Who are the UK nationals protected by the Withdrawal Agreement in Portugal?
- UK nationals who lived in Portugal before the end of the transition period and who will continue to live in the country after that period;
UK nationals frontier workers who exercised that right in one or more EU Member State(s) before the end of the transition period and continue to do so after that period.
I am a UK national officially resident in Portugal. What should I do?
All UK nationals who are officially residents in Portugal, and are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, are asked to exchange their current EU residence documents for new ones that explicitly state that they are under the Withdrawal Agreement.
You can register online in the Brexit portal: https://brexit.sef.pt/en/
More information on this at: “UK Nationals already Registered as Residents” under the section “Registering for Residence for those under the Withdrawal Agreement”.
I was living in Portugal before the end of the transition period but I have never registered as a resident, what should I do?
All UK nationals who were living in Portugal before the end of the transition period (the 31st of December 2020) are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) - even those who were unable to register. Residence rights under the Withdrawal Agreement should be guaranteed as long as you provide proof that you were living in Portugal before the aforementioned date.
More information on this at: “UK Nationals not Registered as Residents” under the section “Registering for Residence for those under the Withdrawal Agreement”
Is it true that it will not be possible to register my residency in Portugal under the WA after the end of June 2021?
The Withdrawal Agreement establishes two different schemes that have been defined by each Member State: constitutive and declaratory schemes. Both schemes have specific deadlines and administrative procedures.
Portugal opted for a declaratory scheme. This means that UK nationals living in Portugal before the end of the transition period cannot lose their rights under the Withdrawal Agreement even if they fail to register with national authorities or to apply for a new residence document.
Unlike countries with constitutive schemes (such as the UK), in Portugal there is no grace period for UK nationals covered under the WA to apply for residence status.
Nevertheless, it is possible that the procedure that is currently being used for the exchange of residency documents - Brexit SEF Portal – or the dedicated hotline and email to start the procedure of obtaining residency is altered after the 31st December 2021.
As such, we strongly advise UK nationals to start the exchanging of documents process and/or requesting new residence documents with Brexit SEF Portal, as soon as possible to avoid facing lengthier administrative procedures in the future.