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News from afpop - Friday 7th of June 2024

Michael Reeve - 07-06-2024

News from afpop - Friday 7th of June 2024

Included in this Member Briefing: 1. AIMA issues 2. IRS tax return reminder 3. Dia de Portugal 4. Summer events 5. Living in the Algarve 6. Vilamoura Boat Show reminder 7. Satellite Offices

AIMA issues
There is good news finally, we hope. The new government has presented 41 measures to solve the issues in AIMA (Agência para a Integração, Migrações e Asilo) and immigration in general in Portugal. These measures have already been approved by the President and they include: 
  • Addressing the delay in implementation of the new border control systems (for example e-gates)
  • Solving the problem of high levels of congestion and delays at border control experienced at Lisbon and Faro airports
  • Reinforcing response and processing capacity at Portuguese Consular services (for example visa applications)
  • Promote and manage immigrants’ access to the Portuguese National Health Service (SNS)
  • Expansion of the service available for immigrants to request their NIF, NISS, Nº de Utente in person
  • Improve the supply and frequency of Portuguese language teaching for foreigners
  • Prioritise family reunification processes
  • Restructuring AIMA's internal organisation, including reinforcing human and technological resources
  • Transfer the responsibility for processing of Residency renewal requests in person from IRN to AIMA (non-EU citizens)
We don't know at the moment how this will affect Members' Residency renewal processes in the future or whether there will soon be appointments available again, however as always we will monitor developments and will inform Members accordingly.
IRS tax return reminder
A reminder that IRS tax returns for 2023 must be submitted online through the Finanças website  until 30th of June 2024. It is recommended that you seek professional advice from an accountant. More information in the afpop Bulletin T01/E.
Dia de Portugal
Portugal Day, officially ‘The Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities’ (Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas), is celebrated annually on 10th of June. It is one of the public holidays in Portugal and is celebrated by Portuguese people throughout the world. The afpop office will be closed on that day.
Summer events
With the summer around the corner, we remind you of the updated website of the Algarve Tourism Board with events being organised this summer:
You can find details of events in other areas of Portugal here:

Living in the Algarve
We are pleased to be at the next Living in the Algarve event, which will take place on the 11th of June at the Vila Galé Lagos, Meia Praia. To reserve a place at the event or for more information, visit their website
Vilamoura Boat Show reminder
For the boating enthusiasts, Vilamoura will host the 27th edition of the Vilamoura Marina International Boat Show from 8th to the 16th of June. More information can be found on the website
Satellite Offices
afpop staff will be on hand in the Satellite Offices again in June. If you need advice or assistance, wish to introduce a new Member to the Association, need to renew your subscription or just have a general query, please pass by and see us. We ask you to make an appointment and to inform us about your enquiry, so staff can come prepared to assist you. Please contact the afpop office to make an appointment on 282 458 509 or   
The next dates of the Satellites are:
  • Almancil - Tuesday 25th of June between 10h00 and 12h30 (premises of MEDAL Seguros)
  • Lagos – Wednesday 26th of June between 10h00 and 12h30 (premises of MediLagos on R. José Ferreira Canelas, which is behind the Câmara building).

Alliance Partners
  • Medal Insurance
  • Algarve Resident
  • Blevins & Franks
  • Turismo de Portugal - Algarve
Associate Partners
  • Toldolanda
  • Golf for Greys
  • NCA Portugal
  • Mestre Raposa