Foreigners and Borders Services (SEF) will increase the number of available appointments for the granting of residency, renewals and family reunion. SEF informed that until the end of the current year it will be made available around 11 thousand appointments more to address the increase of requests.
Further to the above, and so that the time of waiting for approvals may also be reduced, SEF will also employ 116 technical assistants for the front office which will allow SEF to double their capacity of reply, according to the press release.
Until the end of the year there are already scheduled more than 135 thousand appointments and SEF has already opened the calendar for the first quarter of 2020. Only in the first semester of this year there were already 155 thousand appointments, an increase of 24% in comparison to the previous year.
In fact, the number of granted residency cards in the first semester of 2019 increased 68% when compared to the same period last year, referring to a total of 76,940 new residency cards.
In 2018, we had already reached a record in grating new residency cards, with more than 93 thousand cards grated, but in the first semester of this year alone there are already almost 77 thousand cards. The residency cards’ renewals have also increased when compared to the same period last year, an increase of 16%, resulting on 53,900 cards renewed.
The above shows the commitment of the authorities in providing a reply to all requests and the effort in reducing the waiting period.
Lisbon, 20th September 2019
By Catarina Ruivo Rosa, Associate at EDGE International Lawyers
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