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EEA/EU Family member


Every applicant has to submit his/her Schengen visa application in person and by appointment only on their appointment date, which needs to be booked online by the applicant.

Following family members of an EEA/EU national are entitled to apply for a Schengen visa under EU category, i.e. exempt from paying the applicable visa fee, when travelling together with their EEA/EU family member:

  1. Spouse
  2. Children
  3. Parents (only if child is under 18 years old or elderly parent cohabiting with his/her EEA/EU child)
  4. Registered partner

Any applicants, travelling without their EEA/EU family member, cannot apply under EU category and need to apply for a Tourist visa, i.e. providing all the required documents and paying the applicable visa fee.

Exemption visa application for certain EEA/EU family members:

Family members of an EEA/EU National holding a valid UK Residence permit as demonstrated below, do not need a Schengen visa to enter Portugal, only if the following 2 conditions are fulfilled:

  1. they’re travelling with/joining the EEA/EU family member in Portugal (EU Directive 2004/38/CE)
  2. their UK Residence permit literally bears the wording:

    1. Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National (endorsed in passport)


    2. Permanent Residence Card (endorsed in passport)


    3. Residence Card of a Family Member of a Union Citizen (biometrics card)



However when applicant, holding one of the above mentioned UK residence permits, is travelling without their EEA/EU family member, then they have to apply for a Tourist visa, i.e. providing all the required documents and paying the applicable visa fee.


Applicant must at least meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to submit a Schengen visa application:

  1. holding a valid passport/travel document
  2. holding a valid US residence permit (NOT a B1/B2-type visa; in case applicant holds a short stay visa for the US, then applicant needs to apply for a Schengen visa from his/her residence country)
  3. applying for a short stay visa (Tourist, Family/friend visit, Business or EU family)


    States of: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, District of Columbia.


    States of: Connecticut, Michigan and New York Territories of American Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and Puerto Rico


    States of: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming

For Non EU citizens who are not sure whether a Schengen visa is required to travel to the Schengen Area, please click Do I need a visa? to find out.

Visa Fees

VFS service fee of $33.50 (inclusive of VAT) is charged per visa application, in addition to the applicable visa fee.

Note: With effect from 03 May 2019, Applicants submitting their application to VFS Application Center in San Francisco are required to pay visa fee by Money order/Banker Check / Cashier Check only. Instrument should be payable to "Portuguese Consulate".

Visa Category Visa Fee in Euros Visa Fee in USD
EEA/EU 0.00 0.00

Please Note:

The following category of applicants is also exempt from the visa fee:

  1. Children under 6 years old.

    The Courier Delivery facility for the return of processed applications is available at a fee of $30 (inclusive of VAT) per application; this is an optional service.

    The Visa fees can be paid by credit/debit card, or postal orders in the name of “VFS Services USA Inc”.

    Cheque payments and direct bank transfers are not accepted.

    All fees are non-refundable.

Documents Required

  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all Schengen countries. If you have not purchased, please click here

Important – Retention of document: Please be informed that after processing of Visa/Resident permit applications, Embassy/Consulates only return passport with payment receipt.

Other documents submitted along with your Visa/ Resident permit applications are not returned. We strongly encourage you to retain a copy of all the important document for your reference.

The list of documents below is not an exhaustive list of documents and the applicant could be asked for additional documents if desired by the Consulate General of Portugal.

Applicants always have to bring and show their original documents, but they only need to submit photocopies of the same; unless the requirements specify that an original document has to be submitted. Please refer to the checklist for the list of documents as required by the Portugal consulate, ensure that you have all the documents as per your Visa Categories.

For Minors, please click here.

  1. Visa application form (click here for online VAF):

    All the fields on VAF need to be completed and in case a field is not applicable, then NA should be filled. VAF is a legal document, hence applicant must sign VAF in the designated boxes (no. 37 and under the disclaimer at the end of the application form).

  2. Passport:

    Signed passport, with at least 2 blank pages for visa purposes, must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area and has to be issued within the last 10 years on the return date of the intended trip to the Schengen Area.

    Extended passport may still be valid, but when older than 10 years it is no longer acceptable for the Schengen countries; in this case applicant first needs to apply for a new passport.

    Copies of passport’s Bio page, passport’s signature page and previous Schengen visas issued in the last 3 years also need to be provided.

    Passports must be valid for at least three months after exiting the Schengen area.

  3. UK Residence permit: (please read full details EEA/EU Family  Overview)

    UK Residence permit, endorsed in the passport or issued as a Biometrics card, must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area.

  4. Photo:

    One recent (not older than 6 months), passport-size, colour photo with white background.

  5. US Residence permit:

    Notarized copy of alien residence card or valid U. S. visa with original form I-94 and/ or I-20, I-AP 66, or I-512, if applicable. Visas and permits to re-enter the U. S. must be valid for 2 months beyond date of expiration of the Schengen visa. If applying for transit visa, a ticket showing destination to the final country must be presented.

  6. Proof of relation to EEA/EU family member:

    1. Spouse/Registered partner

      marriage/registered partnership certificate showing applicant’s name and EEA/EU family member’s name. If this certificate is a non EU document (issued outside the EU) and it is in another language than English or Portuguese, then the certificate needs to be translated by a certified translator in the US.

      When married to a Portuguese citizen, then the marriage has to be registered with the Consulate of Portugal in the US.

    2. Child(ren)/Parent(s)

      unabridged birth certificate showing child’s and its biological parents their names. If this certificate is a non EU document (issued outside the EU) and it is in another language than English or Portuguese, then the certificate needs to be translated by a certified translator in the UK.

  7. Passport/ID card of EEA/EU family member:

    Original document will have to be shown, but only a photocopy will be submitted

  8. Proof of travel with EEA/EU family member (airplane, train, boat, coach, (hired) car):

    Fully paid/booked/reserved return travel tickets: mentioning applicant’s and EEA/EU family member’s name and travel details (date & time)

    When travelling by car, then please provide car registration, car insurance, return travel tickets (ferry or Eurotunnel) showing the car’s registration number and driver’s driving licence. If applicant is not the driver, then driver’s cover letter (signed & dated), confirming travel dates and joint travel with applicant and EEA/EU family member, needs to be provided too.

Photo Specifications


Please provide one recent colour photograph (not more than 6 months old) of yourself, according the following requirements:

  • Taken against a light (white or off-white) background so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background.
  • Clear quality and with the face in focus.
  • Printed on normal photographic paper (camera print).
  • Full face, non-smiling (without sunglasses, a hat/cap or other head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of their religious belief or ethnic background).
  • Please stick the photograph on the Visa Application Form.

If the photographs presented do not meet these requirements, then the visa application will be considered incomplete and applicant will be asked to take new photographs in the photo booth in the visa application centre.

Processing Time

The visa processing time is a minimum of 2 weeks, depending on the nationality of the applicant of the applicant and provided that a complete visa application is submitted; pleaseclick here for the list of nationalities that may have an extended processing time.

Pleaseclick here to ascertain any dates that the consulate will be closed, as this will also affect the processing time of your application.

Article 23 for time lines of application processing.

Annex 16 for nationalities that require prior consultation

After a visa application has been submitted, it is still be possible for the consulate to request additional documents/information and by doing so this may prolong or delay the visa processing time.

Application Form

  • Please click Here to complete the visa application form. Please ensure you print and bring the completed application form when attending for your appointment.