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.
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.
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Available. The Birth Record (Certidao de Nascimento) is issued by the Conservatoria Do Registo Civil located in the district where the birth occurred. Normal processing time is eight days. There is a three-day processing time for urgent cases. Fees vary for a narrative certified copy or a full-certified copy of record plus additional charges in cases of urgency.
Available. The Death Record (Certidao de Obito) is issued by the Conservatoria Do Registo Civil at the place where the death occurred. Normal processing time is seven days, however, there is a two day processing.time for urgent cases. Fees vary plus additional charges in cases of urgency.
Available. The Certidao de Casamento (Marriage Record) is issued by the Conservatoria Do Registo Civil in the district in which the marriage was entered into. Normal processing time is 8 days. For urgent cases, processing time is 3 days. Fees vary plus additional charges in cases of urgency.
An adoption bond is established by a decree rendered by the Minor's Court in the area in which the child resides. There are two categories of adoption:
General Requirements for Both Categories
The general requirements for adoption are:
Consent to the adoption by the child's natural parents or by the parents' ascendants if the child is in their custody. The consent may be waived by the court. The minimum age of 35 is not required in prospective adopting parents, and may also be granted to a single person. It may be revoked at any time at the request of the natural parents. As it does not confer full status as a legitimate child, such an adoption is not within the meaning of section101(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for immigration purposes.
A full adoption is granted only to a couple married for over ten years and without legitimate offspring of their own. If a child to be adopted was born out of wedlock to one of the adopting parents, the minimum age of 35 years is not required. The child must have been in the custody of the prospective adopting parents, or of only one of them, since the age of not more than seven. If the child's natural parents are known and alive they must sign an irrevocable release unless the child has been placed in the custody of a Minors' Court or in any other institution for minors. A decreed full adoption is irrevocable but subject to review on a later date if:
If over the age of 14, the child must give consent to the revision of the adoption decree. As this category of adoption gives the child full status as a legitimate child of the adopting parents, 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.
Available. An Identity Certificate (Bilhete de Identidade) is required of all Portuguese citizens and foreigners residing in Portuguese territory for over six months. It is issued by the Centro de Identificacao Civil e Criminal at Lisbon. Normal processing time is five days. In urgent cases, processing time is two days. The Centro de Identificacao Civil e Criminal of Lisbon has branches in Oporto and Coimbra. The Oporto branch is invested with authority to up-date Bilhetes de Identidade not issued by computer and applied for by natives of that district and Braga, provided that the applications are not filed directly with the central office in Lisbon. The branch at Coimbra is invested with the same authority for nationals born within that district.
Available. A Certidao de Registo Criminal is issued by the Direccao Geral de Administracao da Justica, Avenida 5 de Outubro 125, 1050, Lisbon, to people 16 years of age or over, regardless of their place of birth or residence. Requests are processed and available immediately. Validity is for three months as of the date of issuance. If the above record reveals conviction, a complete record may be obtained from the Presiding Judge of the Court where the fine or sentence was imposed. The procedure is the same for resident non-nationals. Former residents and Portuguese nationals applying from abroad should submit their requests through the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate. Processing time for out of country requests is approximately one month.
Available. The Prison Record (Certificado de Bom Comportamento) is issued by the Director of the prison where the sentence was served. Normal processing time is two days.
In the cases of juvenile offenders, similar records are secret and may be made available only at the request of Direccao-Geral dos Servicos Tutelares de Menores, Lisbon, or Tribunais Tutelares de Menores or Tribunais de Execucao de Penas in the area where the sentence was imposed or served. Normal processing time is ten days.
Available. A Military Record (Registo Criminal e Disciplinar da Folha de Matricula Militar) is issued at Reparticao de Recrutamento or at the appropriate regimental or naval commanders to male Portuguese citizens between 21 and 45 years of age who are currently serving or formerly served in such armed forces. Also issued to male Portuguese citizens over 45 years of age if they served in the armed forces. Normal processing time is seven days.
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Available. (Certidao de Baptismo) 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: immediately.
Available. (Atestado de Residencia) Issued to resident nationals and non-nationals by the parish board (Junta de Freguesia) of the area of residence. If necessary, it may be issued to former resident nationals or non-nationals. Normal processing time is seven days. An Atestado de Residencia is mandatory as a supporting document of an application made for an identity certificate by a resident national or non-national.
Lisbon, Portugal (Embassy)
APO AE 09726-5320
Lisbon provides nonimmigrant visa services for all of Portugal. Nonimmigrant visa applications for nationals of Guinea Bissau are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon.
The U. S. Embassy in Lisbon no longer process immigrant visa (IV) or diversity visa (DV) applications. All immigrant and diversity visa interviews and adjudications for residents of Portugal and France will take place at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France. Permanent U.S. residents visiting Portugal can continue to 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.