Chargé d’Affaires Visit to Military Academy

Chargé d’Affaires Herro Mustafa visited the Military Academy in Amadora on 15 March where she was greeted by Major-General João Botelho Vieira Borges, the Commandant of the Academy.  The Chargé delivered a speech to an audience of approximately 120 students and staff focusing on immigration, perseverance and leadership. Following the presentation, the cadets and Chargé Mustafa engaged on a variety

Study Abroad Portugal – Three Days, Three Cities, Four Events

From March 4-7, the U.S. Embassy, Office of Public Affairs, partnered with EducationUSA in Portugal, located within the Fulbright Commission in Lisbon, to participate in the fourth edition of the Study Abroad Portugal fair, the largest information fair for Portuguese students wishing to study abroad.  The fair offers an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to learn first-hand about the

Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EXECUTIVE ORDER By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the Nation from

Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY SUBJECT:       Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits, Ensuring Enforcement of All Laws for Entry into the United States, and Increasing Transparency among Departments and Agencies of the

Women’s History Month, 2017

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month We are proud of our Nation’s achievements in promoting women’s full participation in all aspects of American life and are resolute in our commitment to supporting women’s continued advancement in America and around the world. America honors the celebrated women pioneers and leaders in our history, as well as

European Refugee Resettlement and Integration Workshops Kicked-off in Portugal

In cooperation with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the U.S. Embassy held a three-day workshop on refugee resettlement and integration in Lisbon on February 21-23, 2017 at the official residence.  This was the first of ten workshops to be held in Europe, part of the European Resettlement and Integration Technical Assistance (EURITA) funded by the U.S. Department of State and

Chargé d’Affaires and Agricultural Attaché Promote Agricultural Trade

On February 10, Chargé d’Affaires Herro Mustafa, Agricultural Attaché Rachel Bickford, and Acting Political-Economic Counselor Ben Rockwell spent an “Agricultural Day” visiting and meeting with several agricultural partners, businesses, government representatives and stakeholders.  The tour and the resulting meetings allowed Chargé Mustafa and Ms. Bickford to reinforce the already strong U.S.-Portugal bilateral agricultural relations, and to open a dialogue on

U.S. Diversity explained to students of Carregal do Sal

On February 15, 2017 the Office of Public Affairs within the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon organized a visit to Agrupamento de Escolas de Carregal do Sal to talk about the U.S. Diversity as well as about Studying Abroad in the United States. This visit was the first time an American Diplomat spoke in this village located approximately 300 kms from

Speaker Françoise Hamlin talks about Black History Month

As part of Black History Month and our overall migrant/refugee outreach, the Embassy brought African-American and African expert Françoise Hamlin to Portugal from February 13-14, to speak on the rethinking the Civil Rights Movement. In particular, the importance of history; how the mass movement for civil rights is defined in the U.S. and how the past informs the present. “The

Escola Secundária da Mealhada visited by an American Diplomat

On February 14, 2017, American Embassy Assistant Public Affairs Officer, Meg Young, visited Escola Secundária da Mealhada to talk about U.S. Diversity. She was accompanied by Dorian Rosca from Fulbright Commission who was also invited to explain to this group of students about the possibility of continuing their studies in the USA. The 100 11th grade students offered excellent and

Chargé d’Affaires Visit to Naval Academy

Chargé d’Affaires Herro Mustafa visited the Naval Academy in Alfeite on February 8, met with the Rear Admiral António Manuel Henriques Gomes, the Superintendent of the Academy, and spoke to an audience of approximately 100 attendees on leadership. Following the presentation, the cadets and Ms. Mustafa engaged in question and answers on leadership and current U.S. policies and presented an

Secretary Tillerson’s Welcome Remarks to State Department Employees

SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good morning, all. We apologize for being late. It seemed that this year’s prayer breakfast, people felt the need to pray a little longer. (Laughter.) But I certainly welcomed them all, so – thank you for such a warm reception. And it’s a pleasure to be here, obviously. I’ve been anxious to be here, and I’m so

Trump honors African Americans

February is National African American History Month. President Trump issued the following proclamation to commemorate the role African Americans have played in U.S. history: NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH, 2017 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As we celebrate National African American History Month, we recognize the heritage and achievements of African Americans.  The contributions

Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

EXECUTIVE ORDER The White House Office of the Press Secretary January 27, 2017 Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

Urgent Notice

Per U.S. Presidential Executive Order signed on January 27, 2017, visa issuance to aliens from the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been suspended effective immediately until further notification. If you are a national, or dual national, of one of these countries, please do not schedule a visa appointment or pay any visa fees at

Exhibition by U.S. artist Sherry Wiggins in Alentejo

The exhibition by U.S. artist Sherry Wiggins, “Reencontrado-a / Meeting Her Again”, opened on January 28 in a ceremony held at the Palace/Museum dos Marqueses de Praia e Monforte, in Estremoz. The event began with music by a young saxophone player, Marina Pereira, from the University of Évora. The Museum Director, Hugo Guerreiro, congratulated Ms. Wiggins and the Foundation OBRAS,

Connect to Success (C2S) Student Presentations

From January 19 to 27, the Embassy team joined FLAD in attending a series of final student presentations to women entrepreneurs by groups of student consultants from the five Universities participating in the Connect to Success (C2S) MBA/Masters Consulting Program, including Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Nova School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Economics of the University

The Inauguration of the President

The inauguration of the President will take place on Friday, 20 January 2017 and will be the fifty-eighth Presidential Inauguration. Information on the 58th Presidential Inauguration is available from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website. Related websites 58th Presidential Inauguration on Inauguration 2017 on Presidential Inaugurations, a Library of Congress American Memory web site The Constitution of

Ambassador Robert Sherman Bids Official Farewell to Portugal

U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Robert Sherman bid an official farewell to Portugal on January 13 in a lunch-conference organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Portugal, the Portugal-United States Friendship Association, and the American Club. The theme of the conference was “Confidence Restored – A Bright Future for Portugal and the U.S.-Portugal Relationship.”   This was Ambassador Sherman’s last official

American Consul in Porto

The American Consul is coming to Porto for American Citizen services such as: Passport Renewals, Consular Reports of Birth and Notarial Services. The visit will take place on January 27th, by appointment only. If you are interested, please contact us at

Ambassador Sherman visits NRP Arpão

U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Robert A. Sherman visited the Portuguese submarine NRP (Navio da República Portuguesa) Arpão on January 11, 2017 in one of his final official engagements with the Portuguese military.  The Ambassador’s video with the Portuguese Fuzileiros went viral after the Portuguese won the Euro Cup in 2016, but this visit with the Portuguese submarine Arpão was all

Robert Sherman Last Visit to the North of Portugal as U.S. Ambassador

U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Robert Sherman traveled north to Porto and Vale de Cambra on January 8-9 on his last official trip to the north of Portugal. During the visit to Porto, the Ambassador visited the University of Porto Rectory, the Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto, the Serralves Museum, met with mayors of several northern cities,

Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – Providing services and

DCM Travels to the North of Portugal

On December 12 and 13, the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Herro Mustafa traveled to the North of Portugal for a series of engagements. As part of the program, the DCM gave a talk at the secondary school of Povoa de Lanhoso for 11th graders on “The Refugees in the current multicultural world”.  Ms. Mustafa explained her life story as

Conference: Portugal and the United States – Partners in a Changing World

On December 7, the University of Lisbon’s School for Higher Social and Political Studies (ISCSP) hosted the conference “Portugal and the United States: Partners in a Changing World”, an event sponsored by the Office of President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa which included the U.S. Embassy and the Luso-American Foundation, FLAD, as partners.  The opening session speakers were President Marcelo Rebelo de

Junior Achievement Leaders for a Day

As part of the overall youth and entrepreneurship outreach, the Embassy sponsored Junior Achievement’s Leaders For A Day initiative. On November 22nd, 26 youths shadowed business leaders, including U.S. Ambassador Robert Sherman, benefiting from the experience of their working day. At the end of the day, students and leaders exchanged their experiences on career and skills development during a debriefing

Speed Networking on Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship

The U.S. Embassy Lisbon organized its second speed networking event for USG exchange program Alumni in Portugal along with various local business leaders on November 16, 2016.  The event took place during Global Entrepreneurship Week. This speed networking event was focused on connecting and networking among alumni and business leaders whose main focus is entrepreneurship, business and/or social entrepreneurship. The

The U.S. Elections Speaker

As part of our overall elections outreach, the Embassy brought Nicholas Kralev to Portugal from November 2-10, to speak on the impact of the American elections, both presidential and congressional, on U.S. foreign policy. “Nobody really knows, not even Trump himself, knows what will happen”, according to American foreign policy expert, Nicholas Kralev. Adding that, “life is very different in

Mission to Mars Launched at the Ambassador’s Residence

Ambassador Sherman hosted a reception at his residence on Thursday November 3, in honor of the launch of the National Geographic series MARS.  The reception was co-hosted by Vera Pinto Pereira, Senior Vice-President of Fox Networks Group Iberia.  Emmet Fletcher from the European Space Agency presented on the work of ESA. MARS is a six-part TV event which premiered on

FCT Fab Lab Inaugurated

On October 28, Nova University’s Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT-Nova) inaugurated the “FCT Fab Lab – Powered by U.S. Embassy” as an expansion of the American Corners program at FCT-NOVA. The Fab Lab concept was developed at MIT through a course named “How to do (almost) anything,” and  Labs consist of a set of digital fabrication tools for rapid

Study Abroad Portugal – Three Days, Three cities

From October 21 – 23, the U.S. Embassy, Office of Public Affairs, partnered with EducationUSA in Portugal, located within the Fulbright Commission in Lisbon, to participate in the third edition of the Study Abroad Portugal fair, the largest information fair for Portuguese students wishing to study abroad.  It offered an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to learn first-hand about

Startup Challenge Winner Announced

The shortlist of startups who participated in the Startup Challenge consisted of startups competing for prizes which will give the winner the best conditions to be successful in the U.S., including the opportunity to showcase their solutions at the Microsoft booth at the Web Summit, one year membership at a Boston accelerator, flights to Boston, and legal assistance to setup

Women Entrepreneurship: Connect to Success Orientation Sessions

On October 14, the Connect to Success team traveled to Porto and Coimbra to announce the women owned businesses selected to work with teams of student consultants in the MBA/Masters Consulting Program.  In Porto, an orientation was held at UPTEC for students from the Porto Business School (PBS) and the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto (FEP) for

Workshops for WOBs in the Azores

The U.S. Embassy and the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) promoted a series of “Connect to Success” workshops for women entrepreneurs, between October 7 and 10, in the Azores. Connect to Success founded by the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with FLAD, aims to support women-owned businesses and promote gender equality in the corporate world. The program already has close to 700 registered

Editor-in-chief of visits Portugal

Dan Costa, editor in chief of and Senior Vice President of Content for Ziff-Davis, participated in a series of talks on new journalism, big data, and smart homes.  Mr. Costa believes that the information circulating on social networks and via a person’s digital “finger print” creates various ethical, informational and privacy issues. Mr. Costa discussed how journalism has been

Embaixatriz Kim Sawyer on gender equality

Kim Sawyer, the wife of Ambassador Robert Sherman, was invited to be one of the four panelists on “Women in Entrepreneurship and Engineering” at the Frontiers Initiative before an audience of 40 people. The Frontiers Initiative is a “space” created at the Nova University Faculty of Science and Technology library that includes a panel discussion three to four times a

U.S. Elections: The race to 270

The U.S. presidential elections will be decided by the swing state according to U.S. Ambassador Robert Sherman.  On October 3rd Ambassador Sherman spoke to 450 students from the Carlucci American International School of Lisbon, St. Julian’s, St. Dominic’s and Oeiras International School at the CAISL auditorium.  He explained that the presidential candidate that obtains at least 270 electoral votes will

Kim Sawyer at the Inspiring Women conference

Stanton Chase Portugal organized on September 28 its seventh HR Lunch under the theme “Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership.” Kim Sawyer, entrepreneur and wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, delivered the keynote address at the Inspiring Women conference. During this event, there were also debates on new trends in gender management and women’s presence in leading positions in companies. Kim Sawyer

Ambassador Sherman Opens Cyber Logistics Summit

Ambassador Sherman participated in the opening panel that inaugurated the “Secure Logistics through Cyber” conference held in Lisbon September 19-21. With cyber experts from 11 countries, both in government and academic circles, the US European Command (EUCOM)-funded conference focused on cyberspace perspectives relating to global supply chain protection, international considerations and current unity of effort methodology and best practices. Rear

“This is America” Brings the American Experience to Lisbon

On September 16 Ambassador Robert Sherman officially opened the 3rd edition of “This is America” and announced the launch of the U.S. Embassy- Microsoft Startup Challenge (  “This is America” was organized by the American Chamber of Commerce and designed to showcase American culture and businesses.  The event took place at the Parque das Nações, in Lisbon. The program included

The Ambassador in Vila Pouca de Aguiar and Marão

On September 16, Ambassador Robert Sherman paid an official visit to Vila Pouca de Aguiar, which is known as the nation’s granite capital.   The Mayor of Vila Pouca de Aguiar, Alberto Machado, wanted to acknowledge the Ambassador’s support of Portugal’s national soccer team during the Euro 2016 games and presented him with a granite table alluding the Portuguese team’s victory.

Bragança Welcomes Ambassador Robert Sherman

During his visit to Bragança, the U.S. Ambassador explained that he would like to encourage foreign companies, especially U.S. businesses, to invest in the region. In his opinion, there are excellent investment opportunities, especially for those who seek a place that is environmentally-friendly and offers sustainable opportunities. Ambassador Sherman noted, “It seems to me that this is a place that

U.S. Embassy Supports Farmers Affected by Fires

After the wild fires that struck Portugal this summer, the United States is providing some disaster relief assistance to those affected by the fires. Through the U.S. Office of Disaster Assistance, the Embassy donated $50,000 to support the work of various NGOs including Caritas which is using the funds to provide feed for farmers who lost grazing lands for their

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Forest Fires in Madeira and North of Portugal

Lisbon emergency officials still report forest fires in some regions of the country, although the fires are being contained by Portuguese authorities. The National Civil Protection Authority’s (NCPA) national emergency plan is still in effect and the current state of alert is yellow. U.S. citizens contemplating visits to Portugal in the immediate future are advised to remain attentive to news

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