Foreigners and Borders Service

Foreigners and Borders Service
Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras
Abbreviation SEF
Agency overview
Formed 1974
Preceding agency Direcção-Geral de Segurança
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
National agency Portugal
Primary governing body Government of Portugal
Secondary governing body Ministry of Internal Administration
General nature
Specialist jurisdiction National border patrol, security, and integrity.
Operational structure
Headquarters Lisbon

The Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras - SEF (English: Foreigners and Borders Service) is a police service integrated into the Ministry of Internal Affairs, whose mission is to enforce the immigration and asylum in Portugal, in accordance with the provisions of Constitution, law and government guidelines.

Among other duties, SEF is the agency responsible for the border control and the issuing residence permits to foreign nationals legally residing in Portugal.

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