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  • 15 October 2020 | SEF detains foreign national to whom an arrest warrant for serving a sentence of imprisonment has been issued

    ​The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has detained, yesterday, a 30-year-old foreign national to whom an arrest warrant for serving a sentence of three-year effective imprisonment has been issued, following a conviction for theft committed in 2010.

    The citizen has been intercepted during an application for renewal of the residence permit at SEF bureau in Loja do Cidadão of Cacém.

    In the execution of the arrest warrant, issued by the Judicial Court of the Judicial District of Lisboa Oeste, the citizen has been brought and handed over to SEF at the Prison Establishment of Lisboa.


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  • 15 October 2020 | SEF develops inspections in the centre of the country

    ​The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has developed, yesterday, two inspections in the centre of the country.

    In the city of Viseu, a sports club has been inspected and a foreign national has been made defendant for suspicion of forgery of administrative documents. The individual is indicted for illegally obtaining, within the country of origin, a passport with false name and date of birth, in order to entry in Portugal, in a competitive step with an age limit under his real age.

    In addition, a foreign national has been detected to be illegally staying, which has been notified to voluntarily leave the national territory, within twenty days, in case the corresponding documentary situation is not due legalised.

    In Penacova, in Coimbra district, another inspection has been held, with the cooperation of the Republican National Guard (GNR), in which a foreign national has been identified of being legally staying, which had already been notified to voluntarily leave the country. He has been brought before the Court, and the accommodation within the Temporary Accommodation Centre has been determined, until the conclusion of the procedures for removal from the national territory.

    Another foreign individual has been detected, and has been notified to voluntarily leave the national territory within twenty days, subject to, in case of non-compliance, being subject to a removal procedure.

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  • 6 October 2020 | SEF intercepts mail with false documentation

    ​The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has apprehended, last week, mail from the United Kingdom containing false identity documents and other evidence material, whose recipients were two foreign nationals of Albanian nationality, waiting for the documents in Portugal for further travel to the United Kingdom through the national airports.

    The events related with the interception and detention of Albanian citizens holders of false documentation at the national Border Posts reveal a modus operandi typically used by transnational criminal networks dedicated to the crimes of assisting unlawful immigration and falsification of documents and which is deemed to use Portugal as a transit platform to place these individuals in other European countries.

    Aware of this criminal phenomenon, SEF has identified the passenger profile in function of the destination and the documentation presented, keeping a special attention to flight connections to reference countries. Similarly, it has been cooperating with several European countries, with EUROPOL and other countries such as the USA, Albania and Kosovo, whose exchange of information has been allowing to identify the allegedly facilitators and the detention of elements from criminal structures in Portugal, and in other member states of the European Union.

    The 21 and 23-year-old citizens have been made defendants and subject to the statement of identity and residence.


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