About 18 Britons have already requested exchange of residence permit under the Exit Agreement

In Portugal, 34.358 citizens of the United Kingdom reside

In just three weeks, around 18 British nationals living in Portugal applied online to exchange their current residence document for a new title that attests to their resident status under the Exit Agreement, through the new Brexit Portal, launched on last December 14th by the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), in collaboration with the UK Embassy in Lisbon.

The new card will begin to be issued shortly and confirms your resident status under the Exit Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom, guaranteeing the protection of your rights after the transition period ended on 31 December.

Until the card is issued, and after submitting the registration form on the new Portal, UK nationals can download proof of that application in digital format – a supporting document with a QR Code – which can be used whenever they travel, as proof of your residence in Portugal.

Starting this month, the SEF will start notifying British nationals to schedule a visit to a service point, in one of the 20 selected Municipal Councils throughout the country, to collect biometric data to be included in the new residence permit.

Current EU residence documents will continue to be accepted until the new residence permit is issued.

According to data from the 2019 Border Immigration and Asylum Report, 34.358 UK nationals resided in Portugal. Many of these citizens reside in the Algarve region.