Nonimmigrant Visas

Consular Operations: Due to the COVID-19 situation in Portugal and for the health and safety of the public and our personnel, Consular services are limited to emergencies only.

  • Visa services have been suspended.
    • If you have an urgent life and death situation requiring travel, contact the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit at:

Instructions for the Interview Waiver Program

Beginning February 5, 2021, passport and document courier services will no longer be available through the visa application website for visa applicants in Lisbon. If you qualify to waive your in-person appearance for a visa interview, you must send the following documents to the Non-Immigrant Visa Unit (address below) after completing your application process:

  • Confirmation page of the completed DS-160.
  • One photo measuring 5cm x 5cm. The background of the photo must be white. No glasses.
  • Applicant’s current passport and expired passports with previously issued visas.
  • Letter of employment and all supporting documents for your visa application.
  • Proof of MRV fee payment.

A local, CTT (post office) pre-paid envelope (“Correio Verde” / “Correio Azul”). Please note you must pre-address the envelope with your name and delivery address. Include a completed postal registration form and stamps for 1.75 euros to pay for the registration.  This is to be included inside the packet that you send to us and will be used to return your passport and any other documents.

Mail the complete interview waiver package by registered post to:

Embaixada Americana
Non-Immigrant Visa Section
Avenida das Forças Armadas
1649-044 Lisboa

The United States Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal is conducting certain nonimmigrant visa services, including but not limited to air and sea crew visas, student and academic exchange visitors, certain categories of labor visas and approved humanitarian travel. 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 an increased wait time for completing such services due to waiver processing time and reduced and limited staffing and services. 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.

National Interest Exception Waiver Requests to  Presidential Proclamations Related to COVID19

If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately to the United States, please first email us at 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.

Additionally, you cannot apply for an NIE waiver while you are in the United States. If you plan to leave the US to return to Portugal for any reason, you must apply for the NIE waiver when you are in Portugal. As stated above, we encourage all Portuguese to remain in the United States during the State of Emergency as declared by the Portuguese government.

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.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

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.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

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
  • 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


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.