AIMA Increases Fees for Immigrants
Agency Replacing SEF Increases Fees for Immigrants Served at Counters by 33% By Press Review 12:19, October 23, 2023
The Agency for Integration, Migration, and Asylum (AIMA), set to replace the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) in issuing documents for foreigners, will initiate a general increase in fees charged to those applying for residence permits, work permits, investment visas, renewals, and extensions when immigrants opt for counter service, and once AIMA’s digital channels are available.
As reported by Diário de Notícias, the fee increases by AIMA will be approximately 33% compared to current prices. For instance, the fee for receiving and analyzing a temporary residence permit application will increase from 91.69 euros to 121.95 euros, while the fee for each temporary residence permit issued or renewed will rise from 78.81 euros to 104.82 euros. Moreover, the fee for permanent residence permits granted to applications made by minors will increase from 242.31 euros to 322.27 euros.
The new fee amounts will come into effect on October 29, the designated date for the abolition of SEF and the transfer of its responsibilities to seven different entities. It is stipulated that the fee remains the same for in-person service until the digital channels are made available and operational.
The decree published in the Official Gazette also establishes a “25% reduction” in fees “when applications are submitted through digital channels,” with Ana Catarina Mendes’s office explaining to the same newspaper that this discount “is on the new fee, meaning that the fee amount will remain the same as the current one.”
For now, it is unknown when AIMA’s digital service channels will be available and operational.
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