I need to go to court, but I have no economic means to do so. What can I do?

You may request legal protection, a support that the Portuguese State provides people who do not have economic conditions to consult a lawyer and / or to pay the expenses of a judicial or extra-judicial process.
This support consists of making a legal consultation (counseling with a lawyer) to:
• Clarify or discuss a specific case in which their interests or their rights are involved;
• Help solve a problem without having to resort to the courts;
This support also includes the assignment of legal aid, whenever deemed necessary recourse to the courts:
  • To appoint a lawyer, solicitor, enforcement officer or advocate;
  • waive the payment of costs of the lawyer, solicitor, enforcement officer or advocate; 
  • waive the payment of expenses to the court proceedings;
  • Provide payment in installments of the expenses above mentioned
  • Portuguese citizens and the European Union;
  • Foreigners and stateless persons with valid residence permit in an EU Member State;
  • Foreigners without valid residence permit in an EU Member State - if the laws of their countries of origin give the same right to the Portuguese;
  • People who are domiciled or habitually resident in a European Union Member State other than the Member State in which the process will take place (border disputes);
  • Legal persons nonprofit - have only the right to legal aid.
Note: All persons wishing to benefit from these grants must demonstrate to not have economic capacity to support the expenses associated with the lawsuit or hiring a lawyer.
You can contact the Contact Centre of Social Security through the 808 266 266 (hotline) or via email address: www.seg-social.pt
Should fill out the forms available in http://www4.seg-social.pt/formularios?bundleId=614072 or ask them for free from the social security services.
Later must deliver the application in any customer service to the public Social Security, faxing, mail or e-mail for the Services of Social Security the area of ​​residence or registered office of the nonprofit legal person.
In principle, and in normal conditions, you should receive a response within 30 days.
If anything is missing document, the Social Security office write him, asking him to submit the missing documents within 10 days, and warn the user that if not delivered / send this deadline, your application may be refused.
The counting of 30 days shall be suspended until presentation of the documents, restarting after delivery.
Communicate promptly any change of the economic situation.
  By the end of this financial support, are determining the following reasons:
  • If the economic situation (own or their household) change and can dispense legal protection;
  • Where there is evidence that the legal protection granted to it by invalid reasons;
  • If the documents that served as the basis for the award are false declared by decision of the Court, which can no longer be appealed;
  • If, on appeal, his conviction is confirmed as a litigator in bad faith (ie if, for example, lied purposely delayed the process, attempted obstruction of justice);
  • If, in a lawsuit to receive pension provisional food, it is assigned an amount to pay for this lawsuit;
  • If you have been granted legal aid in the phased payment mode and you have not paid a benefit and then fails to pay for that service missing or the respective fine within the time limit given to it to do so;
  • The death of the individual, unless the successors make proof of their legitimacy;
  • The termination or dissolution of non-profit legal person;
  • If it has been a year since it was granted legal protection and have not gone to any legal advice or initiated the action in court, for whatever reason your responsibility.

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Face-to-face service available without previous appointment
The use of a mask or visor is mandatory

You can still opt for the telephone service, through the Migrant Support Line, app My CNAIM or by e-mail

Migrant Support Line

From 5 March 2022: Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 8 pm, and on Saturday, between 9 am and 5 pm

808 257 257 (landline)

21 810 61 91 (mobile and abroad)

National Support Centres for the Integration of Migrants (CNAIM)

Face-to-face service available without previous appointment
The use of a mask or visor is mandatory
Av. de França, 316
Edifício Capitólio
4050-276 Porto

Tel: 22 207 38 10
Fax: 22 207 38 17
From Monday to Friday, between 8 am and 5 pm

CNAIM Lisboa
Face-to-face service available without previous appointment
The use of a mask or visor is mandatory
Rua Álvaro Coutinho, 14
1150-025 Lisboa

Fax: 21 810 61 17
From Monday to Friday, between 8 am and 5 pm

Face-to-face service available without previous appointment
The use of a mask or visor is mandatory
Edifício Administrativo do Parque de Feiras e Exposições Manuel de Castro e Brito
Av. Salgueiro Maia, s/n
7800-552 Beja

Tel: 808 257 257 | 21 810 61 91 (Migrant Support Line)
From Monday to Friday, between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm, and 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm

CNAIM Algarve
Face-to-face service available without previous appointment
The use of a mask or visor is mandatory
Loja do Cidadão
Mercado Municipal, 1.º Piso
Largo Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro 8000-151 Faro

Tel: 808 257 257 | 21 810 61 91 (Migrant Support Line)
From Monday to Friday, between 8:30 am and 5 pm



COVID-19 vaccination: online platform for registration of foreign citizens without a SNS (National Health Service) user number

Information cards on COVID-19 vaccination:

. Arabic (ar)
. English (en)
. French (fr)
. Hindi (hi)
. Mandarin (zh)
. Nepalese (ne)
. Portuguese (pt)
. Romanian (ro)
. Russian (ro)
. Spanish (es)
. Thai (th)
. Ukrainian (uk)

If you have a SNS (National Health Service) user number, please self-schedule your appointment

If you need support with registration and/or self-scheduling, or if you are facing constraints in the process, you can contact us by e-mail: covid19@acm.gov.pt

More information about the COVID-19 vaccination

Lockdown Easing Plan: Schedule and Rules

Lockdown Easing FAQ's

Doctors of the World Portugal' Guide on COVID-19:

. Arabic (ar)
. Bengali (bn)
. English (en)
. Finnish (fi)
. French (fr)
. Fula (ff)
. German (de)
. Hebrew (he)
. Hindi (hi)
. Italian (it)
. Japanese (ja)
. Mandarin (zh)
. Mandinga (man)
. Nepali (ne)
. Netherlands (nl)
. Polish (pl)
. Portuguese (pt)
. Romanian (ro)
. Russian (ru)
. Spanish (es)
. Swedish (sv)
. Tigrinya (ti)
. Turkish (tr)
. Ukrainian (uk)
. Urdu (ur)

IOM’s information leaflet on COVID-19, in more than 30 languages.

IOM's three documents about COVID-19 for migrants, in several languages.

The information presented is purely indicative, with the main purpose  to provide general guidance without exempt, at any case, the consultation with the competent authorities and the use of professional advice regarding the addressed themes

Migrant Support Line

This hotline is working from Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. Get more information here.

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Bem-vindo ao novo portal do Alto Comissariado para as Migrações

Procuramos reunir aqui um conjunto de informação essencial e de interesse para os migrantes. No entanto, sabemos que este é um trabalho contínuo que nunca está terminado.

Contamos consigo para tornar este site mais completo. Se souber de alguma informação que deva ser adicionada ou corrigida, entre em contacto connosco através do acm@acm.gov.pt.