Brits: Validity of new residence cards under the Withdrawal Agreement
If you have lived in Portugal for less than 5 years, and you have an EU certificate from the town hall (CREU), the expiry date on your new Withdrawal Agreement residence card may not be the date on which you will have been resident in Portugal for 5 years in total, therefore on which you are eligible for permanent resident status.
img decoding=”async” src=”http://algarvedailynews.com/images/news2/20372.jpg” alt=”BRITS: VALIDITY OF NEW RESIDENCE CARDS UNDER THE WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT” width=”160″ style=”margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: left;” />If you have lived in Portugal for less than 5 years, and you have an EU certificate from the town hall (CREU), the expiry date on your new Withdrawal Agreement residence card may not be the date on which you will have been resident in Portugal for 5 years in total, therefore on which you are eligible for permanent resident status.
For example, if you first registered as a resident in November 2019, you will be eligible to apply for your permanent residency card in November 2024, but your current Withdrawal Agreement residence card might have a later expiry date. This is because all new temporary Withdrawal Agreement residency cards are issued for 5 years, regardless of the number of years you have already resided in Portugal. This does not affect your rights in Portugal, including applying for a permanent residency card when you complete 5 years of continuous residency.
strong>If you are in this situation, SEF advises that you can:
- Keep your current Withdrawal Agreement residence card and contact SEF once you have been resident for 5 years in total and are eligible to apply for a permanent card, even though your current card has not expired; or
- Keep your current Withdrawal Agreement residence card and apply for a permanent one once it expires.
Please make sure you keep your original residence certificate (CREU) to show SEF when you apply for the permanent card.
strong>If you need further information, or if you want to ask for a replacement card issued for the remainder of your first 5 years of residency, please contact SEF’s Regional Directorate that issued your new residence card. For other questions regarding the residency process, please email [email protected].
Please note, the information above only applies to those who do not already have a permanent residence card. People who already have permanent residence should automatically be issued with a new Withdrawal Agreement permanent residence card valid for 10 years.
span class=”d2edcug0 hpfvmrgz qv66sw1b c1et5uql lr9zc1uh a8c37x1j fe6kdd0r mau55g9w c8b282yb keod5gw0 nxhoafnm aigsh9s9 d3f4x2em iv3no6db jq4qci2q a3bd9o3v b1v8xokw oo9gr5id” dir=”auto” lang=”en”>If you already have residency and have already registered at the Brexit portal and have your certificate with the QR code, this document does not expire and is a valid proof of residence until your new card is issued. SEF say “We understand that this is creating frustration and anxiety, however, due to external and internal issues with SEF, the process continues to be delayed. Thank you for your patience.”