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Luned
5/1/2019 19:05 EST

Did the SF consulate request flight reservations during your visit at the consulate? (Not VSF)

Thank you very much for your help!

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Z16
5/4/2019 18:04 EST

I just got my appointment in SF yesterday May 3, and they took our Flight reservation and Health Insurance along everything else they requested, but now only one person gets the visa if they are a couple, in my case my husband will get the visa and I will apply in Portugal for a family reunification. Also they only take cash.

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craigandmicki
5/5/2019 06:34 EST

To Z16: "Family Reunification", or having one person from a family apply for the Type D visa in the US and the other from Portugal, is a method that the SF consulate uses to reduce the number of applications they have to process. It is a choice and you could have refused it. The main reason to refuse it, as you'll find in earlier posts in this forum, is that the second person who applies from the US might find that his/her FBI report has expired by the time the appointment at Portugal's SEF is scheduled. Because you already appeared at the SF consul, I'm guessing you both have your FBI reports in-hand. It's valid for 6 months. Will it be valid for number of months after you get to Portugal, as it could take 60-120 days to get that SEF appointment? IF NOT, there are two work-arounds: find an SEF appointment in another city that has a shorter waiting time or work with a person who can get you a better appointment slot. Also remember that the 'trailing spouse' needs to have financial records no older than 3 months. If I've just made you worry, don't; I'll be happy to walk you thru the details when the time comes.

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Z16
5/5/2019 18:02 EST

Thanks craigandmickj, I will contact you when we get in Portugal. In my case is a little different since I'm the one "without fingerprints" I only have the name search from the Sheriff's department for the last 10 years (the max that they can do) and my 3 rejection letters from the FBI, he said just to get notarized and translated by the consulate in Tulare, but he also checked my applicaton and dated. So I hope I won't have too much problems in Portugal.

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craigandmicki
5/6/2019 03:22 EST

Z16: You won't have an FBI report...Whomever told you that this would be OK in Portugal is putting you at risk. Portugal would be less likely to place any value on a notarized sheriff's report than would someone in the US. Any chance you can go back to the SF office and give them your application package?

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Z16
5/6/2019 20:40 EST

Before we went to SF I sent an Email to Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital about my case and Dina Silva respond my Email, she said to explain the situation to the officer at Consulate in SF, and the officer in SF advised me to notarized a letter explaining my situation with the copies of the letters from FBI and the Sheriff department in Portuguese, it will be done in Tulare office. He also check my application and dated and signed.

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