In a statement, the Foreigners and Borders Service states that this automatic renewal functionality is carried out within “the compliance with safety rules and mitigation of the consequences that resulted from the health emergency situation”.

According to SEF, the 29,000 foreign citizens covered by this measure are those whose residence permits expire from January 1 to March 31.

SEF states that in July 2020, it launched a new feature in the "personal area" of the SEF portal, where citizens can access the "automatic renewal" of their residence permit, without the need to travel in person to an office.

According to SEF, more than 161,000 automatic renewals have been carried out to date.

SEF recalls that it has been adopting exceptional measures, with a view to recovering pending issues and efficiency in document management for foreign citizens, namely the automatic renewals of residence permits.