The Aliens and Borders Service (SEF) set up a new online platform that allows Ukrainian citizens and their families, as well as any foreign citizen residing in Ukraine, to submit a request for temporary protection.
The platform is available in Portuguese, English and Ukrainian, and grants those over the age of 18 temporary protection status for one year - extendable for two periods of six months (in accordance with the EU's Temporary Protection Directive).
Those with this temporary protection status have the right to taxpayer, social security and National Health Service numbers, which in turn grant them access to various national services and the Portuguese labour market.
Displaced citizens of Ukraine who are in Portugal and need support with their protection request can go to one of the four National Centres for Migrant Integration Support (CNAIMs), located in Porto, Lisbon, Beja and Faro. Support can also be requested at the Local Support Centres for the Integration of Migrants (CLAIMs), of which there are more than 140 across the country.
Further information on the platform and related protection can be requested by contacting the Aliens and Borders Service, via SEFforUkraine@sef.pt. Further information on the integration and reception of displaced people in Portugal - as well as on the provision of support to Ukraine - can be found on a new government-run webpage.
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