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Registering your non-EU family members in another EU country – Portugal

Affected by Brexit?

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.

After spending 3 months in Portugal, non-EU family members of EU nationals have 30 days in which to apply for the residence card (Cartão de Residência) certifying their right to live in Portugal.

For this purpose, 'family members' are 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 person who has the right to live in Portugal.

Applicants must address themselves to the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras, SEF), after contacting the Contact Centre (808 202 653 (fixed line) or 808 962 690 (mobile) between 8.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.) The following documents are required:

Relatives in the ascending line of an EU citizen

Relatives in the ascending line of the spouse of an EU citizen

The certificate is generally issued up to 3 months after the application has been submitted. It remains valid for 5 years. The current cost is EUR 7.50 for children under the age of 6 and EUR 15 for everyone else.

For further information, and the necessary forms, see the website of the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service.

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