Exchanging Your Residency Certificate
This applies to UK nationals only. If you became a Portuguese resident before the end of the Brexit transition period you will need to change exchange your residency certificate for a new one that will confirm your status under the Withdrawal Agreement. It is important to apply for this as soon as possible.
You will need the following documents:
- a valid passport
- an authorised Portuguese residency certificate
Once you have logged in, follow the instructions to apply for a new residency permit. Once you have done this you can download the Residence Permit Application Certificate. The new cards will take some time to arrive so use this document while travelling to prove that you have Portuguese residency.
SEF will also contact you by email to arrange an appointment to obtain the biometric data needed for your card.
You can log back in and re-download the certificate if needed.
Full information, including guidance and frequently asked questions is available in the Brexit section of the SEF website including a video showing you what to do.
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