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MHA Liaison Officers

MHA counts with the presence of liaison officers and immigration liaison officers, whose importance is instrumental in the cooperation ties between Portugal and other states. The liaison officers have different assignments according to their cross-sectional categories or specific immigration competences, performing in both cases functions, which contribute to public safety and tranquillity.
MHA Liaison Officers

​The placement of MHA Liaison Officers is regulated by Decree-Law 139/94 of May 23, which defines the placement of liaison officers of the Republican National Guard (GNR), the Public Security Police (PSP) and the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF), and in international organisations and foreign countries - embassies, representation missions and consulates of Portugal.

The Liaison Officer has the functional content to coordinate the local execution of the Technical-Police Cooperation Programs; be the link between the Portuguese Security Forces and Services and their foreign counterparts; collaborate with the various governmental working groups; assist in the preparation of studies and opinions for the implementation of reforms or strategies of action of the Security Forces and Services of the countries in which they are located; assist the Ambassador in all aspects related to security, namely through a system of collection of information, regarding the security situation, so as to advise and alert the Portuguese Community in the territory.
In accordance with the current legislation, the Ministry of Home Affairs also has Liaison Officers at the  Portuguese Permanent Representation to the European Union.
The current legislation also provides that the International Relations Department of General Secretariat of MHA, is responsible for ensuring coordination and functional and technical connection  with Liaison Officers, according to the authority guidelines, without prejudice to the proper competences of the respective Heads of the Diplomatic Mission, respecting the principle of unity of the external representation of the Portuguese State.
MHA Liaison Officers
Angola.pngGNR Colonel – António Miguel Casaca Pronto
Service Fee: 3 years (from August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2019)

Cape Verde
Cabo Verde.pngPSP Superintendent - Luis Manuel Pacheco Ribeiro Viana
Service Fee: 3 years (from July 11, 2015 to July 10, 2018)

Espanha.pngGNR Colonel -  Maximiano Jorge Henriques Gomes
Service fee: 3 years (from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2019)


França.pngGNR Colonel - Carlos Jorge dos Santos Silva Gomes
Service Fee: 3 years (from December 5, 2016 to December 4, 2019)

Guiné-Bissau.gifPSP Superintendent - Paulo Jorge Gonçalves Sampaio
Service Fee: 3 years (from January 23, 2017 to February 1, 2020)

Marrocos.jpgPSP Superintendent - Paula Cristina da Graça Peneda
Service Fee: 3 years (from November 23, 2016 to November 22, 2019)


Moçambique.pngPSP Superintendent - Paulo Manuel Pereira Lucas
Service Fee: 3 years (from May 1, 2015 to May 1, 2018)

Sao Tome and Principe
S. Tomé e Príncipe.gifGNR Colonel - Pedro Miguel Ramos Costa Lima
Service fee: 3 years (from 2 August 2017 to 1 August 2020)

East Timor
Timor-Leste.pngGNR Colonel - João Jorge Santos Pereira
Service Fee: 3 years (from August 24, 2015 to August 24, 2018)

Portuguese Permanent Representation to the European Union
União Europeia.PNG

GNR Colonel - Paulo Jorge dos Reis Ferreira
Service Fee: 3 years (from August 3, 2015 to August 2, 2018)
SEF Chief Inspector Coordinator - Luís Paulo Ribeiro Gouveia
Service Fee: 3 years (from december 4, 2017 to december 3, de 2020)
MHA Immigration Liaison Officers

The Immigration Liaison Officer is located in the embassies, representation missions and consulates of Portugal, and its placement is regulated by Decree-Law no. 290-A/2001 of November 17, which establishes the discipline related to the creation of the immigration liaison officer and defines their functional content and status.

In this case, the functional content is defined in the order of appointment, so on a case-by-case basis, but usually states the following duties:

  • Cooperate with national and host entities;
  • Ensure regulation of migratory flow;
  • Prevent the entry of illegal immigrants;
  • Ensure the fight against illegal immigration;
  • Enable faster processing of visas granted under Portuguese law or under temporary immigration agreements.
Immigration Liaison Officers
Angola.pngSEF Chief Inspector Coordinator - José António van der Kellen
Service Fee: 3 years (from September 16, 2016 to September 15, 2019)
Brasil.pngSEF Chief Inspector Coordinator - Francisco José Marques Alves
Service fee: 3 years (from April 4, 2016 to April 3, 2019)
Cape Verde  
 Cabo Verde.pngSEF Chief Inspector Coordinator - Olinda Maria Araújo Chaves
Service Fee: 3 years (from November 23, 2016 to November 22, 2019)
Guiné-Bissau.gifSEF Chief Inspector Coordinator - Paulo Jorge Leitão Batista
Service fee: 3 years (from 1 June 2017 to 31 May 2020)

Senegal.pngSEF Chief Inspector Coordinator - Maria de Fátima Pereira Teixeira
Order no. 10314/2016 of August 17, 2016, DR no.157,
Series II, of August 17, 2016
Service Fee: 3 years (from September 6, 2016 to September 5, 2019)
Última atualização: 09-01-2018 10:14


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