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Registering EU family members in another EU country – Portugal

Affected by Brexit?

Questions and Answers – the rights of EU and UK citizens, as outlined in the Withdrawal Agreement

On 1 January 2021, the rules for EU citizens living in or moving to the UK will change. The same applies to UK nationals living in or moving to an EU country.

I have permanent residence in the UK/EU or will acquire it during the transition period

In principle, you and your family members will continue to have permanent residence in your host country. This includes non‑EU family members. In the UK, you must however apply to the EU settlement scheme to be granted a new residence status. In the EU, check with your host country’s authorities as soon as possible if it is mandatory to apply for a new residence status.

I reside in the UK/EU but am not yet entitled to permanent residence

In principle, you and your family members will continue to keep your current residence in your host country. This includes non‑EU family members. In the UK, you must however apply to the EU settlement scheme to be granted a new residence status. In the EU, check with your host country’s authorities as soon as possible if it is mandatory to apply for a new residence status.

I want to move to the UK/EU

You and your family members may move to the UK or to an EU country under the current EU rules until 31 December 2020. This includes non‑EU family members. In the UK, you must then apply to the EU settlement scheme. In the EU, check with your host country’s authorities whether you have to register and if it is mandatory to apply for a new residence status.

I want to go to the UK/EU for a short stay

Current rules on reporting presence, registering your residence abroad, registering your EU family, registering your non-EU family continue to apply until at least 31 December 2020.

I need help

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

Detailed information on the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and citizen’s rights

Family members of EU citizens who are themselves EU nationals and who are staying in Portugal for longer than 3 months must apply for a registration certificate (Certificado de Registo) to formally establish their right of residence.

After spending 3 months in Portugal, citizens have 30 days in which to register and be issued with a registration certificate.

The following are considered to be family members for this purpose: spouses, relatives in the descending line up to the age of 21, relatives in the descending line aged over 21 who can prove that they are dependants, and relatives in the ascending line who are dependent on the rightholder.

Applications should be made to the applicant's local town hall (Câmara Municipal).The following documents are required:

Generally, the registration certificate (Certificado de Registo) is issued immediately and remains valid for 5 years. It must not cost more than the identity document issued to Portuguese citizens - currently EUR 7.50 for children under the age of 6 and EUR 15 for everyone else.

For further information and the forms you need, see the website of the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras, SEF).

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