citizenship.

8. Once the citizenship is acquired, the new “Portuguese citizens” marry with third-country nationals, resulting in the legalisation of the spouse in national territory and acquisition of Portuguese citizenship after three years. The members of the criminal organisation who ensured the acquisition of Portuguese nationality by fraudulent means acted in exchange for large amounts of money. Those residing in Portugal and those who maintained convenience residence also receive social benefits, such as income support allowance [rendimento social de inserção], unemployment or family benefits.



]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 20:28:28 GMT Press Release – Smart Borders: a project with a future http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6823 04 June 2015

The pilot tests of the European Project ‘Smart Borders’ end today at Lisbon’s Airport.Portugal was the first Country of Europe who tested an innovative program for entry and departures of Schengen Area.

The Immigration and Borders Service, who manages the Smart Borders Project at national level in cooperation with the eu-LISA agency, will receive today at Lisbon’s Airport the visit of representatives from thirteen Member States, including Latvia (as EU presidency), European Commission, eu-LISA Agency and General Secretariat of the Council, with the purpose of collecting information regarding the results of the Smart Borders Project.

The tests conducted at the Lisbon’s air border ended this date, yet they will start in other Member States’ borders, hence this is a moment of share of knowledge, challenges and final results, given that Portugal was the starting point - on March 15 – of the entire European project.

This project aims at finding the best human and technological solutions for the implementation of a system for controlling the borders’ entries and exits, in Europe, of Third-country citizens, named Entry Exit System (EES). Apart from this, the European Union also wishes to test the viability of the project Registered Traveller Programme (RTP) which will allow border crossing through electronic borders to Third-country nationals, duly registered as frequent flyers.

Electronic borders (Automated Border Control (ABC) eGates) were up to this date only used by European citizens over 18-years old. During the testing period, Third-country citizens, in a set of 20 countries, were able to promote the use of their electronic passport and use these devices to exit from the country.

With SEF’s management and the support of ANA/VINCI and Vision-Box®, Portugal conducted at Lisbon’s Airport, three types of tests, not simultaneous, where in addition to the use of electronic borders to exit the country were also tested, at the international arrivals area, the possibility of collection of biometric identifiers (iris, facial image and fingerprints) by using specific kiosks.

We now face ever-changing realities and one of the purposes of this project will be the examination of numbers and facts collected from the several experiences as regards the passenger point of view – foreign citizen, and also the Border Officer point of view, who has the duty to harmonise the need for a swift border control with both national and EU security.

Therefore, Portugal was a pioneer in the implementation of the Smart Borders Project and, as such, will provide a decisive contribution to final conclusions that will be presented to the European institutions, which will serve as evidence to the legislative options and will determine Europe’s direction in this field.



]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 11:29:58 GMT Press Release – Criminal network on fraudulent acquisition of citizenship was dismantled http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6822 02 June 2015

The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) operation «Livro Mágico» [“Magic Book”] detained three persons today, June 2nd, and carried out 15 search warrants in homes, establishments and vehicles.

The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) operation «Livro Mágico» [“Magic Book”] detained three persons today, June 2nd, and carried out 15 search warrants in homes, establishments and vehicles.

The police operation «Livro Mágico» [“Magic Book”] was triggered following an investigation carried out by SEF under the direction of the Lisbon’s Department for Criminal Investigation and Prosecution. The operation focused on the acts of a criminal organisation that, in exchange for large amounts of money, was dedicated to the acquisition of Portuguese citizenship to foreign citizens allegedly born in the former Portuguese territories in India, by means of using false documents, such as birth certificates issued fraudulently.

This fraud enabled the granting of Portuguese citizenship to hundreds of Indian citizens, with the consequent issuing of passports, identity cards [cartão do cidadão], driving licenses and other Portuguese documents to citizens who are not nationals of former Portuguese territories in India.

As a result of the execution of the warrants, an extensive amount of documentation was seized related to the fraudulent procedure, as well as computer equipment, mobile phones, mail, a vehicle, credit cards and c. 20 thousand euros, and also a significant amount of gold and jewellery. Among the seized documents there is the copious evidence that many citizens who acquired Portuguese citizenship have identities different from those presented fraudulently at the time they applied for Portuguese citizenship.

In addition to the three detainees, who will be present at court, other five suspects were also indicted.

The investigation started a year and a half ago, as a result of exchange of information with USA, Canada and UK authorities. These were the main countries of destination of the citizens who fraudulently were acquiring Portuguese citizenship.

In the course of the investigation there was exchange of information with Europol and with USA and Canada through the Immigration Liaison Officers.

The searches were carried out in Lisbon and Vila Franca de Xira regions.

The execution of these warrants had the involvement of 60 SEF’s officers.



]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:01:29 GMT Press Release - Conference under the launching in Portugal of the European legislation Manual on asylum, borders and immigration http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6777 25 March 2015

The Immigration and Borders Service and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) are organising a Conference for next Friday, March 27 2015, at the Auditorium of the School of Law of the University of Lisbon. This Conference will be held under the launching of the European Legislation Manual on asylum, borders and immigration and will be closed by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Anabela Rodrigues.

The Immigration and Borders Service and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) are organising a Conference for next Friday, March 27 2015, at the Auditorium of the School of Law of the University of Lisbon. This Conference will be held under the launching of the European Legislation Manual on asylum, borders and immigration and will be closed by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Anabela Rodrigues.

The Conference comprises two panels: “Legislation on asylum, borders and immigration: results and challenges”, and “Strengthening respect for Fundamental Rights: Global Approach for Migration and Mobility”.

The Manual, which presentation will be conveyed by FRA, is available in Portuguese and enables a global approach to the applicable legislation in matters of asylum, border management and immigration under the European Union Law and the European Convention on Human Rights. Its main goal is to “improve the awareness on common principles developed by case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and the EU Court of Justice, as well as EU regulations and directives, in order to ensure a correct application of the relevant rules, and that the fundamental rights are meticulously respected by each Member State”.

Given that this conference encompasses matters of asylum, borders and immigration, the Immigration and Borders Service joined the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in the launching of the Manual in Portugal, thus cooperating in the dissemination initiative which has been extended to the several European Union Member States.

This Conference has the support of the School of Law of the University of Lisbon and of the European Information Centre Jacques Delors.



]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:07:41 GMT Press Release – Start of the pilot tests of the Smart Borders European Project / March 15 /Lisbon Airport http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6761 15 March 2015

Portugal is the chosen country for launching and starting up the pilot project

João Almeida, the Secretary of State for Internal Affairs and Krum Garkov, the Executive Directive of eu-LISA, attended, on March 15, at Lisbon’s Airport, the starting of the pilot tests of the European Project “Smart Borders”. The choice of the Lisbon area’s border post reflects an acknowledgment to the commitment that has been taken by the Immigration and Borders Service towards technology and innovation.

The tests that started in Lisbon will also take place at Frankfurt, Charles De Gaulle, Barajas and Schipol airports from March to September 2015, based on the voluntary participation of national and third-country passengers.

The European Commission, at the request of the Member States, requested eu-LISA (European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of Justice and Internal Affairs) to select a set of air, sea and land borders in order to carry out tests under the “smart borders” package.

This package comprises a European record of third-country nationals’ entries and departures, containing biometric data and a Registered Travellers Programme, also for third-country nationals, which enables them to use automatic borders – in the Portuguese case RAPID electronic borders.

The project aims at reducing delays at border crossing points and penalising those who do not comply with the rights of stay, as well as increasing security at border checks, thus contributing to make Europe an increasingly attractive, welcoming and safe destination.

More information:

Official Website of EU-LISA

Leaflet

Poster



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Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:59:59 GMT
News Alert - Sef’s Public Service Bureaus changes http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6743 12 february 2015

If you live in:

Açores
Bragança
Figueira da Foz
Madeira
Viana do Castelo
Vila Real
Viseu

You may visit the customer service bureaus of the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF), located in all Regional Directorates, Delegations or Departments of your area of residence, without pre-booking.


If you live in:

Beja (Telephone: +351 284 324 376)
Espinho (Telephones: +351 227 341 165 / +351 227 328 025)
Évora (Telephone: +351 266 788 190)
Portalegre (Telephone: +351 245 205 536)

You may contact diretly, by telephone,  the customer service bureaus of the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) of your residence area, in order to pre-book your appointment.

More information HERE



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Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:52:12 GMT
Visa Information System http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6675 11 October 2014

VIS

Be informed on the Visa Information System (VIS):

Video VIS

Leaflet PT (pdf)

Leaflet EN (pdf)

Leaflet FR (pdf)

Poster VIS

More on VIS at the European Comission website



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Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:28:56 GMT
Press release: Drug courier intercepted at Lisbon Airport by the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service [SEF] http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6656 22 September 2014

SEF has intercepted a non-national female citizen carrying narcotic substances, at Lisbon Airport.

SEF has intercepted a non-national female citizen carrying narcotic substances, at Lisbon Airport.

The twenty-year-old woman was detected by SEF during document control procedures upon her arrival in a flight from Belém, Brazil.

She was immediately conducted to the Tax and Customs Authorities of Lisbon Airport that searched her personal baggage and found the presence of 1,175 kilograms of narcotics, possibly cocaine.

]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:15:30 GMT Press Release – Operation Verão Seguro [Safe Summer]- Algarve http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6655 22 September 2014

On 1 July, initiated the operation “Verão Seguro Algarve - 2014” – which ran until 15 September – aimed at intensifying and reinforcing border control at Faro Airport, at the maritime borders and at the Police and Customs Cooperation Centre [CCPA] of Castro Marim.

On 1 July, initiated the operation “Verão Seguro Algarve - 2014” – which ran until 15 September – aimed at intensifying and reinforcing border control at Faro Airport, at the maritime borders and at the Police and Customs Cooperation Centre [CCPA] of Castro Marim.

The Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service [SEF] has terminated the Operation “Operação Verão Seguro Algarve – 2014”.

On 1 July, initiated the operation “Verão Seguro Algarve - 2014” – which ran until 15 September – aimed at intensifying and reinforcing border control at Faro Airport, at the maritime borders and at the Police and Customs Cooperation Centre [CCPA] of Castro Marim.

In addition to enhancing border control during this period, SEF developed 58 surveillance operations, including approximately 130 checks, targeting bathing areas and other places of large concentrations of foreign nationals.

Six of the fifty eight operations were conducted jointly with the civil police [Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP)], the Maritime Police, the Authority for Working Conditions (ACT) and the Social Security.

The joint actions with ACT and the Social Security were intended at fighting undeclared labour, illegal employment and labour exploitation in the Algarve, since this phenomenon with negative repercussions at fiscal level is highly potentiated by the seasonal nature of labour relations in the tourism sector.

The joint actions with the Maritime Police were aimed at checking recreational craft docked in the coastal areas between Faro and Olhão, at the Ria Formosa and Portimão, at Rio Arade, as well as strengthening the control at the maritime borders of the Algarve.

The joint actions with PSP were intended, first and foremost, at fighting sexual exploitation of undocumented foreign women and international human traffic, and therefore included checks on night clubs suspected of such practices.

700 non-national citizens were checked, 48 of which were irregular migrants, 9 were detained for illegal stay and shall be object of removal proceedings, 1 was detained on grounds of holding a forged document, 25 were notified for voluntary departure and the remaining, on the assumption that they may fulfill the conditions to regularize their status in National Territory, were directed to SEF’s administrative services. SEF also detected one foreigner for whom an extradition warrant had been issued and two others who were wanted by police or by judicial authorities.

18 administrative offenses were filed against employers of illegal workers, and various administrative offenses to non-national self-employed entrepreneurs for lacking the necessary licenses and for unauthorized trade. The value of the fines for illegal employment or trade varied from 23.000 and 180.000 Euros.



]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:51:57 GMT Press Release - SEF executes search warrants within the scope of a European police operation http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6650 09 September 2014

The Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service [SEF]carried out operation “Geo” for the execution of judicial search warrants for the execution of a letter rogatory, with a view to dismantle a criminal association dealing in document forgery and smuggling of migrants, operating in a number of EU Member States.

The Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service [SEF]carried out today (09/09/2014) operation “Geo” for the execution of judicial search warrants for the execution of a letter rogatory, with a view to dismantle a criminal association dealing in document forgery and smuggling of migrants, operating in a number of EU Member States.

Five house searches were carried out in Loures, Sesimbra, Montijo, Azambuja and Aveiro, coordinated by the Attorney-General of the Republic, through DCIAP (Central Department for Investigation and Penal Action). This operation resulted in the detention of a non-national individual who identified himself with false documents and the identification of five suspects who have been indicted. Various false identification documents were seized, as well as a number of bank transfers slips and the mobile phones and tablets used for perpetrating the criminal activities.

A court case designated “Geo” is going through the Court of Munich, the same court that issued the letter rogatory and conducts an investigation on an eastern European group of individuals engaged in forging documents and exporting them to criminal associations settled in various European countries.

The identification of the targets in Portugal resulted from intense cooperation between SEF and the German Police, following operation “Vory” on 06/06/2013, where a criminal association of foreign individuals, who, resorted to false documents and engaged in house burglary, was uncovered and is currently on trial.

In result of intelligence exchange, it was feasible to locate 5 house dwellings in Portugal where the receivers and suppliers of false documents resided. These documents enabled the members of the gang impersonating European Union citizens and move freely within the Schengen Area.

Operation “Geo” was conducted simultaneously in several European Countries where criminal groups were supplied with false documents. In addition to Portugal, searches were carried out in Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Belgium and Greece.

This operation was supported by Europol and involved 30 officers of the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service.



]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:40:33 GMT Press Release – SEF detects drug couriers at Lisbon’s Airport http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6558 7 May 2014

On the course of document check procedures carried out yesterday, when arriving to national territory, four foreign citizens where intercepted by SEF’s officers. The citizens traveled in two different flights from Brazil: two of them on the flight from Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and the other two from Brasilia.

The Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF - Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras) detected at the Lisbon’s Airport border four foreign citizens suspected of carrying narcotics.

On the course of document check procedures carried out yesterday, when arriving to national territory, four foreign citizens where intercepted by SEF’s officers. The citizens traveled in two different flights from Brazil: two of them on the flight from Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and the other two from Brasilia.

Due to the joint work of SEF and the Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority (Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira), it was possible to confirm that the citizens were in possession of narcotic products, which were identically disguised (hidden around their waist), on a total of 9,98kg of cocaine distributed equally by the four passengers.

The citizens were authorized to enter national territory with the purpose of being escorted to Court.

Additionally, during yesterday’s afternoon, two other foreign citizens were arrested, based on the information provided by SEF, collected during the interviews carried out by the Lisbon’s Airport Border Post to the four arrested citizens.

It is the first time that there is a joint operation at Lisbon’s Airport with foreign citizens arriving in different flights, yet with the same modus operandis.



]]> Wed, 07 May 2014 10:59:58 GMT Press Release – SEF arrests holder of forged passport at Faro’s Airport http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6557 2 May 2014

The citizen in question, aged 32, submitted forged passports with the purpose of identifying herself and her minor child who was travelling with her, when they were ready to embark to Toronto – Canada.

The Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF - Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras) arrested a foreign citizen at Faro’s Airport Border Post, on grounds of holding a forged passport.

The citizen in question, aged 32, submitted forged passports with the purpose of identifying herself and her minor child who was travelling with her, when they were ready to embark to Toronto – Canada.

Given that she was illegally staying in Portugal, the citizen was brought to Trial at Faro’s Judicial Court, which determined that she should be taken to Faro’s Airport and stay there awaiting to the subsequent procedural terms that will lead to the citizen’s removal from National Territory.

With regard to the use of a forged identification document, the citizen was judged and sentenced to 60-day fine on a €5 daily-rate.



]]> Fri, 02 May 2014 16:17:24 GMT Press Release – 12 years imprisonment for trafficking in human beings and money laundering http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6556 29 April 2014

Yesterday, the Court of Vila Nova de Famalicão sentenced three persons for crimes of trafficking in human beings and money laundering, with twelve, eight and six years imprisonment.

Yesterday, the Court of Vila Nova de Famalicão sentenced three persons for crimes of trafficking in human beings and money laundering, with twelve, eight and six years imprisonment.

This was the outcome of an investigation carried out by the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF – Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras), which committed to trial 15 defendants before the panel of Judges of Vila Nova de Famalicão. The court considered as proven 12 crimes of trafficking in human beings and 1 of money laundering.

The issue was the recruitment and trafficking in of women with South-American origin who were afterwards explored by the group that forced them to prostitution-related performances in nightclubs in Santo Tirso and Famalicão. The head of the group, as well as the manager and a South-American recruiter were given prison sentences.

Three defendants were acquitted and the other 9 were given 5-14 months suspended prison sentences. Among these defendants there was a case of conviction of a banking institution officer on grounds of collaboration with money laundering activities resulting from the criminal practice.

The deconstruction of the criminal structure that operated in Famalicão and Santo Tirso between 2007 and 2009 was performed by SEF on an action carried out in January 8th 2009, which culminated with the arrest of the main defendants and the sealing of the two nightclubs.



]]> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:13:42 GMT Press Release – Inspection activities in Aveiro http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/EN/aspx/noticias/Noticias_Detalhe.aspx?id_linha=6555 24 April 2014

Yesterday, the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF – Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras) carried out an inspection activity to the 'Annual Aveiro Fair' (Feira Anual de Aveiro) known as “March Fair”. This action aimed at controlling the legal stay of foreign citizens in Portugal as well as the inspection to the professional activities of those citizens and respective legal authorization to perform such activities.

Yesterday, the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF – Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras) carried out an inspection activity to the 'Annual Aveiro Fair' (Feira Anual de Aveiro) known as “March Fair”. This action aimed at controlling the legal stay of foreign citizens in Portugal as well as the inspection to the professional activities of those citizens and respective legal authorization to perform such activities.

The inspection carried out inside the Fair’s facilities identified about a dozen foreign citizens and resulted in the detention of four illegal immigrants, i.e., foreign citizens that did not hold a valid residence permit or visa allowing them to stay in national territory.

Three of the illegal immigrants received a notification for leaving the country within 20 days under penalty of forced removal. The fourth illegal immigrant is a wanted person on the scope of a proceeding under investigation of crimes of facilitation of illegal immigration and falsification of documents; thus the compulsory procedures for police and judicial support were instigated. Albeit the citizen is not a legal resident, he still remains in national territory while waiting for the investigation’ completion.

The employer entities were punished with three fines amounting to 30.000EUR on grounds of hiring illegal labour. A foreign employer without legal residence in Portugal was also fined (arising to 1.200EUR) on grounds of performing a self-employed activity.

SEF’s action had the participation of the 'Police/Customs Cooperation Centre' (Centro de Cooperação Policial e Aduaneira) for purposes of exchanging of police information.



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