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Ruling number 1136/2018, of the Supreme Court, from July 3rd, 2018, states that it is not possible to sustain a situation of social or family “attachment” (existing of social or family bonds) when the foreigner reaches his/her legal age.

In the case of study, we wish to highlight two interpretations from the Court, as follows:

When alleging a situation based on the existence of family bonds, for the same to be considered, the Court interprets that these links should be limited to the concept of “family members subject to regrouping”;

The second interpretation connects with irregular situations of immigrants. Thus, a situation of “attachment” cannot be alleged if there is a breach of a final and binding decision and of course, it may not be alleged when these decisions imply the abandonment of the territory.