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Brexit: how UK nationals and their family members resident in an EU country can stay there after 31 December 2020 – Portugal

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I lived legally in Portugal for at least 5 years before 31 December 2020

In Portugal, it is not necessary to apply for a new residence status. However, you should make sure that you comply with EU rules before the end of the transition period as regards:

Even if you have a permanent residence document under EU rules, you and your family members have the right to request the new biometric residence card showing that you enjoy the rights defined in the Withdrawal Agreement. We strongly recommend that you do so. The card shows your right to enter Portugal and exempts you and your family members from ETIAS and visa requirements when entering Portugal.

Until you get the new biometric residence card, you can continue to use your current residence card, if you have one.

For more information about where and how to apply for the new residence card for yourself and or family member(s) (including non-EU family members), check with the Portuguese national authorities.

I lived legally in Portugal for less than 5 years before 31 December 2020

In Portugal, it is not necessary to apply for a new residence status. However, you should make sure that you comply with EU rules before the end of the transition period as regards:

Even if you have a permanent residence document under ​EU rules, you and your family members have the right to request the new biometric residence card showing that you enjoy the rights defined in the Withdrawal Agreement. We strongly recommend that you do so. The card shows your right to enter Portugal and exempts you and your family members from ETIAS and visa requirements when entering Portugal.

Until you get the new biometric residence card, you can continue to use your current residence card, if you have one.

For more information about where and how to apply for the new residence card for yourself and or family member(s) (including non-EU family members), check with the Portuguese national authorities.

I need help

If you think that your rights under EU law are not being respected our you need advice, contact our assistance services.

If you want to complain, you can report it to the European Commission

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