Key facts of the case:
The Foreigners and Borders Service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras, SEF) issued an Order on 7 December 2005 deferring the application for reuniting the family whereby the applicant’s children were notified to hand in their respective visa application forms within 60 days. In January 2006, the visa applications were handed in to the Consular Services of the Portuguese Embassy in Islamabad and were registered in the computerised data base for visas on 21 April 2006. On the same date, a Statement of Opinion was issued denying deferral. A court case seeking to impugn the decision was filed at the Lisbon Central Administrative Court (Tribunal Administrativo Central de Lisboa, TAC de Lisboa) where the decision was upheld with the exception of discontinuing the right of action. The complainant refused to abide by the decision and sought legal action at the Southern Central Administrative Court (Tribunal Central Administrativo Sul) on 12 August 2011 in a writ to protect his rights, freedoms and guarantees.