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Posted by algarveresident on August 07, 2008

PORTIMÃO’S NEW branch of the immigration and border control authority, Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF), was inaugurated in the presence of several government officials on Friday afternoon.A total of 124,000 euros was invested in the new installations, which replace the existing SEF branch in Portimão that has now been closed down. The new branch includes the latest technology to collect biometric data such as digitalised fingerprints for residency applications of non-EU citizens.EU citizens can also go to the branch for residency applications and renewals. As well as attending to the public, the new branch also has offices equipped to carry out criminal investigations.Rui Pereira, the Minister of Internal Affairs, said: “This new branch will offer a faster and more efficient service. There is no need for public services to be troublesome.”Also present at the event were Isilda Gomes, Civil Governor of the Algarve, Manuel Palos, the national director of SEF, and António da Luz, Portimão Câmara president.SEF’s image has also undergone a facelift, with the swallow being a symbol of freedom to travel, on a navy blue background.The new SEF branch, which is open between 9am and 5pm, is located at Lote 11, Quinta do Morais in Portimão, opposite the fire station. Other branches of SEF can be found in Faro, Albufeira, Tavira and Castro Marim.For more information, please email del.portimao@sef.pt or visit the website at www.sef.ptDo you have a view on this story? Email: editor@the-resident.com

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