Type of Visas
Schengen Visa (Duration between 1 to 90 days);
a) Temporary Stay (Less than 1 year);
b) Residency (More than 1 year).
A Schengen Visa is an authorization issued by one of the Member-States for the purpose of airport transit, transit or an intended short stay in a territory of one or more Member-States, allowing its holder to present him/herself at the external frontier.
The Schengen visa is a short-stay visa for a maximum period of ninety (90) days during any hundred and eighty (180) days period and can be granted for tourism, family visit, business, seasonal work, transit, among others.
There are three types of Schengen visas: (1) Short Stay visa; (2) Seasonal work visa; (3) Airport transit visa.
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.
Third-country nationals are required to hold a long stay visa to enter and stay in Portugal for over 90 days.
In the case of the national visa, the criminal record certificate from the country of origin (PCC) needs to be issued ONLY by the respective REGIONAL PASSPORT OFFICE (RPO) and not by any other department. The original PCC and the respective Portuguese translation needs to be attested with apostille by Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
In the case of a study visa, the latest original Educational Certificate has to be attested first by the competent local authorities and thereafter apostilled by Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. The Certificate will be returned when the visa process is completed.
In the case of an independent work activity visa and a fixed residency for retirement purposes visa, the proof of accommodation (own or rental agreement) has to be for a minimum period of 365 days. The proof of subsistence needs to be produced by submitting a bank statement from Portugal with sufficient funds.
PRESENTATION OF THE APPLICATION
The applicant shall appear in person at the consular post of the applicant´s area of residency. In the case of the Schengen visa, the applicant shall request the document at the consular post that represents the country of his/her main destination within the Schengen countries.
Only residents of the states of Goa, Maharashtra, Union Territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli may apply for visas at the Consulate General of Portugal in Goa. Residents of other states, if residing for more than six months in one of the above listed states, may also apply at this Consular Post, subject to presentation of proof of residence.
Applicants resident in Maharashtra may send their applications through VFS Global Services. The contacts are as follows:
VFS Portugal Visa Application Centre
Urmi Axis Building, Second floor,
Behind Famous Studio, Opp. E. Moses Road,
Mahalaxmi (West), Mumbai
400 001 – Maharashtra
Submission of Application:
From 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m.: Applicants / Representatives.
From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Agents.
Collection of Passport:
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday: Applicants / Representatives.
From 3 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday: Agents.
The residents in a different Indian State, should submit their request at the Embassy of Portugal in New Delhi.
The Consulate General of Portugal in Goa also represents Greece and Slovenia with regards to all types of Schengen Visas.
The application form should be filled online, through the E-Visa website.
WARNING: Due to the entry restrictions still in force, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, this system currently only processes national visa applications.
The form duly filled and printed should be submitted along with all the necessary documents, originals and photocopies, in person, at the Consulate on the appointed day. In the case of a request for Schengen visa, biometric data will be collected.
For the collection of the visa, applicants should present Consulate’s email printout, visa payment receipt and identification card.
If the visa application is rejected, there will be no reimbursement of the fees, since the costs relates to the processing of the visa application, and not to the visa itself. Negative decisions on visa applications shall be notified to the applicants and shall state the reasons on which they are based. Applicants whose visa is refused have the right to appeal against the decision. The complete details of the appeal process are stated in the refusal letter that is handed over to the applicant at the time of Passport collection.
Submission of Applications: 9 to 10:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday (token system).
Collection of Passports: 2:30 to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
The grant of visa is at the sole discretion of the Government of Portugal.
A visa is not a guarantee to access the Schengen territories as the final authorization remains with the immigration officials at the respective borders.
Under no circumstance the purpose of stay should be altered once the visa is granted.
Applicants with dual nationality (one being Portuguese) cannot apply for a visa and will have to apply for a Portuguese Passport to travel to Portugal.
For more information, kindly access Visa website.
The above rules and fees are subject to change / modification without prior notice.
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