UK NATIONALS NOT REGISTERED

AS RESIDENTS 

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.

Please keep documents for future reference and proof that you are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement.

Currently, the registration process is not carried out by the Town Halls.

UK nationals covered by the Withdrawal Agreement who did not registered before the end of the transition period should send an email requesting the issuance of the new residence document to brexit@sef.pt, attaching their identification documents, phone number and proof of their stay in Portugal before the end of the transition period (31st of December 2020). 

More information on the new regularisation procedure for UK nationals who are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement but have not yet registered will be made available on IOM’s website as soon as it is made available by the relevant authorities.

If you would like to receive information about this procedure, please contact the UKNSF Portugal team via e-mail or helpline.

uknationalspt@iom.int

(+351) 913 886 456

Declaratory Systems within the Withdrawal Agreement

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 helpline and email to start the procedure of obtaining residency is altered after the 31st of 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.