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  Legal News - Private Clients  
  JUNE 2020  

CCA covid19 newsletter 06

  COVID-19 and Immigration
Simplified Procedures to Residence Permits

  Dear Visitante,

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to the adoption of various contingency measures by the Portuguese government, namely, the closure of the face-to-face service of the Immigration Office (SEF), from March 27th to May 4th.

This closure meant that many foreign citizens, holding residence permits, were prevented from renewing their residence permits at the Immigration Office delegations, a situation that is expected to be maintained until June 30th.

Thus, in order to safeguard the rights of foreign citizens, the Portuguese government has decided to extend the validity of all residence permits that have expired by February 24th to October 30th, 2020.

On the other hand, the Immigration Office will simplify procedures for residence permit applications, by internally consulting relevant databases in order to extract the necessary information for the instruction of the respective processes.

Also, pertaining to the renewal of residence permits, the Applicant will no longer need to apply in person before the Immigration Office delegation. Instead, a request should be made via the Immigration Office Online Portal, supplementing all the required documentation. After the Immigration Office has appraised and approved the request, and the payment of the relevant fees has been made, the residence permit will be mailed to the address provided.

In the coming weeks, the Immigration Office will adopt the necessary mechanisms to implement the new procedures that were approved and published on May 26, and that will remain in force for a period of 1 year.


Carla Matos
Partner of the Private Clients Department

Ana Paula Ferreira FC  
Ana Paula Ferreira
Managing Associate of the Private Clients Department
Ana Margarida Agostinho FC  
Ana Margarida Agostinho
Associate of the Private Clients Department
Joana Assuncao FC  
Joana Assunção
Associate of the Private Clients Department
Mariana Saude FC  
Mariana Saúde
Associate of the Private Clients Department