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yumeful
7/15/2019 17:06 EST

I applied for a D7 visa, and submitted all the paperwork at SF Consulate on May 20th, but the visa status still remains in "accepted." Does anyone have any idea how long it is going to take? And, once it's approved, how long does it take from the day you mail out your passport till you get it back with a visa stamp/seal on? I'm getting very anxious and wondering if I should change the flight date.
Thank you for your help!

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craigandmicki
7/16/2019 11:38 EST

To 'yumeful's' post about visa status: Heard from several people today who reported problems with their visa application status; they discovered that the VFS computer system is having a glitch. Status in the system is being reported incorrectly, timing is a bit affected, most are still getting their visas approved within 90 days.

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Merc
7/17/2019 07:43 EST

Is this 90-day delay across the board with all of the consulates or just SF?

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yumeful
7/17/2019 14:36 EST

Thank you for your info, craigandmicki. But, are you saying that it would take close to 90 days? That means I have to wait another 30 days or so.

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Z16
7/19/2019 13:14 EST

Our appointment was on May 3rd with SF and we still waiting, they mencioned that we can send the passport back to someone in USA and then that person send it to SF consulate and send it back to us in Portugal, so we left at our planning date June 25, and we still have no Visa after 11 weeks!

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vernanjohn
7/20/2019 10:23 EST

our appointment was 05 july in SF at VFS. We were told specifically by the VFS agent that if our visas have not arrived by our target date that we can arrange to pick them up at an SEF office in portugal.I even asked a second time to make sure I heard her right. Her reply was "Yes,is no problem,you just go there on your 90 day tourist visa, pick them up at SEF office". I would sure rather do that than mail my passport back to the US while I'm out of country or reschedule my flights. good luck
with your journey...

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mrosephoto
7/20/2019 12:57 EST

I would really check that out with someone who knows here. No one and I mean no one has ever heard of that. It is possible that that is a new policy but SEF has never issued Visas before. There are still many problems being worked out with the new system so I would triple check that with someone here who knows.

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mrosephoto
7/20/2019 12:59 EST

Honestly no one knows. Since they started the new system it, SF has been a disaster. We have friends who applied just before the started the new system in April. They are still waiting. Someone else got theirs in two weeks. It seems like most people are waiting over 90 days. Lisbon is backlogged.

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mrosephoto
7/20/2019 12:59 EST

Honestly no one knows. Since they started the new system it, SF has been a disaster. We have friends who applied just before the started the new system in April. They are still waiting. Someone else got theirs in two weeks. It seems like most people are waiting over 90 days. Lisbon is backlogged.

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mrosephoto
7/20/2019 12:59 EST

Honestly no one knows. Since they started the new system it, SF has been a disaster. We have friends who applied just before the started the new system in April. They are still waiting. Someone else got theirs in two weeks. It seems like most people are waiting over 90 days. Lisbon is backlogged.

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vernanjohn
7/20/2019 20:13 EST

I don't know why I bother with this forum..I`m relaying info given to me directly from the VFS Global agent in San Francisco conducting our interview very recently. I'm satisfied with what she told me,I trust that much more than "hear say" on the internet. your statement infers one of two things:
(A) the VFS agent conducting our interview, who works with the San Francisco consulate on a daily basis, has no idea what she's talking about or
(B) I`m being disingenuous ( to put it diplomatically ) "IF"our visa hasn't` arrived by our flight date (it should) we intend to travel to PT and get it from SEF. IF...AND ONLY IF...that is not doable as we were told we will send our passports back to the US. One thing I'm not going to do is stress out about it. This process has been bad enough.

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dancebert
7/21/2019 03:39 EST

>It is possible that that is a new policy but SEF has never issued Visas before.

A residence visa is the first step to a residence permit. Those holding a passport from specified countries may enter the Schengen zone without a visa. SEF routinely issues residence permits to those who entered the country without a visa. However, they don't do it for those with 'passive income', AKA pensioners.

Link to a SEF article subtitled "Article 89, paragraph 2 – Residence Permit for self-employed workers without a residence visa"

https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/solicitar/trabalhar/art89-2/

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craigandmicki
7/21/2019 06:41 EST

To 'mrosephoto': Verandjohn's comment about getting their visas at a Portugal-based SEF isn't the same as your comment about SEF never issuing visas before. While I've never heard of SEF doing this either, and while I'm certain that VFS means well but is making a good number of misstatements, it struck me that Verandjohn were certain to confirm this agent's statement and I've observed them as being very clear and conscientious in earlier posts here. I just hope the SEF-issued visa opportunity is true; it would make so much sense and be easier. SEF does extend visas so maybe they can also issue? Let's see! I'm eagerly awaiting their next post telling us how it went. If it doesn't work, the simple solution is mailing passports to the US as many have done before them.

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Aleo
7/24/2019 22:59 EST

One more data point to add...

I submitted my documents to VFS in SF on June 3rd (more than 7 weeks ago). VFS system notified me that my documents were sent to the PT consulate the same day). The system also had glitches and updated my status twice more - both times with the repeated message that my documents were sent to the consulate (on July 1st and July 10th). I contacted the consulate yesterday via email and they replied that they are still processing without providing any ETA.

Are you aware of anyone who submitted their application to VFS and received their visa?

Also, VFS folks told me that even though they already sent me my passport back, the visa itself is a separate card (as opposed to a passport page sticker) and I'll receive it separately. Anyone else heard it?

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microbrain
7/25/2019 17:57 EST

The consulates recently changed to using VFS for intake and pre-processing of Visa applications.

If you submitted before the change to VFS, I have heard at least 5 stories of long delays waiting for the entry visa (unresolved). I understand that the SF Consulate is struggling with the existing visa backlog and the new processes.

What's more, the information coming out of the SF consulate about timing and status has not been very reliable.

I wish I had more concrete answers to your questions, but it seems it is highly variable at the moment.

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craigandmicki
7/26/2019 05:10 EST

To "microbrain's" post: The best resource for current VFS reqs and timing is the FB group Americans & FriendsPT. Follow the "join" steps. These updates will br on this forum in the Fall under "Demystifying the Paper Trail".

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