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​SEF launches a new online service – Automatic Renewal of the Residence Permit

The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has made available, this week, a new functionality in SEF Portal for the online renewal of the residence permit for foreign nationals, third-country nationals, living in Portugal. 

In an easy way, in “Personal Area" of the SEF Portal, the citizen may now have access to the “Automatic Renewal" of his/her residence permit.

Therefore, the citizen may not even have to visit a bureau. For such, all you need is to confirm the renewal application at SEF Portal. Afterwards, the Service will make every security consultation to confirm the good repute of the applicant, as well as consultation to the databases needed to ascertain the compliance, by the applicant, of its tax obligations and to social security. After taxes payed, the citizen will receive a Residence Permit in his/her address.

Around 90000 foreign nationals are covered by this new function, whose residence permit holds the necessary conditions to be renewed digitally. 

SEF is, therefore, complying with as provided in Order n.º 5793-A/2020, whose purpose is to mitigate the consequences resulting from the health emergency situation, by adopting exceptional and temporary measures allowing a recovery of pending processes and a gain in efficiency in document management of foreign nationals, a SEF competence. 

It is reaffirmed that, as provided by Decree-Law n.º 22/2020, of 16 May, visas and documents related to the stay of foreign nationals in the national territory which have expired as from 24 February are accepted, within the same terms, until 30 October this year.


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