Support for UK nationals seeking residency in EU, including Portugal

With the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, British citizens living in EU countries are required to update their Residency Documents, in line with the Withdrawal Agreement, to ensure the regularisation of their situation.

In this context, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has been providing support to UK Nationals who may find it harder to complete their residency applications to secure and maintain their residency rights in several EU countries, including Portugal.

This project was funded through the UK Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF) by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and in Portugal will end on December 31. The project was carried out in close collaboration with the High Commission for Migration (ACM) and the British Embassy in Lisbon.

IOM Portugal will be receiving queries from UK nationals covered by the project until November 26 to allow for the cases to be addressed by the end of the project, on December 31, 2021. The project website (www.uknationalspt.com), containing useful information regarding the residency requirements for UK nationals in Portugal, will be accessible online until January 2022. Since April 2020, IOM team supported 853 UK nationals in Portugal.

With the UK Nationals Support Fund closure, UK nationals who are struggling and need support are advised to contact the Immigration and Border Service (21 711 50 45; brexit@sef.pt) or the High Commission for Migration (808 257 257 or 21 810 61 91). The Living in Portugal Guide also contains useful information:

www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-portugal.