The Portuguese Foreign Affairs minister, Augusto Santos Silva, said that the approximately 40,000 British citizens residing in Portugal who want to remain in the country after “Brexit” have guaranteed a simple administrative process to recognize their status as a permanent resident. Santos Silva assured that the contingency plan designed by the Government provides the necessary resources to handle the requests that come to be presented - and that should not burden the services of the State, because more than 23 thousand Britons already have their complete registration together of the Aliens and Borders Service.
As for the thousands of British tourists who land at Faro and Funchal airports each month, Santos Silva said that even in the event of a Brexit without an agreement, they will not be subject to the same procedures as third-country nationals entering Portugal. “They will have a dedicated channel waiting for them”, he said.
The 300,000 Portuguese in Britain
Only 46,000 of the approximately 300,000 Portuguese currently living and working in the United Kingdom have already completed the administrative formalities required by the British authorities to have their legal status recognized as a resident. But according to Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva, Portuguese emigrants in the United Kingdom do not need to panic, since the deadline for legalization ends only in December 2020.
In the eventuality of a no-deal scenario, “They (the Portuguese in the UK) must secure their rights by 29 March and those that have done so before that date will have their rights respected,” he said. That means a further 18 months to complete all the steps that citizens already registered as resident in the United Kingdom up to 29 March have completed (i.e obtained a residency card or have a document of pre-registration).
In addition to the right of residency, their professional qualifications, social rights, circulation, healthcare among others will also be respected. “The recognition of the qualifications of Portuguese citizens obtained prior to 29 March 2019 are valid and will be respected after that date and those who have not yet validated those qualifications should consult the British authorities,” he said.
PortugalHomes.com specialises in selling Holiday Homes and Investment Properties. We help buyers find the right property overseas whether it be for Golden Visa, NHR, Investment or simply a place in the sun, our properties are selected with great thought in mind to give our clients the best opportunities, we offer the complete service from Introducing them to Legal Representatives, Currency Exchange, Mortgage Advisors, Property Management, Rental and Furniture Packages along with making sure all our staff are trained to fully understand the buying process and taxes for every scenario, we provide the complete service to anyone looking to buy a new or resale property overseas for holiday use or as a short or long-term investment.
To find out more, please contact us:
Portugal Homes has very experienced and knowledgeable professionals working with some of the most established and reputable developers Portugal has to offer. Our vast experience allows us to guide you through the best investment choices.
Whether you want a holiday home or an investment property, we select the best units for your profile and take care of all the process from start to finish. Even after the sale! Our After Sales services assume the responsibility of furnishing your property at your taste, taking care of the property in your absence, managing the rentals if you wish to rent your property when you’re not in Portugal and so much more!
To learn more about the Portuguese Non-Habitual Resident Program and our After Sales services, please fill the form below.
It's fantastic how Ryan had complete knowledge regarding Lisbon and dealt with us in a great manner.Akbar Ali - Investor from Pakistan
Ryan is very professional, but also friendly and knowledgeable about the Golden Visa market. He was also flexible as travelled from the Algarve to meet me in Lisbon to stand in for 1 colleague at short notice.Investor from UK
Portugal Homes did a great job keeping me up to date with progress on my new home construction purchase by providing regular and comprehensive reports. This helped to ease anxieties about doing a home purchase in the midst of a global pandemic.Investor from the USA
Although through Zoom, we established great confidence in George's integrity. [It was] important for us to have confidence in the staff's ability to feel aligned in views.Donald Collie from Australia
The process was very quick and clear. I got all the information I needed in the first hour. The experience was perfect.Tomoko Inoue from Japan
Overwhelming. Luisa has exceeded our expectations on all levels. Trust was established immediately. Enhanced by super friendly professionalism. The networks to banks, accountants, lawyers was seamless. there is not enough space here to write all the positives, enough to say we are making an offer and we only arrived 4 days ago. Its impossible to improve from perfection!John Mulroe and Wiebke Bock