The Minister of State for Portuguese Communities confirmed that recently at least two Portuguese citizens have been prevented from entering the UK due to the lack of a work visa, and one of them has been temporarily detained.
“The Portuguese consular centers in the United Kingdom have been informed of the case of a citizen who was temporarily detained and the border control services prevented him from staying on British territory, after he tried to enter the country to work without obtaining a visa for this purpose,” the official source told Lusa.
He added that another Portuguese had not been arrested, but was denied entry to the country for the same reasons.
The two citizens accompanied the consular facilities, and both cases were the subject of dialogue with the British authorities. He also indicated that these citizens had been informed that they would have to return to Portugal, as it had happened.
a Location Politico newspaper reported two weeks ago that dozens of European citizens of different nationalities were held at airports or placed in temporary detention centers for several days until they were deported.
British newspaper Watchman Last week I reported that some affected Europeans had conducted job interviews, which UK government rules allow.
After Brexit, since January 1, European Union (EU) citizens are no longer able to travel to the United Kingdom for work without obtaining a work, student or residence visa.
EU citizens can enter the UK without a visa and stay for up to 90 days if it is for tourism.
However, border control agents can refuse entry if they have reasonable cause to suspect that they intend to remain in the country without the necessary documents, as has already been the case with migrants from other countries.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior has updated instructions for the security forces so that foreign citizens in this case can be released on bail if they have a place to stay.
One doorman said: “Now that freedom of movement is over, people across the European Union can continue to visit the UK, but those who come to work or study must meet our entry requirements and we ask them to check before they travel.” Luca.
Although border controls still had the ability to detain people in an irregular situation, the Ministry of Interior decided that “whenever possible, deportation will take place immediately and the individual will remain at the airport until the flight.”