In March of 2020, the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, MNE, announced the new online government platform for visa applications, the e-Visa. The news aims to facilitate the application processes and the implementation of the VIS - Visa Information System.
Therefore, foreigners who intend to come to Portugal can perform part of the process over the internet. It is worth noting that the Schengen visa (tourism), national visa (residence) and citizenship are different documents:
But, how exactly does it work this e-Visa portal? The website works to facilitate the classification of the right type of visa for you. In our simulations, a short or long- term stay visa can be requested there. Residency visas also can be requested through the platform. Therefore, the Golden Visa cannot, it must be requested on the ARI portal.
It is important to say that you have to have some answers in mind before making your registration. Because the portal questionnaire will direct you for the best visa option as well as the necessary documentation:
Above we made the most common simulation among visa applicants in China. Many processes from certain cities such as CHANGSHA, CHENGDU, CHONGQING, FUZHOU, HANGZHOU, JINAN, KUNMING, NANQUIM, BEIJING, SHENYANG, SHENZHEN, WUHAN, SHANGHAI, XIÁN are still being referred to a private government partner company to relieve visa applications by Chineses.
The e-Visa process is new. It is not yet possible to carry out the entire process via the internet. In this first phase, it is possible to do a single registration of the applicant, change the password, edit personal data, access to the history of all your visa requests, register a new visa application and attach documents relating to the visa application. However, it does not include the tax document and the electronic version of the visa, the e-Visa. Because of that you need at least one visit to the Consular Post. In cases of Schengen visas, you need to go there because of the biometric collection and updating of the picture.
Only for long-term residency visas is it necessary to attend SEF in Portugal, the other kinds can be initiated via the e-Visa portal. As for the application for a long-term visa, this new process is an advantage to save on shipping fees by mail or public transportation. See what has changed below:
This visa application can be made online. If you want to do it in person at the Consular Post, you must complete the form available on the MNE website. After that you have to gather the necessary documents and send them to the Consular Post in your country. The deadline by law for visa analysis is between 45 days for temporary stay visas. By residency, visas took at least 60 days, which may exceed this time due to high demand.
The value of the processing fee for the visa application is:
That does not imply a visa issue or refund of the amount charged in case of refusal
Did you know? Temporary stay and residency visas have some exemptions. According to the MNE, visa applicants are exempt:
The great advantage of the process of issuing electronic visas (e-Visa), is the proposed agility due to the digitization of documents and the screening made by the questionnaire, however, on May 14, 2020, the ministry announced that due to the pandemic of the COVID-19 the visa registration and analysis process is postponed until June 15, 2020. So for now we should expect everything to be normalized and other features to enter the portal.
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