Bertha Nunes, Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities in London, confirmed today that Portuguese residents in the United Kingdom can go to Portugal and apply for ‘Brexit’ post-residency status with an expired citizen card.
“Yes, the citizen’s card is valid until the end of the year. The information is that there is no problem traveling with this card, it is not expired, because the Portuguese government has decided to extend the validity, ”Berta Nunes told Lusa during a visit to the Portuguese community.
The Foreign Secretary said, “British officials have been notified and no problem has been reported so far.”
The Portuguese government has extended the issuance of a citizen’s card until December 31 due to limitations on service provided by the public services caused by the epidemic of Govt-19.
This decision does not apply to the passport and its validity period has not been extended.
Since the British government reopened on Monday for international reasons for essential reasons and added Portugal to the ‘green list’ that excludes the isolated consensus to return to the UK, many Portuguese have been looking for information on the possibility of traveling with expired documents.
The Foreign Secretary also reiterated last week that the British government had facilitated the application process for EU citizens’ registration. [EU Settlement Scheme], Begins to accept expired ID cards in digital processing.
Although it is necessary to ask for a paper form to apply with the expired citizen’s card, it is now possible to do so on the Internet and then mail the document to obtain the certificate.
In both cases, applications for travel and residency status were recommended by the Secretary of State to use the notice available on the website of the Consulate General in London.
The move is aimed at relieving pressure from European consulates affected by the Covit-19 epidemic controls and allowing the maximum number of applications by the June 30 deadline.
The Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities is currently completing the second trip of a three-day visit to the United Kingdom, which will focus primarily on assessing the situation of immigrants in terms of residency status and contacting the community. -19 Infection.
The official visited several business and cultural institutions in ‘Little Portugal’ in the Stockwell district of south London today and met members of the Portuguese community.
He also gave an interview to RTV Lusa Radio in which he encouraged immigrants in the United Kingdom to use the “green corridor” and visit Portugal because “they are always welcome”.
It left a “message of hope” regarding Brexit, as concerns and uncertainties about the impact of the process on society were overcome, as “there was a deal.”
“You only need a visa for people coming to work from Portugal. If you come to work, you have to bring a residence visa and contract, ”Berta Nunes recalled of the new immigration rules in the United Kingdom.