Lack of work visas has recently prevented at least two Portuguese nationals from entering the United Kingdom, one of whom has been temporarily detained, confirmed the Secretary of State for the Portuguese Community.
“Portugal’s consular posts in the United Kingdom were notified of the case of a national citizen who was temporarily detained and prevented from living in British territory by the border control services, a visa for that purpose After attempting to enter the country to work without “. The agency indicated the official source to Lusa.
He said that another Portuguese was not detained, but was prevented from entering the country for the same reasons.
“Two national citizens were with the consular services, two cases being the subject of conversation with the British authorities. These national citizens were informed that they would have to return to Portugal, as it happened”, he also indicated.
Hey The site Politico reported two weeks ago that dozens of European citizens from different countries were being detained at airports or held in temporary detention centers for several days, until they were deported.
British newspaper Guardian It was reported last week that some affected Europeans had been interviewed for the job, which British government regulations allow.
After “Brexit” from 1 January, citizens of the European Union (EU) are no longer able to travel to the United Kingdom to work without work or student visas or resident status.
EU citizens can enter the UK without a visa and can stay for 90 days if it is for tourism.
However, border control agents may refuse entry if they have reasonable reason to suspect that they intend to remain in the country without the necessary documentation, as was already the case with immigrants from other countries.
Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry has updated the instructions to the security forces to release the foreign nationals on bail in this situation if they have a place to stay.
“Now that the freedom of movement is over, people from the European Union can continue to visit the UK, but those who come for work or study will have to meet our entry requirements and we want them to travel Check before, ”said a doorman. Lusa
Although border control agents have the ability to detain people in an irregular situation, the Ministry of the Interior has determined that “whenever possible, eviction will take place immediately and the person will remain at the airport until the flight”.