The U.S. Mission to Portugal understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until December 31, 2021, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.
As of 16 July, the United States Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal is resuming certain nonimmigrant visa services, including but not limited to student and academic exchange visitors. You must be a Portuguese national with a valid Portuguese passport and current residency in Portugal, or a foreign legal resident of Portugal. You will be required to show proof of residency with a valid government issued residency document. While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided and email us to request an emergency appointment.
National Interest Exception Waiver Requests to Presidential Proclamations Related to COVID
If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately to the United States, please first email us at Lisbonwaivers@state.gov with the following subject line “Initial Request for National Interest Exception Waiver.”
You will receive an auto-response with a link and very specific instructions on next steps. Please read and follow these instructions carefully.
Please note that you must be a Portuguese national with a valid Portuguese passport and current residency in Portugal, or a foreign national with lawful residency in Portugal. You will be required to show proof of residency, such as a valid residency card or other document issued by the Government of Portugal.
Please also note that all requests for tourism and personal travel that are not for an urgent humanitarian purpose will be denied and will not receive a response.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.
To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:
- Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:
- Callers in Portugal: +351 308 803 811
- Callers in the United States: Call 1 703-831-3424.
- Skype : usvisaportugal
Visiting the Embassy or Consulate
All visitors to the Consular Section are screened by security personnel prior to entry. Electronics are not allowed inside the U.S. Embassy, so please bring hard copies of all documents with you to your interview.
DO NOT bring large backpacks, laptop computers, or large cameras. There is no storage available for large items, and you will be required to store them offsite. You may deposit small tourist cameras and cellular phones with the security guards until your departure.
Only applicants with a scheduled appointment are permitted into the Consular Section. Parents or Guardians of minors, caregivers of disabled applicants, and translators may be allowed to accompany the applicant if needed. Applicants will only be admitted to the Embassy 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment time.
F-1 and M-1
You must have a student visa to study in the United States. Your course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determine whether you need an F-1 visa or an M-1 visa.
For short periods of recreational study, a Visitor (B) visa may be appropriate
Your school will determine your duration of study and will send you Form I-20. You must bring the original to your visa interview.
Your spouse and/or minor children may accompany you during your studies.
They must apply for an F-2 or M-2 visa.
Derivatives require their own I-20 form, but do not need to pay the SEVIS fee.
Your minor children are permitted to attend school in the United States while accompanying you.
- You must pay a SEVIS fee before your interview. The SEVIS fee is in addition to the visa application fee.
- Employment on F or M visa is very restricted. See our website for more information.
- Students cannot study on the Visa Waiver Program or on a Visitor Visa.
- There are restrictions on student F-1 visa holders attending public school in the United States. See our website for more information.
- You may hold more than one valid type of U.S. visa, depending on your purposes of travel.