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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

Portugal

Portugal
Portuguese Republic

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-6 10 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO-7 None Multiple 24 Months
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Civil Documents such as birth, marriage, divorce, and death certificates are issued by the Civil Registrars (supervised by the State-owned Institute of Notary and Civil Registrars Services).  Citizens’ cards are issued by the Department of Identification Civil (supervised by the State-owned Institute of Notary and Civil Registrars Services).   Police certificates are issued by the Ministry of Justice.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available:  There two formats:

  • 1)“Assento de Nascimento”
  • 2) “Certidao do Assento de Nascimento em modelo internacional”. This international form is    written in several European languages.

Fees:  20 Euros for a printed copy or 10 Euros online

Document Name: Assento de Nascimento. The validity is six months from the date of issuance.

Issuing Authority:  Any Civil Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo Civil)    

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  White, A4 paper format with an embossed seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar (Conservador) or  any official from the Civil Registry

Registration Criteria: The birth of a citizen either in Portugal or abroad is subject to mandatory registration within twenty days of birth.

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • In person at any Civil Registry Office or at the Citizens’ shop counters;
  • Online through the Portuguese government’s Citizens website.  The site requires authentication by entering “username” and “password” to create an account. See instructions at the following government website PORTAL DO CIDADAO ;
  • Abroad at Portuguese Consulates;
  • by registered letter.  This process requires sending a complete government form  in duplicate with a pre-sealed self-addressed envelope.  Click on the official FORM

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available. Copies are signed and stamped with the embossed seal of the Civil Registry.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Comments:  

Processing Time:  walk-in requests are issued immediately.  Mail requests take a minimum of eight days.  Online requests are immediately accessible

Regarding online requests: Private citizens must use the passcode to access the contents of the certificate, which is equivalent to a printed version of the certificate

Birth Certificates contain “Averbamentos”, which are the transcripts of changes that occur to the citizen’s civil status, such as name changes, pre-nuptial marital agreements, marriage, divorce, death establishment of paternity, adoption, cancelation or suspension of parental rights, and child custody.  “Averbamentos” are often displayed on the back of birth certificates.

 

Death Certificates

Available: There are two formats.

  • 1) “Assento de Obito”
  • 2) “Certidao de Assento de Obito em modelo internacional”.  This international form is written in several European languages.  The cause of death is not stated on either format in accordance with Data Protection Laws.

Fees:  20 Euros for a printed copy or 10 Euros online

Document Name: Assento de Obito

Issuing Authority: Any Civil Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo Civil)    

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: White, A4 paper format with an embossed seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar (Conservador) or any official from the Civil Registry

Registration Criteria:  Registration of death with the civil registry is mandatory and is normally performed by the funeral home.  In accordance with data protection laws, the Civil Registry Office does not have access to the cause of death therefore death certificates do not include this information.

Procedure for Obtaining: Funeral homes or the Next of Kin may request the certificate.  The certificate must be picked up by a family member:

  • In person at any Civil Registry Office or at the Citizen’s shop counters;
  • Online through the Portuguese government’s Citizens website.  The site requires authentication by entering “username” and “password” to create an account. See instructions at the following government website PORTAL DO CIDADAO ;
  • Abroad at Portuguese Consulates;
  • By registered letter.  This process requires sending a complete government form  in duplicate with a pre-sealed self-addressed envelope. Here is the official  FORM

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available. Signed and stamped with the embossed seal of the Civil Registry

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments:

Walk-in requests are immediately issued.  Mail requests take a minimum of eight days.

Online requests:  Any citizen can use the passcode to access the contents of the certificate, which is equivalent to a printed version of the certificate

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available:  There are two formats:

  • 1) “Assento de Casamento”
  • 2)  “Certidão de Assento de Casamento in International form”.  This international form is written in several European languages.     

Fees: 20 Euros for a printed copy or 10 Euros online

Document Name: Assento de Casamento

Issuing Authority: Any Civil Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo Civil)    

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: White, A-4 paper format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar (Conservador) or any official from the Civil Registry

Registration Criteria: A religious marriage must be registered within three days after its celebration with the Civil Registry Office (Conservatoria de Registo Civil) that issued the license.

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • In person at any Civil Registry Office or at the Citizen’s shop counters;
  • Online through the Portuguese government’s Citizens website.  The site requires authentication by entering “username” and “password” to create an account. See instructions at the following government website  PORTAL DO CIDADAO ;
  • Abroad at Portuguese Consulates;
  • By registered letter.  This process requires sending a complete form  in duplicate with a pre-sealed self-addressed envelope. Here is the official FORM

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available. Signed and stamped with the embossed seal of the Civil Registry

Alternate Documents There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments: Certificates are immediately available.  As to online requests, the registered citizen must use his/her passcode to access the contents of the certificate, which is equivalent to a printed version of the certificate.  Electronic access requires authentication with the creation of an account, “username” and “password”.  For instruction please follow the government website link PORTAL DO CIDADAO

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: 30 Euros (up to 10 pages)

Document Name: Certifico

Issuing Authority: Any Civil Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo Civil)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: White, A4 paper format with embossed seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar (Conservador)

Registration Criteria: It is the government’s responsibility to register all divorces with Civil Registrar Offices.  

Procedure for Obtaining: Requests must be submitted in person by the party/parties to the divorce or by someone with a power of attorney to represent them.  The certificates are immediately available.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available  

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: The Divorce Certificate (Certidao de Divorcio) for mutually agreed divorces is issued by any Civil Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo Civil).  Divorce certificates pertaining to a contested divorce decreed by a court is obtained from the Civil Registry Office where the divorce sentence was filed.

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable

Comments: The general requirements for adoptions are:

  • Prospective adoptive parents must be at least 25 years of age and no more than 60 years of age and be married or living in a common-law relationship for at least 4 years..
  • In certain special circumstances, the age difference between the adopting child and the prospective adopting parent may be 50 years but never exceeding that age difference.
  • The child must be under the age of 15 OR the child may be under the age of 18 if he/she is the son/daughter of the other prospective adopting parent OR if the child is not emancipated and has been entrusted to one or both prospective adopting parents when he/she was under the age of 15.
  • A single person must be at least 30 years of age or at least 25 years of age in the case that the adopting child is the son of the spouse.
  • Consent to the adoption of a child over 12 is required from: the prospective adopting parent’s spouse unless the spouses are legally separated; the child’s natural parents even if they are minors and/or they are not exercising custody, unless the child has been placed in judicial care or has been subject to some other measure for the purpose of adoption; the parents' ascendants if the child is in their custody.  Consent must be given before a Judge and is irrevocable.  There are instances where consent may be waived by the court.  

After completion of all stages of the adoption process, the court decrees full adoption and the child becomes the son or the adoptive parent.  The adoption is registered at the civil registry.  A new birth certificate is made but it does not state the adoptee’s original filiation.  The adoptee is regarded as if he or she were the biological child of the adopter.  Family ties with the previous relatives are dissolved unless the child is adopted by a relative.  The adoptee receives the family name of the new parents.  A decreed adoption is irrevocable.  Only under exceptional circumstances laid in the law can an adoption decree be repealed (through a review process).  Exceptional circumstances are related exclusively to questions about the validity of the required consents.

Under the law of the country, conclusion of the adoption process creates a legal, permanent parent-child relationship between the child and the adoptive parent(s) and it terminates the legal parent-child relationship with the prior legal parent(s).   Therefore, it meets the definition of child in section 10l(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, provided that the age limitations are met.

Processing time in either category is six months to one year.

Identity Card

Available

Fees: 15 Euros to 53 Euros.  Fees are dependent on delivery site (domestic or abroad), if it is a request for expeditious processing, or if the card is valid for 5 or 10 years.  Citizens under 25 are issued cards with a 5 year validity.  Recipients 25 years old and above are issued cards with a 10 year validity.

Document Name: Citizen Card (Cartão de Cidadão)

Issuing Authority: Government of Portugal

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:   The citizen card  is the national identity card.  It is similar to a credit card in appearance, with a computer chip and a magnetic strip storing personal information and biometric data.  The front of the card has the card holder's photo, surname, given/first name, gender, height, nationality, date of birth, document number, expiration date, and card holder's signature.  The back of the card displays the parents' names, tax number, social security number, and National Health Service number.  There is an optical reading area on the back of the card in the machine readable zone.  The chip stores digital certificates (card's authentication and electronic signature), the optical reading area in a digital format, the holder’s address, and other information.  The new model of citizen card was introduced in February 2007 (Citizen Card Exemplar).  Prior to 2008, the National ID card was called “Bilhete de Identidade”.  Citizens over 55 were issued a ID card “Vitalicio” without and expiration date.  These older cards are printed on colored paper and laminated with an embossed seal over the photo.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: Registration is required of all citizens within 20 days of birth.

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • In person at any Civil Registry Office or at the Citizen’s shop counters;
  • Online through the Portuguese government’s Citizens website.  The site requires authentication by entering “username” and “password” to create an account. See instructions at the following government website  PORTAL DO CIDADAO.
  • If abroad - at Portuguese Consulates. Please follow the instructions provided by the government  Instructions

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  The Citizen Card is required of all Portuguese citizens either living in Portugal or abroad. Citizens under 25 are issued cards with 5 year validity.  Citizens  who are 25 years old and above are issued cards with a maximum validity of  10 years.   

  • PLEASE NOTE: Prior to 2008, the National ID card was called “Bilhete de Identidade”.  Citizens over 55 were issued a no expiry ID card “Vitalicio”. Those cards are still in circulation and are valid.  Replacing it for the new Cartao de cidadao is required if the card is damaged or if the holder changes address.    
Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available   

Fees: Online - 5 Euros;  Walk-in – 5 Euros; Email - 5 Euros; Registered mail – 8,25 Euros

Document Name: Certificado de Registo Criminal

Issuing Authority: Serviços de Identificação Criminal, Ministry of Justice,

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: White, A4 paper format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Director General of the Administration of Justice (Direcção Geral de Administração da Justiça)

Registration Criteria: Only final judgements rendered by courts  are subject to registration  in the  citizens’ criminal history registry

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Who may request:  The subject or a legal representative dully empowered by the subject.
  • Methods to Request:
    • Online: ONLY available to citizens who possess Citizen Cards as per the following Ministry of Justice official website  registocriminal.justica.gov and those who have registered in e-services with a pin or digital key.  The certificate can be accessed by the applicant or a third party by entering a passcode.
    • Walk-in: Certificates can be obtained through walk-in services at branches of the Criminal Identification Services.  See instructions in the Ministry website  (DGAJ), Central Units or Sections of local District Courts, and Citizen Shops. For further instructions please follow the government official website (Citizens shops).  Applicants must present his/her Citizen Card or other valid photo identification that contains a signature. Requests are processed and available immediately.
    • For those living abroad: The  following are the official forms and the information from the government official websites:
    • (Application Form) The application can be sent by mail to Av D. Joao II, paragraph 8.1.01 D / E, Floor 13º- DSIC, 1990-097 Lisbon, PORTUGAL; by fax (+351) 211 545 113; or by e-mail (email address) accompanied by a copy of his/her Citizen Card or other valid photo ID displaying signature b) and proof of payment.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  Criminal records display information of Portuguese citizens and foreign aliens residing in Portugal who are over the age of 16 and who were the subject of convictions and subsequent decisions handed down by Portuguese Courts.  Certificates also contain convictions and subsequent decisions handed down by foreign courts that are transmitted to Portugal by foreign authorities pursuant to a convention or international agreement. Police certificates are issued to people 16 years of age and over, regardless of nationality, place of birth, or in-country residence status.  Certificates are valid for three months as from the date of issuance.  If records indicate previous convictions a complete record may be obtained from the Presiding Judge of the Court where the sentence was imposed.

 

Prison Records

Unavailable

Military Records

Available

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name: Folha de Matricula or Caderneta Militar

Issuing Authority:  The three branches of the armed forces.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  There is no special seal(s)/color/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  There is no procedure for obtaining

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments: Issued to male Portuguese citizens who are currently serving or formerly served in the Portuguese armed forces. 

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Passport

Types Available :  Regular (Comun); Special (Especial); Diplomatic (Diplomático); Temporary (Temporário)

Fees: Normal €65 + €10 if delivered by mail ; Express €85; Urgent €95; Urgent (issued at Lisbon Airport)  €100;  External service €50; Temporary Passport €150;

Document Name:  Passaporte

Issuing Government Authority: Servico de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF); VPGR – Madeira; VPGR -Acores; Portuguese Consulates

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The Portuguese passport is an e-passport that includes a microprocessor.  The color is maroon with golden print and is written only in Portuguese.  Following European Union Standards the passport bears the title União Europeia above the country name and the title of Passaporte.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • If the Passport is for a citizen over the age of 18:
    • No identity document is accepted other than a valid Identity Card/Citizen Card.
    • In the event that the applicant is already a passport holder, granting a new Regular passport is only permitted upon surrendering the previous passport, except when the passport contains visas justifying its retention by the holder.
  • If the Passport is for a citizen under the age of 18:
    • No identity document is accepted other than a valid identity card/citizen card, and the minor must be present.
    •  In the event that the applicant is already a passport holder, granting a new Regular passport is only permitted upon surrendering the previous passport, except when the passport contains visas justifying its retention by the holder.
    • The applicant’s parent or guardian must present his/her identity card/citizen card, passport, or other official identification with full name and photograph, or, in the case of a foreign citizen, a valid passport, valid visa, or residency permit that proves lawful residence in national territory.
    • A document proving parental or guardianship rights issued within the previous six months, when applicable, is needed.
    • If the parents of the child are married or in a de facto relationship:
      • The minor must present with his/her valid identity card/ citizen card and be accompanied by a parent with a valid identification document.
      • To prove a de facto relationship, a joint declaration to that effect must be submitted by the two members of the union stating that they have lived in conditions similar to those of a married couple for more than two years;
      • If the child’s parents are divorced, legally separated, separated in fact or never lived in conditions similar to those of a married couple:
        • The minor must present his/her valid identity card/citizen card and be accompanied by the parent or guardian with a valid identification document and a document proving parental or guardian rights.  Accepted documents are: birth certificate or court document or a certified agreement establishing this right.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments: Second Passport:  The granting of a Second Passport to a holder of a valid passport may only take place in exceptional circumstances, duly justified and where it is concluded that its granting corresponds to the national interest or to a legitimate interest of the applicant as a result of relations between other states. (Art. 27 (1) of DL 138/2006, of 26JUL).  Without prejudice to other documents that might be required by the issuing authorities, if necessary and appropriate, the applicant must always submit:

  • A written application signed by the applicant stating the reasons for requesting a Second Passport, listing the applicant’s personal contact details (form available at the Customer Service Centers);
  • A copy of the biographical page and of all pages where visas and stamps are included in the applicant’s current Passport.

Other Documents Available:  There are no other documents available

Other Records

Baptismal Certificates:

Available and known as Certidão de Baptismo.  Certificates are usually obtainable from the Catholic or Protestant church in which the baptism occurred.  Normal processing time by Catholic Church is two days; by the Protestant church, processing is immediate.  Baptismal certificates do not replace birth certificates.

Residence Certificate:

Available and known as Atestado de Residência.  Certificates are issued to resident nationals and non-nationals by the parish board (Junta de Freguesia) of the area of residence.  Certificates may be issued to former resident nationals or non-nationals.  Subjects who have not been registered with the parish board must bring two witnesses or show documentary evidence of residency.  Normal processing time is one to three days.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Embassy

Address: Avenida das Forças Armadas
1649-044 Lisboa

Phone Number:  (351) 21 727 33 00 or (351) 21 770 21 22

Fax: (351) 21 727 23 54

Visa Services email:  Visaslisbon@state.gov

Comments / Additional Information: website is pt.usembassy.gov

Visa Services

Lisbon provides nonimmigrant visa services for all residents of Portugal.  Nonimmigrant visa applications for nationals of Guinea Bissau are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon.

All immigrant and diversity visa interviews and adjudications for residents of Portugal and France take place at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France.  Permanent U.S. residents visiting Portugal can apply for returning resident status or for an emergency replacement of their green card at Embassy Lisbon.  Note, however, that the processing of the returning resident application will occur through Embassy Paris.  For more complete information, please visit the Embassy Lisbon web site pt.usembassy.gov.