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  Legal News - Private Clients  
  FLASHNEWS #8  
  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.

 



     
  TEAM  
     
 
cm  
Carla Matos
Partner of the Private Clients Department
cm@cca.law
 
 
 

     
 
Ana Paula Ferreira FC  
Ana Paula Ferreira
Managing Associate of the Private Clients Department
apf@cca.law
 
 
 
     
 
Ana Margarida Agostinho FC  
Ana Margarida Agostinho
Associate of the Private Clients Department
ama@cca.law
 
 
 
     
 
Joana Assuncao FC  
Joana Assunção
Associate of the Private Clients Department
ja@cca.law
 
 
 
     
 
Mariana Saude FC  
Mariana Saúde
Associate of the Private Clients Department
mmbs@cca.law