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Portugal Reciprocity Schedule
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
Visa Category Footnotes
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:
- G-1 through G-4
- NATO 1 through NATO 6
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.
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.
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)
The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.
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.
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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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates
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.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
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:
- The child must be under 14 years of age, or
- The child must be under 21, provided he or she has not been emancipated (released from paternal power) and was in the custody of the adopting parent or parents before reaching 14 years.
- The adopting parent must be over 35 years of age.
- If over 14 years of age, the child to be adopted must consent to the adoption.
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:
- The adopted child was born legitimate;
- The child's abandonment was not the natural parents' fault; and,
- It is proven that the latter did their utmost to find the child.
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.
Police, Court, Prison Records
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.
Passports & Other Travel Documents
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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.
Visa Issuing Posts
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.
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.