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Overview

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.

Applicants, travelling by plane to a destination outside the Schengen Area, may make a stopover in the Schengen Area. During the stopover they may disembark the aircraft and then stay for a certain time in the airport’s transit zone (without going through Immigration Control).

Certain nationalities (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka) have to apply for an airport transit visa in order to be allowed to make such an airport transit.

However there are some exemptions from this type of visa requirement; the most frequent exemption is for:

  1. Holders of a valid uniform visa, national long-stay visa or residence permit issued by a Member State

Please click here for further exemptions.

Eligibility

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 UK, 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)
  4. JURISDICTION RESTRICTIONS:

    WASHINGTON DC: AREAS OF JURISDICTION

    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.

    NEW YORK: AREAS OF JURISDICTION

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

    SAN FRANCISCO: AREAS OF JURISDICTION

    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

Please click here for Visa Fee information

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.

Please check Transit Overview for the nationalities that need to apply for this visa category

  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. 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.

  4. Photo:

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

  5. Proof of travel (airplane, boat, train, coach):

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

Photo Specifications

photospecification

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.

Please click 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.