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Order n.º 10944/2020 - Expansion of the scope of Order n.º 3863-B/2020 as of October 15 2020

​Order n.º 10944/2020 of 8 of November provides that every foreign national with applications pending before SEF, pursuant to Act 23/2007, as amended or pursuant to Act 27/2008, as amended, submitted between March 18 and October 15 2020, is deemed temporarily regular in national territory.

Foreign nationals in that situation have guaranteed access to every public service, specifically with regards obtaining the National Health Service user's number and access to the NHS, as well as access to social benefits, rental contracts, employment contracts, opening of bank accounts and hiring of essential public services.

The procedure remains suspended, during its appreciation and processing period, ensuring an equal treatment for foreign nationals.

The documents certifying the situation of the citizens are as follows:

a) A document of expression of interest or request issued by the registration platforms used by SEF in cases of submissions made under articles 88, 89 and 90 -A of Law n.º 23/2007, of 4 July, as amended,

b) The supporting document of the scheduling within SEF or the supporting receipt of the application submitted in every other situation of pending processes within SEF, in particular granting or renewals of residence permit, either in the general regime or exceptional regime.


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