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Student Visa

Overview

Long-stay visas, in compliance with existing domestic law, can be either temporary or for residency authorization purposes, depending on the duration of the stay and granting the visa holder an authorization to stay in the country according to different purposes: study, internship, work, medical treatment, among others.

Temporary stay visas allow entry and stay in Portugal for less than a year. Temporary stay visas are valid during the entire stay and allow for multiple entries.

Residency visas allow two entries and are valid for a period of 4 months. During that time, the holder of a residency visa is required to request a residency permit with the Immigration and Border Services (SEF).

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VERY IMPORTANT: Customers must be in the US when applying for any of the visas listed below or a residency visa for Portugal.

Any document that requires to be notarized needs to be done in a Notary Public in the state where customer legally resides in the USA.

PURPOSE TYPE OF VISA
Secondary Education a. Temporary stay visa for periods of over 3 months, for study programs, student exchange, training, unpaid internship, volunteer work purposes, as well as commitments pursuant to international agreements or conventions.
 b. Residency visa for research, study, high-school student exchange, internship and volunteer work purposes.       
Bachelor´s
Master´s
PhD
Post-Doc
Research
Mobility program / Exchange program

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

Visa Fees

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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.

VERY IMPORTANT: Customers must be in the US when applying for any of the visas listed below or a residency visa for Portugal.

Any document that requires to be notarized needs to be done in a Notary Public in the state where customer legally resides in the USA.

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.

General documentation

  • Official form; (Mail in application: Please ensure it is signed and notarized before mailing your application.
  • Certified copy of the passport or other travel document, valid for an additional 3 months following the duration of the intended stay;
  • Two identical passport photographs, up-to-date and in good condition, allowing proper identification;
  • Transport document (return ticket);
  • Document certifying the third-country national is in a regular situation when the applicant is from a different nationality than that of the country where the visa is being requested;
  • Valid travel insurance covering necessary medical expenses, including emergency assistance and repatriation;
  • Form authorizing access to Portuguese criminal record by the Immigration and Border Services (SEF);(click here)
  • FBI criminal record or Criminal record from country of origin or country of residency for over one year (minors under 16 years of age are exempt from producing any criminal record related document);
  • Proof of means of subsistence, as stipulated by law;
  • Proof of subsistence means can be made through a statement of responsibility, signed by a Portuguese national or by a foreign national legally resident in Portugal.
  • Document issued by the higher education or training institution certifying admission to a course for the duration of less than one year.
  • Additional Documents: RESIDENCY VISAS

RESEARCH PURPOSE:

  • Work contract or agreement with the research center or university, letter of acceptance by the research center or university scholarship or research stipend or statement of responsibility signed by the research center or university to cover admission and living costs.
  • Researchers that have been admitted to officially recognized research centers or universities are exempt from producing any health insurance or similar, work contract or agreement, travel insurance or means of subsistence.
  • To determine means of subsistence, means obtained through grants or scholarships should be taken into consideration. Proof of means of subsistence will not be necessary when the applicant benefits from a scholarship or research grant. Researchers admitted to officially recognized research or higher education centers (Article 91o-B Law 23/2007) are exempt from providing proof of means of subsistence.

HIGHER EDUCATION PURPOSE: 

  • Fulfills admission criteria or has been accepted to university for a study program and has sufficient resources to attend such program. Students that have been admitted to officially recognized university are exempt from producing any health insurance or similar, proof of compliance with admission criteria or acceptance to the university, travel insurance or means of subsistence.
  • Document issued by the higher education institution certifying admission or eligibility for admission. This document is waived when benefiting from a scholarship.
  • To determine means of subsistence, means obtained through grants or scholarships should be taken into consideration. Students benefiting from a scholarship are exempt to provide proof of means of substitence, as well as nationals from Portuguese-speaking countries.

SECONDARY EDUCATION PURPOSE:

  • Proof of acceptance in high-school; respect the maximum age limit set by law; proof of host family or of adequate housing, for the duration of the stay. These documents will not be necessary when benefiting from a scholarship from the Instituto Camões.
  • To determine means of subsistence, means obtained through grants or scholarships should be taken into consideration. In case of student exchange, proof of means of subsistence can be made through a statement of responsibility issued by the organization in charge of student exchange programs.

INTERNSHIP PURPOSE:

  • Proof of internship acceptance by certified host institution, proof of practical and theoretical training in the field of studies obtained or ongoing, including:

    Description of training program, including objectives and learning components;

    Duration and schedule for training; 

    Location and supervising conditions;

    Legal status of the intern within the host institution;

    Statement that internship does not constitute a replacement for a professional post and acknowledgment of responsibility of payment by the host institution of living costs and removal in case of illegal stay.

  • To determine means of subsistence, means obtained through grants or scholarships should be taken into consideration. Proof of means of subsistence can be made through a statement of responsibility issued by the entity hosting interns.

VOLUNTEER WORK:

  • Proof of contract with host institution responsible for volunteer program, including description of content and duration of program, schedule, supervising conditions, and living costs guarantee (housing and food), including a minimum living stipend or per diem; subscription of a civil liability insurance except for volunteers participating in the European Volunteer Service.
  • In case of student exchange, proof of means of subsistence can be made through a statement of responsibility issued by the organization in charge of volunteer work programs.

Additional Document- MINOR APPLICANT

  • In case of minors, application forms should be signed by the parent holding parental responsibility or legal guardian;
  • When minors are not travelling with both parents, or are travelling with a third person, a travel authorization of one or both parents respectively, or a court order, is required.

Photo Specifications

Please provide one recent color 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 center.

Processing Time

The visa processing time is a minimum of 4 weeks for temporary stay visas (up to one year) or 8 weeks for long term stays (over one year), depending on the nationality of the applicant of the applicant and provided that a complete visa application is submitted.

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

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.