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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


GNR Colonel – António Miguel Casaca Pronto​​ Service Fee: 3 years (from august 1, 2016 to july 31, 2019)​
Cape Verde

GNR Colonel - Filipe Manuel Faria Pessoa Service Fee: 3 years (from september 1, 2018 to july 31, 2021)​​

PSP Chief superintendent - José Ferreira de Oliveira Service Fee: 3 years (from january 1, 2019 to december 31, 2021)​​

GNR Colonel - Carlos Jorge dos Santos Silva Gomes Service Fee: 3 years (from december 5, 2016 to december 4, 2019)

GNR Lieutenant-Colonel - Samuel José Carreirinha Branco Service Fee: 3 years (from february 11, 2019 to february 10, 2022)

PSP Superintendent - Paula Cristina da Graça Peneda Service Fee: 3 years (from november 23, 2016 to november 22, 2019)

GNR Colonel - Carlos Alberto Nunes da Costa Pinto Service Fee: 3 years (from july 14, 2018 to july 13, 2021)
Sao Tome and Principe

GNR Colonel - Pedro Miguel Ramos Costa Lima Service fee: 3 years (from august 2, 2017 to august 1, 2020)
East Timor

PSP Chief superintendent - Miguel José Ferreira Mendes Service Fee: 3 years (from august 25, 2018 to august 24, 2021)
Portuguese Permanent Representation to the European Union

PSP Superintendent - Luís Miguel Fiães Fernandes Service Fee: 3 years (from september 3, 2018 to september 2, 2021)

SEF Chief Inspector Coordinator - Luís Paulo Ribeiro Gouveia Service Fee: 3 years (from december 4, 2017 to december 3, 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


SEF Chief Inspector Coordinator - José António van der Kellen​​ Service Fee: 3 years (from august 05, 2019 to august 04, 2022)​

SEF Chief Inspector Coordinator - Joaquim Pedro Nobre Neves Oliveira Service Fee: 3 years (from may 1, 2019 to april 30, 2022)​​​​
Cape Verde

SEF Chief Inspector Coordinator - Olinda Maria Araújo Chaves Service Fee: 3 years (from november 23, 2016 to november 22, 2019)​​

SEF Chief Inspector Coordinator - Paulo Jorge Leitão Batista Service Fee: 3 years (from 1 june, 2017 to may 31, 2020)​​

SEF Chief Inspector Coordinator - Maria de Fátima Pereira Teixeira Service Fee: 3 years (from september 6, 2016 to september 5, 2019)
Última atualização: 26-07-2019 15:25


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