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How To Apply

Please follow the below-stated process to apply for the Portugal short term and Long-term Visas:

Step 1: Understand the correct Consular Jurisdiction. To know more information, read the information under "KNOW THE CONSULAR JURISDICTION TAB" of this page.

step 2: Post knowing the correct Consular Jurisdiction, read the “How to apply” process by selecting the name of the correct VFS application Centre Tab in this page to know where you should submit your application.

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KNOW THE CONSULAR JURISDICTION

You must submit your application as per correct Consular Jurisdiction. VFS Application Centre’s won't be able to process your application, in case you apply to the incorrect Consular Jurisdiction.

VFS APPLICATION CENTRE IN NEW YORK States of Connecticut, Michigan and New York. Territories of American Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Bermudas and Puerto Rico Click here to know the “How to apply process
VFS APPLICATION CENTRE IN SAN FRANCISCO States of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas Click here to know the “How to apply process
VFS APPLICATION CENTRE IN WASHINGTON DC 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 Click here to know the “How to apply process
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HOW TO APPLY PROCESS – NEW YORK

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

SHORT TERM VISA OR SCHENGEN VISA: You can submit your application by either of the following options:

  1. Walk-in with Appointment
  2. Mail your complete application: You can avail of the mail-in facility only if you have enrolled your biometrics with VFS Center within the last 59 months.

RESIDENT D VISA OR LONG TERM VISA : You can submit your application by either of the following options:

  1. Walk-in with Appointment
  2. Mail your complete application
  • WALK-IN WITH APPOINTMENT PROCESS

    Step 1:

    Please go to the link to choose the right visa category for you as per your requirements and read carefully all sections including Documents required and Processing Time and know the correct fees before proceeding with your visa application. (be aware visa fee changes at the beginning of the month.)

    1. Short Stay Visa

      Note: Please note that you should apply within 180 days from the date of your intended travel date. Don’t wait to apply at the last minute because processing times may vary from application to application. You should submit your visa application no more than 180 days before your date of travel.

    2. Portugal National Visas “D”

    Step 2:

    Please click here to complete and print the application form in full. Please ensure it is signed and bring it with you when attending for your Visa appointment.

    Step 3:

    Application Visa Fee : Required amount can be paid by way of a money order or Banker / Cashier check in favor of the “Embassy of Portugal”.

    VFS service charges or additional services fee: Required amount can be paid by way of a money order or Banker / Cashier check in favor of the “VFS Services (USA) Inc.” or you can pay by debit/ credit card at time of submission of your application.

    Step 4:

    Please Schedule a mandatory Appointment* at the visa application center in Washington DC.

    Important Notes:

    • VFS is an official outsourcing agency to receive Portugal's National D visa in the United States. You should always contact VFS to address your general queries. Consulate General of Portugal does not accept application directly.
    • Please ensure that you print your Appointment Letter and bring it with you when attending the Visa Application Centre.
    • Please carry the originals and copies of all documents.
    • ALL applicants traveling MUST apply in person.

    Step 5:

    When arriving at the visa application center, you will need to show your appointment confirmation letter at reception. You will then be issued a token and directed to the waiting area. You will next be called to our submission counter where your application and supporting documents will be scrutinized, your biometric information taken (where applicable), and your photograph and passport checked for validity.

    Please be advised, all our VFS Visa Application Centers have additional services available as listed to assist applicants with the application submission process.

    Finally, you will be issued a receipt for the fees and service charge paid as an acknowledgment of the transaction.

    Applicants requiring special physical assistance are requested to contact our helpline before visiting our center so that appropriate support can be offered. Please note that only applicants and carers/assistants will be permitted to enter the Visa Application Centre

    Step 6: Return of the passport: Post receipt of your passport, visa application Centre will courier your documents (additional courier fee will apply) to your home/office address.

  • MAIL-IN APPLICATION PROCESS

    Step 1:

    Please go to the link to choose the right visa category for you as per your requirements and read carefully all sections including Documents required and Processing Time and know the correct fees before proceeding with your visa application. (be aware visa fee changes at the beginning of the month.)

    1. Short Stay Visa

      Note: Please note that you should apply within 180 days from the date of your intended travel date. Don’t wait to apply at the last minute because processing times may vary from application to application. You should submit your visa application no more than 180 days before your date of travel.

    2. Portugal National Visas “D”

    Step 2:

    Please click here to complete and print the application form in full. Please ensure it is signed and notarized before mailing your application.

    Step 3

    Step 1: Write to portugalpostalusa@vfsglobal.com and provide the following information enabling us to send pre-paid labels.
    • Applicant’s full name
    • Full address in the USA with Zip code and Phone number
    • Specify your visa category.
    • Your date of birth
    Step 2: Wait to receive the invoice to make the online payment to receive pre-paid labels to send and receive documents.
    Step 3: Within 24 – 48 working hours, you will be receiving the pre-paid courier labels from VFS and information about the total fee to be paid. Fees once paid will not be refundable.
    Step 4: Send your COMPLETE application along with separate Money order as per the below instructions: Your application form must be notarized.
    1. Application Visa Fee and VFS Service Fee - Required amount as per fee list in favor of “VFS Services USA Inc.”

    Refer fee page for more info (be aware visa fee changes at the beginning of the month)

    Step 5: If you send the incomplete application then VFS will return your application notifying you about all the deficiencies so that you can complete the deficiencies and re-submit your application. In such an instance, the VFS service fee and courier fees paid will not be refundable. Only the Visa fee will be refundable and the refund process may take 15 – 20 business days.

    Step 4: Return of the passport: Post receipt of your passport, visa application Centre will courier your documents ( additional courier fee will apply) to your home/office address.

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HOW TO APPLY PROCESS – SAN FRANCISCO

CONSULAR JURISDICTION: States of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas.

SHORT TERM VISA OR SCHENGEN VISA: You can submit your application by either of the following options:

  1. Walk-in with Appointment
  2. Mail your complete application: You can avail of the mail-in facility only if you have enrolled your biometrics with VFS Center within the last 59 months.

RESIDENT D VISA OR LONG-TERM VISA: You can submit your application only by making an appointment with the Application Centre.

  • WALK-IN WITH APPOINTMENT PROCESS

    Step 1:

    Please go to the link to choose the right visa category for you as per your requirements and read carefully all sections including Documents required and Processing Time and know the correct fees before proceeding with your visa application. (be aware visa fee changes at the beginning of the month.)

    1. Short Stay Visa

      Note: Please note that you should apply within 180 days from the date of your intended travel date. Don’t wait to apply at the last minute because processing times may vary from application to application. You should submit your visa application no more than 180 days before your date of travel.

    2. Portugal National Visas “D”

    Step 2:

    Please click here to complete and print the application form in full. Please ensure it is signed and bring it with you when attending for your Visa appointment.

    Step 3:

    Application Visa Fee: Required amount can be paid by way of a money order or Banker / Cashier check in favor of the “Consulate General of Portugal”.

    VFS service charges or additional services fee: Required amount can be paid by way of a money order or Banker / Cashier check in favor of the “ VFS Services ( USA) Inc” or you can pay by debit/ credit card at time of submission of your application.

    Step 4:

    Please Schedule a mandatory Appointment* at the visa application center in San Francisco.

    Important Notes:

    • VFS is an official outsourcing agency to receive Portugal's National D visa in the United States. You should always contact VFS to address your general queries. Consulate General of Portugal does not accept application directly.
    • Please ensure that you print your Appointment Letter and bring it with you when attending the Visa Application Centre.
    • Please carry the originals and copies of all documents.
    • ALL applicants traveling MUST apply in person.

    Step 5:

    When arriving at the visa application center, you will need to show your appointment confirmation letter at reception. You will then be issued a token and directed to the waiting area. You will next be called to our submission counter where your application and supporting documents will be scrutinized, your biometric information taken (where applicable), and your photograph and passport checked for validity.

    Please be advised, all our VFS Visa Application Centers have additional services available as listed to assist applicants with the application submission process.

    Finally, you will be issued a receipt for the fees and service charge paid as an acknowledgment of the transaction.

    Applicants requiring special physical assistance are requested to contact our helpline before visiting our center so that appropriate support can be offered. Please note that only applicants and carers/assistants will be permitted to enter the Visa Application Centre

    Step 6: Return of the passport: Post receipt of your passport, visa application Centre will courier your documents (additional courier fee will apply) to your home/office address.

  • MAIL-IN APPLICATION PROCESS

    You can avail of the mail-in facility only if you have enrolled your biometrics with VFS Center in San Francisco within the last 59 months. You cannot send your application by mail if you want to apply for a Resident – D or Long term visa.

    Step 1:

    Please go to the link to choose the right visa category for you as per your requirements and read carefully all sections including Documents required and Processing Time and know the correct fees before proceeding with your visa application. (be aware visa fee changes at the beginning of the month.)

    1. Short Stay Visa

    Note: Please note that you should apply within 180 days from the date of your intended travel date. Don’t wait to apply at the last minute because processing times may vary from application to application. You should submit your visa application no more than 180 days before your date of travel.

    Step 2:

    Please click here to complete and print the application form in full. Please ensure it is signed and bring it with you when attending for your Visa appointment.

    Step 3

    Step 1: Write to portugalpostalusa@vfsglobal.com and provide the following information enabling us to send pre-paid labels.
    • Applicant’s full name
    • Full address in the USA with Zip code and Phone number
    • Specify your visa category.
    • Your date of birth
    Step 2: Wait to receive the invoice to make the online payment to receive pre-paid labels to send and receive documents.
    Step 3: Within 24 – 48 working hours, you will be receiving the pre-paid courier labels from VFS and information about the total fee to be paid. Fees once paid will not be refundable.
    Step 4: Send your COMPLETE application along with separate Money order as per below instructions:. Your application form must be notarized.
    1. Application Visa Fee- Required amount as per fee list in favor of “Consulate General of Portugal”
    2. VFS Service Fee - Required amount as per fee list in favor of “VFS Services USA Inc”.

    Refer fee page for more info (be aware visa fee changes at the beginning of the month)

    Step 5: If you send the incomplete application then VFS will return your application notifying you about all the deficiencies so that you can complete the deficiencies and re-submit your application. In such an instance, the VFS service fee and courier fees paid will not be refundable. Only the Visa fee will be refundable and the refund process may take 15 – 20 business days.

    Step 4: Return of the passport: Post receipt of your passport, visa application Centre will courier your documents ( additional courier fee will apply) to your home/office address.

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HOW TO APPLY PROCESS – WASHINGTON DC

CONSULAR 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

SHORT TERM VISA OR SCHENGEN VISA: You can submit your application by either of the following options:

  1. Walk-in with Appointment
  2. Mail your complete application: You can avail of the mail-in facility only if you have enrolled your biometrics with VFS Center within the last 59 months.

RESIDENT D VISA OR LONG TERM VISA: You can submit your application by either of the following options:

  1. Walk-in with Appointment
  2. Mail your complete application
  • WALK-IN WITH APPOINTMENT PROCESS

    Step 1:

    Please go to the link to choose the right visa category for you as per your requirements and read carefully all sections including Documents required and Processing Time and know the correct fees before proceeding with your visa application. (be aware visa fee changes at the beginning of the month.)

    1. Short Stay Visa

      Note: Please note that you should apply within 180 days from the date of your intended travel date. Don’t wait to apply at the last minute because processing times may vary from application to application. You should submit your visa application no more than 180 days before your date of travel.

    2. Portugal National Visas “D”

    Step 2:

    Please click here to complete and print the application form in full. Please ensure it is signed and bring it with you when attending for your Visa appointment.

    Step 3:

    Application Visa Fee: Required amount can be paid by way of a money order or Banker / Cashier check in favor of the “ Embassy of Portugal”.

    VFS service charges or additional services fee: Required amount can be paid by way of a money order or Banker / Cashier check in favor of the “ VFS Services ( USA) Inc” or you can pay by debit/ credit card at time of submission of your application.

    Step 4:

    Please Schedule a mandatory Appointment* at the visa application center in Washington DC.

    Important Notes:

    • VFS is an official outsourcing agency to receive Portugal's National D visa in the United States. You should always contact VFS to address your general queries. Consulate General of Portugal does not accept application directly.
    • Please ensure that you print your Appointment Letter and bring it with you when attending the Visa Application Centre.
    • Please carry the originals and copies of all documents.
    • ALL applicants traveling MUST apply in person.

    Step 5:

    When arriving at the visa application center, you will need to show your appointment confirmation letter at reception. You will then be issued a token and directed to the waiting area. You will next be called to our submission counter where your application and supporting documents will be scrutinized, your biometric information taken (where applicable), and your photograph and passport checked for validity.

    Please be advised, all our VFS Visa Application Centers have additional services available as listed to assist applicants with the application submission process.

    Finally, you will be issued a receipt for the fees and service charge paid as an acknowledgment of the transaction.

    Applicants requiring special physical assistance are requested to contact our helpline before visiting our center so that appropriate support can be offered. Please note that only applicants and carers/assistants will be permitted to enter the Visa Application Centre

    Step 6: Return of the passport: Post receipt of your passport, visa application Centre will courier your documents ( additional courier fee will apply) to your home/office address.

  • MAIL-IN APPLICATION PROCESS

    Step 1:

    Please go to the link to choose the right visa category for you as per your requirements and read carefully all sections including Documents required and Processing Time and know the correct fees before proceeding with your visa application. (be aware visa fee changes at the beginning of the month.)

    1. Short Stay Visa

      Note: Please note that you should apply within 180 days from the date of your intended travel date. Don’t wait to apply at the last minute because processing times may vary from application to application. You should submit your visa application no more than 180 days before your date of travel.

    2. Portugal National Visas “D”

    Step 2:

    Please click here to complete and print the application form in full. Please ensure it is signed and notarized before mailing your application.

    Step 3

    Step 1: Write to portugalpostalusa@vfsglobal.com and provide the following information enabling us to send pre-paid labels.
    • Applicant’s full name
    • Full address in the USA with Zip code and Phone number
    • Specify your visa category.
    • Your date of birth
    Step 2: Wait to receive the invoice to make the online payment to receive pre-paid labels to send and receive documents.
    Step 3: Within 24 – 48 working hours, you will be receiving the pre-paid courier labels from VFS and information about the total fee to be paid. Fees once paid will not be refundable.
    Step 4: Send your COMPLETE application along with separate Money order as per the below instructions: Your application form must be notarized.
    1. Application Visa Fee- Required amount as per fee list in favor of “Consulate General of Portugal”
    2. VFS Service Fee - Required amount as per fee list in favor of “VFS Services USA Inc”.

    Refer fee page for more info (be aware visa fee changes at the beginning of the month)

    Step 5: If you send the incomplete application then VFS will return your application notifying you about all the deficiencies so that you can complete the deficiencies and re-submit your application. In such an instance, the VFS service fee and courier fees paid will not be refundable. Only the Visa fee will be refundable and the refund process may take 15 – 20 business days.

    Step 4: Return of the passport: Post receipt of your passport, visa application Centre will courier your documents ( additional courier fee will apply) to your home/office address.

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