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  • 30 March 2020 | Changes at SEF public service

    ​From 30 March onwards, SEF implemented a new scheme for managing public service and the scheduling of appointments, comprising a resolution whereby the situation of foreign citizens with pending applications submitted by March the 18th – date of the declaration of the state of emergency, will be regarded as regular in Portugal.

    This scheme, underpinned by the ministerial order n. 3863-B/2020, of March 27, provides for the closing of all SEF's service bureaus, as of the same date, in order to reduce the risks to public health resulting from face-to-face  service, thus protecting both administration staff and applicants.

    Applicants who have registered an expression of interest for obtaining a Residence Permit under Articles 88, 89 and 90-A may prove their regular status by showing a document extracted from the relevant IT platforms.

    Applicants of Residence Permit and applicants for an extension of a Residence Permit – irrespectively of the regime - may prove their regular status by showing documentary evidence of a scheduled appointment, or by showing the receipt for an application already submitted to our services. 

    These supporting documents will be valid before all public services, namely to obtain the National Health Service user number and access NHS services, to access other health care services, social benefits, rental contracts, employment contracts, opening of bank accounts and hiring of essential public services.

    Please note that visas and documents related to the stay of foreign nationals in Portugal, which have expired after 24 February, remain valid until 30 June. These documents, as well as the Citizen's Card, the Driver's Licence, the Criminal Record, as well as Certificates, are valid before the public authorities for all legal purposes.

    SEF will continue ensuring face-to-face service for requests deemed urgent, only, that is, foreign citizens who need to travel and that prove the urgent and unavoidable need to leave the Portuguese territory, for unforeseeable / unexpected and unavoidable reasons and citizens whose documents have been stolen, robbed, or lost.

    In addition, all appointments planned up to 27 March will be rescheduled by SEF, beginning on 1 July, in compliance with the former chronological order, ensuring full transparency and equal treatment.

    With regards the issuing of Passports, SEF will accept urgent and duly substantiated requests, only.

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  • 16 March 2020 | Authorised Crossing Points in Land Border

    ​Until 15 April only the transport of goods will be allowed, cross-border workers and members of the diplomatic body and health in land border between Portugal and Spain.

    The authorised crossing points at the land border are as follows:

    a) Valença-Viana do Castelo, exit from Tuy-Valença-ligação IP1-A3 Bridge, in Valença, and railway station of Valença;

    b) Vila Verde da Raia- Chaves, exit from A52, connection to A24, km 0, near the roundabout;

    c) Quintanilha-Bragança, exit from IP4/E 82 International Bridge, exit node to Quintanilha or close to CCPA facilities at N218-1 Quintanilha;

    d) Vilar Formoso-Guarda close to the border line, Largo da Fronteira, close to CCPA, N 16/E80, connection 620 Fuentes de Õnoro, Spain, including the railway station of Vilar Formoso and the access through the TIR Parking Lot, truck lane, N16, Vilar Formoso;

    e) Termas de Monfortinho-Castelo Branco, junction of N 239 with N 240 in Termas de Monfortinho;

    f) Marvão-Portalegre, border line, Marvão, N 521 connection from Valência de Alcântara to IC 13 Marvão;

    g) Caia-Elvas, exit from A6 km 158, connection Caia-Elvas, close by the Tourist Office, Elvas;

    h) Vila Verde de Ficalho-Beja, close to the borderline, connection A 495 Rosal de la Frontera to IP 8, Serpa;

    i) Castro Marim-Praça da Fronteira, km 131 da A22, Guadiana-Castro Marim International Bridge, including the river dock of Vila Real de Santo António.


    The constraints of the mentioned traffic do not harm:

    a) The right of entry of national citizens and holders of residence permit into their own countries;

    b) The free movement of the diplomatic staff, of the Armed Forces and forces and security services;

    c) The free movement, in exceptional circumstances, for family reunification of spouses or equivalent until the 1st degree relatives in the direct ascending line;

    d) The access to health units, under bilateral agreements related to health care;

    e) The right of exit of citizens living in another country.


    For more information Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 10-B/2020

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  • 13 March 2020 | SEF carries out searches in football clubs of Leiria and Vila Real

    ​The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has carried out, yesterday, searches to the facilities of two football clubs, in Leiria and Vila Real, and to two residences in Porto. Three football managers in Leiria have been made defendants for evidences of the crimes of assisting unlawful immigration and forgery of administrative documents.

    At the origin of the operation, coordinated by the Public Prosecution, behaviour associated to the possible fraudulently legalisation of football players either by contracts of employment of convenience, or by the forgery and adulteration of documents.

    In some of the cases, evidences in which the foreign nationals entered in fact into the national territory, by deceiving the border authorities, submitting invitation letters for tests with the purpose to immediately develop the activity as a footballer, have been gathered.

    During SEF's operation, with the participation of 25 inspectors, several documentation related with the crimes at issue have been apprehended, as well as IT material.

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