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  • 20 June 2021 | Estremoz: SEF detains 10 illegally staying foreign nationals

    The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has carried out, this Friday, an inspection action, at Estremoz area, in a blueberry farm and in which 234 citizens have been identified, mostly foreign nationals, of which 10 were illegally staying in the national territory.

    The inspection had the cooperation of the Authority for Working Conditions (ACT), and had the purpose to ascertain the documentary situation of the foreign nationals and their labour relations, as well as their conditions in the country.

    During the operation, SEF has determined the existence of three companies responsible for the farm inspected, which have outsourced other 13 companies with several levels of contracting and subcontracting, to ensure the labour needs.

    This operation had the participation of 10 SEF inspectors and six from ACT.

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  • 18 June 2021 | SEF detains four foreign nationals for falsification of documents

    ​​The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has detained, today, at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, Porto, two 25-yeal-old citizens who have submitted false Romanian identity cards. The detention has been held during the documentary control on a flight to Stansted, the United Kingdom. In addition, and during the personal search, it has been possible to detect copies of the documentation at the hand luggage.

    The citizens have been brought before the Judicial Court of the Judicial District of Maia for the first interrogation and application of the cautionary measure, and their freedom have been restored after the application of a financial penalty.

    At Faro Airport as well, two foreign nationals have been detained, today, by SEF at the boarding control area to the United Kingdom, identifying themselves with false documentation.

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  • 9 June 2021 | A couple has been made defendant for suspicion of assisting unlawful immigration

    ​Following an ongoing investigation, under the coordination of the Public Prosecution of Moita, the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has carried out, today, home searches at Vale da Amoreira, for suspicion of the crime of assisting unlawful immigration. During the searches, document evidence has been gathered regarding the alleged illegal stay of foreign nationals in Portugal, in exchange of huge money amounts.

    The foreign national, a 55 year-old woman, and her husband, a 54 year-old Portuguese national, have been made defendants.

    Since 2018, the suspect might have persuaded, within social media, dozens of fellow countrymen to come to Portugal, to work and live, ensuring them help for the immediate legalisation of SEF. In addition, she might have told the immigrants to enter Portugal as tourists, and, with the help of her husband, forwarding them from Lisboa Airport to their home, charging them huge amounts of money for the transport, accommodation and expenses allegedly needed to obtain contracts of employment, opening of bank accounts, registration with the Tax Authority and Social Security, and other documents needed for the legalisation within SEF.

    The search made to the home of the suspects allowed to seize computer equipment, mobile phones and numerous documentation as proof of the crimes.

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