SEF (Immigration and Borders Service) is a security service and a criminal police body integrated with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Among other duties, SEF is responsible for:

  • for controlling the movement of people at border posts;
  • control and inspection of the entry and stay of foreign people and their activities in national territory;
  • issuance of visas, extensions of stay, residence permits for foreigners;
  • issuing travel documents for nationals;
  • study of migratory movements;
  • implementation of Portugal’s immigration and asylum policies.

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