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  • 2 December 2020 | SEF hands over state-of-the-art technological equipment to the Migration and Borders Service of São Tomé and Príncipe

    Under project RIMM (Reinforcement of Integrated Migration Management), financed by the European Commission and the Portuguese State budget, the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) will hand over state-of-the-art technological equipment to the Migration and Borders Service of São Tomé and Príncipe (SMF) to equip this service with an Expert Central Unit (UCP), essential to the carry out of documentary expertise supporting the first line of border control in that country.

    One of the main purposes of project RIMM is to contribute to the regulation of migration flows between the European Union and beneficiary third countries. Under the leadership of Portugal, through SEF, São Tomé remains a partner and Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde the beneficiaries.

    Under this project as well, SEF has already lectured in full, last November, the second specialised training module to two employees of SMF which will integrate the Risk Assessment Unit being developed in the three beneficiary countries (São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde). This training, with the first module held in Cape Verde, in October 2019, had the purpose to enabling them with the proper tools, under a Borders Integrated Management, to proceed to the creation of a cooperation network and share of information and of analytical products among the involved countries, among which Portugal. The training has been held by SEF Inspectors of Investigation and Inspection working at the Borders Risk Assessment Unit (UAR), a SEF department responsible by the collection of information, treatment of data and production of supervisory reports.

    In addition to the hand over of the technological equipment, and during this week, SEF has lectured, at SMF facilities in São Tomé, a new training course on Trafficking in Human Beings and Child at Risk under the border context and which closing session will be held on 4 December, at 12h30, chaired by the Minister of Defence and Legal Order, Óscar Sousa, and in which official entities from SEF, SMF, diplomatic will attend for the hand over of the corresponding diplomas.

    This training fits within the purposes of the project for the combat against Trafficking in Human Beings, with a special emphasis on children. Within this purpose, the project develops capacity-building actions of entities with legal attributions in the combat against Trafficking in Human Beings, in particular the border control authorities, as well as information actions and prevention within potential victims.

    Furthermore, and under Project RIMM, a printer for retransfer has already been handed over to the Directorate General for Registries and Notary Affairs of São Tomé, an equipment needed for the transition of the Citizen's Card in paper to a card in polycarbonate representing, single-handedly, a huge step of quality in the process of issue and safety of identity documents of the Santomean citizens. Moreover, the handed over of computer equipment to the Migration and Borders Service of São Tomé has already been done, allowing the implementation of a procedure of issue of a new model of the residence permit to foreigners in PVC, with security elements on the document much higher than as already used.

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  • 25 November 2020 | Automatic renewal of the residence permits extended to students of Higher Education

    ​The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has made available, this week, a new function at Portal SEF (www.sef.pt) for online renewal of the residence permit to foreign students, third-country nationals, in Higher Education in Portugal.

    This new function covers about 22 000 foreign students in Higher Education, whose residence permit meets the necessary conditions to be renewed digitally.

    In a simple way, at the “Personal Area" in Portal SEF, students from Universities and Polytechnic Universities may now accede to the function of “Automatic Renewal" of their Residence Permit.

    This way, the citizen will no longer need to visit an attendance bureau. For such, it is only necessary to confirm the renewal application at Portal SEF. Then, the Service will endeavour every safety consultation to confirm the good repute of the applicant, as well as consultations to data bases necessary to ascertain the compliance of the necessary requirements. Once the fees have been payed, the citizen will receive the Residence Permit at the address provided.

    Therefore, SEF will comply with as defined in Order n.º 10944/2020, of 8 November, establishing the adoption of the internal procedures necessary for the extension of the automatic renewal of the residence permits provided in article 91 of the Aliens Law in force.

    It is worth remembering that, last July, SEF has introduced a new function for automatic renewal of the residence permit for citizens holding a professional activity, and, until now, 66 000 Residence Permits have already been renewed with the use of this new tool.

    It should be underlined that, according to as defined in Decree-Law n.º 87-A/2020, of 15 October, visas and documents related with the stay of foreign nationals in the national territory which have expired as from 24 February 2020 are accepted until 31 March 2021 under the same conditions.

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  • 16 November 2020 | SEF flags three victims of trafficking in human beings in Covilhã

    ​As a result of an investigation under the coordination of the Public Prosecution, carried out in the area of Covilhã, the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has flagged three victims of trafficking in human beings.

    During this investigation, SEF has carried out an operation, last week, which led to as defendant one national, as well as the company of which he is the owner, for the allegedly exploitation of foreign workers illegally staying in the national territory, in particular Hindustani, and for the allegedly non-payment of their work and, in some cases, as confirmed during the action, demanding them money amounts as a pre-requirement for the contract of employment.

    Searches to vehicles and to the home of the defendant have been made in the area of Almada, and to a home in the surroundings of Covilhã as well, where workers with no minimum living conditions were accommodated, and where six foreign nationals have been identified. Several documentations related to the allegedly illegal activity have been apprehended in the home of the defendant, as well as computer and communications material.

    The defendant became subject to the cautionary measure of the Statement of Identity and Residence.

    SEF investigation started in October and had the cooperation of a non-governmental organisation dedicated to supporting the victims of trafficking in human beings.

    The operation had the involvement of two dozen of SEF operational.

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