MIL OSI-C. Mediterranean Region: Portugal
The Secretary of State of the Portuguese Communities, José Luís Carneiro, said that Portuguese residents in the United Kingdom “can be at ease” even if they leave the United Kingdom from the European Union (Brexit) without agreement.
‘They must be calm because the Portuguese State has prepared to deal with the contingency resulting from the UK’s decision’ to leave the European Union, and because the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ‘has contacted the Portuguese Prime Minister to give him a statement. message of tranquility about the future of the Portuguese in the country », he said.
In the event of an unscheduled departure from the United Kingdom from the European Union, applications for the Settlement Scheme, document providing access to health care, work permits, access to school and university, may be submitted by 31 December 2020, while In case of departure with agreement can be made until June 30, 2021.
The Secretary of State noted that ‘of the approximately 300,000 Portuguese residing in the United Kingdom, more than 92,000 have already applied for resident status and the overwhelming majority have been granted permission. As for the minority, it has been notified to submit missing documents, ‘he said.
The Brexit line, which started operating on April 1, has already provided information or scheduled consular assistance to over 30,000 Portuguese citizens in the United Kingdom. «We have been attending about 6000 people a month».
The Secretary of State also mentioned the consular stays, that is, the movement of consulate officials to the places where there are Portuguese to ensure access to services.
The British authorities themselves “have held more than 40 briefings,” he said.
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