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craigandmicki
5/5/2019 06:17 EST

VFS Global Update:
VFS Global is partnering with the San Francisco, Washington DC and New York City consulates to process visa applications. Today, VFS Global confirmed key points about their role and the process:
a) Use the VFS Global application form at https://www.vistos.mne.pt/en/ (choose National Visa, then the applicable category). For the last two weeks, this link has led to an online form that is completed and submitted electronically; today, it became a pdf file that needs to be printed and submitted in hard copy. VFS is clearly trying to work through some glitches. Use whichever format that is available to you.
b) Follow each consulate's existing visa application documentation requirements (consolidated and explained in detail in the files, here, "US Citizens Moving to Portugal: Demystifying the Paper Trail").
c) DC applicants living more than 150 miles from DC may mail their application packages, including a hard copy of their application form
d) Visa appointments are held at the VFS Global offices in each respective city, not at the Portuguese consulate. Office locations are at the VFS webiste.
VFS Global is simply processing applications, not determining requirements. Their agents may not know consulate requirements in full detail. Information can change at any moment; please share your experiences here.

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DJCCHV
5/5/2019 23:30 EST

Given the message I am replying to, Craigandmicki, you may be able to answer a question I have. I had send an email to the DC Consulate, to Dina Silva specifically, asking about my city which is within the 150 mile limit, but more than two hours away and I don’t drive. Then almost on the same day, I received a reply saying I could mail in my application, and the notification came out that VFS would be handling DC applications, and their site clearly states that you have to appear there with your application. So which do I do?

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craigandmicki
5/6/2019 03:18 EST

VFS Global said about DC and appearing in person vs. mailing:
"We are using the existing consulate requirements. We are processing applications, not making policy decisions". That seemed to me an agreement that you can mail your application package. The VFS office location is at their website. You can also call VFS Global or email them; they are very responsive.

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DJCCHV
5/6/2019 09:40 EST

Thanks, CraigandMicki.

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revshep
5/6/2019 11:20 EST

We will be there may 21. I'll post an update.
We are bringing everything we could think of in addition to the docs requested (eg. apostiled marriage certificate, investment/trust account statements,tax returns) just in case.

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