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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-22/434 – Updated – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 26 May 2020 – 26 May 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
|Author||Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS)|
|Measure added||09 April 2020 (updated 14 July 2020)|
Aiming at responding to the specific nature of the threat of infection by COVID-19, the management of the customer service and scheduling of appointments must be done in order to ensure unequivocally the rights of all foreign citizens with pending processes in the Foreigners and Borders Service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras - SEF).
The Order 3863-B/2020 of 27 March 2020 provides for that, on the date when the state of national emergency was declared, these foreign citizens are in situation of regular permanence on the national territory.
The Order 3863-B/2020 of 27 March 2020 provides for that from 18 March 2020, the date when the state of national emergency was declared, the foreign citizens with pending processes at the SEF are in situation of regular permanence in national territory.
These pending processes cover requests for entry and permanence in national territory; and requests for asylum, refugee or subsidiary protection.
The documents proving the request made or the scheduling at the SEF are to be considered valid by all public services, notably to obtain an user number, access to the National Health Service or other rights to health care, access to social benefits, conclusion of renting contracts, conclusion of employment contracts, opening of bank accounts and use of essential public services.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Migrants or refugees
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No involvement of social partners.
Eurofound (2020), Regularisation of immigrants' presence on national territory, measure PT-2020-22/434 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2020-22_434.html
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