The Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) is a security service within the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) that, in the context of internal security policy, is responsible for carrying out checks on persons at the borders, monitoring aliens inside national territory, preventing and fighting organized crime involving illegal immigration and trafficking in human beings, decide upon asylum applications, issuing passports and identification documents to foreign nationals, in order to safeguard internal security and individual rights and freedoms within the global context of the migratory phenomenon.
SEF is responsible for promoting, coordinating and implementing the measures and actions related to these activities and to migratory movements. Internationally, it is responsible to ensure, as required by the Government, the representation of the Portuguese State in the working groups of the European Union, as well as at international organizations or events related to its expertise area. To visit the SEF website click on the logo on this page.
All the laws concerning, Entry visa, declaration of entry, working permits,, notification of accommodation for visitors, residency permits, removal from the national territory, travel document requirement and other matters is contained in Act 23/2007 of July 4, amended by Act 29/2012 of August 9 in English
Resource Centre Downloads
How to make an appoint to visit a SEF Bureau
Information website for Immigrants
Information for E.U/E.EA/Swiss nationals
SEF – Responsibilities, Mission and Values – Download
Portugal legal foreign resident population by municipality – Download
Details in English of the Golden Residence Permit Program – Download
Smart Borders European Project in English – Download
Frontex – Annual Risk Analysis 2015 – Download