Portuguese Visa Process

Portuguese Visa Process 2022 Summarised By Rudraksh Immigration

The immigration of Indians to foreign countries is not uncommon. However, traditionally, there have been only a handful of countries that have been the preferred choice for people to migrate to. The most common among these are the English-speaking nations. Nevertheless, there are a few not-so-regular regions in the world, that could serve as a great alternative to these popular countries. Portugal is one such European country that has friendly migration policies and is in dire need of a foreign workforce to revive its economy in this post-pandemic era. Rudraksh Group in Mohali lists out the entire process to secure a Portuguese visa. 

Since Portugal falls under the EU (European Union), a Schengen Visa is needed to visit the country. Depending on one’s needs, there is the option of choosing between Short Term (< 90 days), Long Term (> 90 days) or Multiple Entry Visas. Therefore, tourists would opt for the short-term, while students and job-seekers would opt for the long-term visa. Following are the requirements of the visa application process. 

1. Accurately filled visa application form. 

2. Indian Passport not older than 10 years which must be valid for at least 3 months after the departure from Portugal.

3. 2 recent passport-sized photographs. 

4. Cover Letter stating your purpose of visit.

5. Evidence of legal residency in India (ID Proof).

6. Travel and medical insurance cover upto €30,000.

7. Flight & Travel itinerary and proof of accommodation.

8. Proof of your civil status like a marriage certificate.

9. Proof of funds to support your living at €40 per day.

These are some of the general documents needed for the application. In case you are a student seeking higher education in Portugal, you would also require a letter of acceptance with course details from a Portuguese university, your academic qualifications until that point, work experience if any along with any relevant certificates for your course.

Working professionals would need the NOC (No Objection Certificate) from their current employer, job contract along with salary details and bank account statement for the last 6 months, and licensing documents if needed. It might seem a lot, but these are common documents that one could secure from the current job easily. 

The entire process could take a maximum of 30-45 days for completion even if there are a lot of applicants. In some cases, one could get this process done within 15 days as well. 

The application fee depends on where you are applying. In the case of a direct application to a Portuguese embassy, the fee is €80 (€40 for minors).

On the other hand, if you are applying through a VFS, then an additional €38 is also applicable. Ideally, you should apply 6 months prior to your planned visit to Portugal. In case of emergency, you must apply at least 15 days prior to your planned visit. Once you land in Portugal, you are free to roam around the EU countries without needing any further visas. 

If you or any of your friends are interested in knowing more about the chances of a visa for Portugal, you could consider visiting the office of Rudraksh Group in Mohali and interacting with the experienced staff.  

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