How to apply for a Schengen visa to Portugal from Nigeria

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Before we address the question,  How to apply for a Schengen visa to Portugal from Nigeria, let’s check the Portuguese Visa Application Process.

After that we will address How to apply for a Schengen visa to Portugal from Nigeria.

The Portuguese Visa Application Process is divided in two types namely;

  1. Short duration visas usually called Schengen Visas
  2. Resident Visas

Schengen Visas are short duration visas which stay is not more than 90 days.

KNOW YOUR VISA TYPE

Schengen Rules & Regulations

Foreign nationals who wish to travel to Portugal must be in possession of a visa, unless they are nationals from countries which are not included in the list of countries with the obligation to carry a visa in order to cross external borders for stays in the Schengen Area of no more than three months (90 days) in a period of six months (180 days) from the date of entry into the Schengen Area.

Schengen States

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherland, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland.

Schengen Common Visa rule

  • If you intend to visit only one Schengen country and if it is Portugal, you must apply for a visa at Portugal Visa Application center
  • If you intend to visit several Schengen countries and your duration of stay remains longest in one particular country, you are requested to apply for visa at Embassy or Consulate of that particular Schengen country where you will stay for longer period.
  • If you intend to visit several Schengen countries and duration of stay in those countries are same, you are requested to apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate to the first country you enter.

Visa Types

Note: Only Short Stay category applications are accepted at Visa Application center

Short Stay

Required documents for all visa categories

To ensure your application is processed without any delay please include the following:

  • Complete & Signed visa application Form. All questions on the Visa application form must be correctly filled (where applicable); **No field must be left unfilled
  • Three Colored copies of your current passport data page
  • Supporting documentation as per the relevant checklist
  • Receipt of Visa Application Fee & VFS service charges as applicable (To be paid at the bank implant in the visa application center)

Applicants below the age of 18 years must provide the following documents:

  • a copy of birth certificate;
  • A consent letter from Parents
  • Passport copy of the parent issuing letter of consent is to be provided, otherwise National identity card

Passport Requirements

In accordance with the European rule, please ensure that your passport must conform with the following conditions:

*Passport validity must have minimum of 9 months validity at the time of submission and would require the minimum of 3 consecutive empty pages of a leaf in your passport.

*Passport Issued date must not be up to 10 years at the time of submission

Applicants are requested to read the requisite documents carefully that needs to be submitted together with your visa application. Please make sure that you have all the documents indicated in the list, since decision could be delayed and deferred if one or several documents are missing.

Visa Application Processing Time

Applicants who have submitted their application at the Visa application center, Lagos are advised to collect their passport from the application center (if it is ready) after getting a notification or by Tracking the status of the application on this Website.

The collection timing is 10.00 – 16.00 (Monday-Friday except holidays).

Applicants’ need to bring their receipt that was issued to them at the time of submission of visa application PERSONALY for the collection of their passport.

Representative is not allowed to collect passport on behalf of Applicant.

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR A PORTUGUESE VISA FROM NIGERIA

Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your ‘purpose of visit’ – do remember we are here to assist and help you through the entire visa application process but are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa and how long exactly it will take to process it, as this is entirely the prerogative of the Embassy of Portugal in Abuja.

Applicants are requested to read the below mentioned steps carefully before submitting their application at the Portugal visa application center , Lagos or Abuja.

Applicants are to provide the new bio-metric passports.

The Embassy of Portugal would require a minimum of three (3) consecutive empty pages in your passport in order to issue a visa STICKER on your passport.

“All applicants –(Schengen non-immigrant visa) – simply need to walk into one of the VFS center in Abuja or Lagos and submit their application together with the required documents.”

Note: All the applicants, irrespective of his/her intended duration of stay in Portugal or the Schengen area has to sign & submit a Declaration of the provision of true and complete information with their application form.

Applicants applying for all Multiple Entry Schengen Visas, irrespective of the validity, will also have to provide a written guarantee that they will cover all successive trips with an International Health Insurance valid for the intended period of travel.

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What Documents are Required When Applying for a Tourist Schengen Visa to Portugal?

When applying for a Tourist Schengen Visa, you must submit the following documents:

  • Visa application form. Fully completed with correct information, printed and signed at the end.
  • Two recent photos. Taken within the last three months, in compliance with the Schengen visa photo criteria.
  • Valid passport. No older than ten years and with a minimum validity of three months beyond your planned stay in Schengen. It must have at least two blank pages in order to be able to affix the visa sticker.
  • Roundtrip reservation or itinerary. A document that includes dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the Schengen area. Find out how to get flight reservation for tourist visa application.
  • Travel Health Insurance. Evidence that you have purchased health insurance that covers medical emergencies with a minimum of €30,000, for your whole period of stay.
  • Proof of accommodation. Evidence that shows where you will be staying throughout your time in Schengen. This could be a:
    • Hotel/hostel booking. With name, complete address, phone and e-mail, for the entire time you will be in the Schengen area.
    • Rent agreement. If you have rented a place, in the country you will be staying.
  • Letter of tour organizer. If you will be traveling with a tour agency.
  • Proof of financial means. Evidence that shows you have enough money to support yourself throughout your stay in Schengen. This could be a:
    • Bank account statement.
    • Sponsorship Letter. When another person will be financially sponsoring your trip to the Schengen Zone. It is also often called as an Affidavit of Support.
    • A combination of both.
  • Evidence of employment status.
    • If employed:
      • Employment contract,
      • Leave permission from the employer
      • Income Tax Return
    • If self-employed:
      • A copy of your business license,
      • Company’s bank statement of the latest 6 months
      • Income Tax Return (ITR)
    • If a student:
  • Travel Itinerary. A description of your trip to Europe, your purpose of travelling, which places are you going to visit in Europe, the time frame and all the personal data.
  • For Minors:
    • Either birth certificate / proof of adoption / custody decree if parents are divorced / death certificate of parent
    • Letter of consent from parents, including passport copies of both parents/ legal guardian
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What Documents are Required When Applying for a Schengen Business Visa to Portugal?

The following documents are required for a Business Schengen visa application:

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed.
  • Two recently taken photos must be attached. Both photos must be taken within the last three months, according to the Schengen visa photo requirements.
  • A valid passport. It should valid for at least three more months beyond the date you plan to leave Schengen area. Older passports with visas on them (if you have any).
  • Round trip reservation or itinerary  It must include dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the Schengen area. You can use our visa consultation services. We can handle most of your business visa mandatory requirements such as flight itineraries, hotel reservations along with free consultation over email.
  • Travel insurance policy. A document that proves you have travel health insurance for the whole Schengen territory, with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros in case of any medical emergency as illnesses, accidents and even repatriation in case of death.
  • Proof of accommodation. A document that shows where you will be accommodated throughout your stay in Schengen. This could be a hotel booking, a rental agreement, or a letter of invitation from a host at whose house you will be staying.
  • Proof of financial means. Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself financially during your Business trip in Europe. This can be one of the following:
    • Bank account statement – that shows you have enough money in your account for the trip. The statement shall be no older than 3 months.
    • Sponsorship Letter – by another person that confirms they will be financially supporting your trip to the Schengen. In order for this letter to be valid, it must be accompanied by a bank statement of the sponsor, no older than three months.
    • A combination of your bank account statement and a letter of sponsorship.
  • Proof of paid visa fee.
  • Cover letter. Explaining the purpose of the visit to the Schengen country.
  • A short profile of the applicants working place.
  • Letter from employer. Meticulously describing the purpose of the travel as well as the itinerary of the days spend within the Schengen zone.
  • Invitation letter. Written by the partner company in the Schengen zone, faxed also to the corresponding consulate. This letter has to appear as an invitation to attend meetings or other relevant events matching trade, industry or work.
  • Proof of financial means. It must be stated either in the employer’s letter or the partner company’s invitation that one of both parties will be covering the applicant’s travel expenses during his/her stay in the Schengen Zone.
  • If there were previous trade relations between the two companies proof of such an event.
  • For employees:
    • Employment contract.
    • Current bank statement of the latest 6 months.
    • Leave permission from the employer.
    • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary.
  • For the self-employed:
    • A copy of your business license.
    • Company bank statement of the latest 6 months.
    • Income Tax Return (ITR).
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What Documents are Required When Applying for a Visa for Cultural / Sports / Religious Event and Film Crews

The required documents to get a visa to enter Europe under the purpose of attending a Cultural / Sports / Religious Event and Film Crews are as following:

  • Application form. Complete the form with correct answers, print it, and then sign it at the end.
  • Two identical photos. The photos must be taken recently, within the last 3 months. They should also comply with the Schengen visa photo rules.
  • Valid passport. Your passport should be valid for another 3 months upon the date you plan to leave the Schengen Area. Passports older than 10 years are not accepted. Make sure it has at least two blank pages for the visa sticker.
  • A copy of your passport’s data page (A4 size copy).
  • Personal Covering Letter. In this letter you should explain the reason why you need to enter the Schengen Area, and what you will be doing throughout your time there.
  • Flight reservation. Which specifies flight numbers and your entry and exit dates in the Schengen Zone. Find out how to get a flight reservation for your visa application for Cultural, Sports, Religious Event and Film Crews.
  • Schengen Travel Insurance. Your Europe insurance should cover the whole Schengen Area and the whole period of your stay, with a minimum of €30,000 for any medical emergencies, including repatriation in case of death.
  • Proof of accommodation. You will need to show where you will be staying while you are in the Schengen territory. You can do so, by submitting one of the following documents:
    • Hotel Booking. A document issued by the hotel specifying its address and other contact details, as well as your period of stay there.
    • Letter of InvitationWritten by a person residing in the Schengen country you plan to visit, showing their willingness to make a place for you in their home, for your whole period of stay.
    • Rent Agreement. A document showing you will be staying at a rented place in the Schengen country you plan to visit, with details on this place and its owner.
  • Means of Subsistence. Proof on how your stay in Schengen will be financed. Any of the following documents could do:
    • Your bank account statements. Confirming you have the necessary amount for your period of stay.
    • Letter of sponsorship by an institution / organization. A letter issued by the relevant authorities who will be sponsoring your trip to the Schengen Zone, containing information on the purpose of your trip, and all the expenses that will be covered.
  • Proof of civil status. Marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, etc.
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What Documents are Required When Applying for Schengen Visa for Medical Reasons?

The required documents when applying for a Schengen Visa for Medical Treatment are as follows:

  • Visa application form. Fulfill all the required information in the short-stay visa application form correctly. Do not forget to sign the form at the end, after you print it.
  • Two photos. These photos must be identical and no older than three months, fulfilling the Schengen criteria for visa photos.
  • Valid travel document/passport. Make sure your passport has been issued within the last ten years, and had a validity of three more months beyond your planned departure from the Schengen territory.
  • A copy of your passport’s data page.
  • Roundtrip flight reservation. A document that shows details regarding your flight to the Schengen Area and back, including flight numbers and dates.
  • Travel Medical Insurance. Covering the whole Schengen Area, with a minimal coverage of €30,000 during your whole period of stay.
  • Proof of accommodation. This could be any of the following:
    • Confirmed Accommodation in the Medical Clinic/Hospital.
    • Hotel Booking.
    • Letter of invitation.
    • Rent Contract.
  • Proof of civil status: Marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, if applicable.
  • Proof of paid fee. Which is €60 for adults, but the fees are lower or reduced for children and some specific categories. Check the list of Schengen visa fees to learn more!
  • Proof of financial means. Proof that the applicant has sufficient financial means to pay the medical expenses and other related expenses throughout their treatment. This can be one of the following:
    • Bank statements.
    • Letter of sponsorship + bank statements of the sponsor.
    • Proof of advance payments for the treatment + bank statements for other related expenses.
    • Verbal note from the Ministry of Health of applicant’s home country. If the ministry of health in your home country will be covering the costs to your health treatment a letter declaring the readiness of the government to cover your medical treatment costs

Documents Based on Patient’s Employment status:

  • If employed:
    • Employment contract
    • Approved Leave letter from your company
    • Pay slips for the last 6 months
    • Income Tax Return
  • If self-employed:
    • A copy of your business license,
    • Company’s bank statement of the latest 6 months
    • Income Tax Return (ITR)
  • If a student:
  • If retired:
    • Pension statements of the latest 6 months

What Documents are Required When Applying for a Schengen Visa for Official Visits?

The required documents for those applying to obtain a Schengen Visa for Official Visits in any of the member states, are as following:

  • Schengen Visa application form. Fully completed and signed by the applicant.
  • Two recent photos. Identical and taken within the last three months. Edited photos are not accepted.
  • Valid passport. Your passport must be valid for another three months, after your departure from the Schengen area. It must have at least two unused pages, and issued within the last 10 years.
  • Copies of passport pages. Copies of the passport pages containing applicant’s information, and copies of all pages with visas and stamps on them, must be submitted.
  • Roundtrip airline ticket. A document that includes dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the Schengen area.
  • Medical Travel Insurance. You insurance should be valid for all Schengen states and cover the entire period of your intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage shall be EUR 30,000.
  • Proof of financial means. Document that show who and how will cover your expenses during your visit in Europe. This could be one of the following:
    • Verbal Note. If you are a representative of your government, a verbal note issued by the respective ministry, confirming they will pay all your expenses, should be submitted.
    • Bank statements of your bank account. The statements should be of the last three months, proving you have the necessary means to cover your expenses.
  • Proof of AccommodationA documents which shows where you will be staying throughout your visit, as i.e. a hotel booking with details regarding the hotel and your period of stay.
  • Proof of paid fee. The fee for a Visa for Official Visits is €60. Diplomatic passport holders are exempt from paying the fee.
  • Letter of Invitation from the organization in Schengen. An original letter issued by the organization in Schengen, duly signed by the authorized representative, should be submitted alongside with the other documents. It should state:
    • who will cover the expenses for the visit
    • the purpose of travel
    • details of travel schedule (throughout the Schengen areas) including places to visit and dates of visit, together with
    • the list of people travelling, their position and passport number
  • Official Note of the Consular Department. Applicable only for Diplomatic and Official passports.

Keep in mind that the embassy /consulate / VAC where you lodge your application reserves the right to require extra documents from you, prior or upon the submission of your application.

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AFTER SUBMISSION OF YOUR SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION TO PORTUGAL

After submission of documents at the Visa Application center, you can also check the status of your application online by simply providing the unique VAC Reference Number and your Date of Birth. VAC reference number can be found on the Invoice-Cum-Receipt provided by Submission Officer at the Visa Application center at the time of submission.

Please note that the time for passport collection is from 10.00 to 16.00 from Monday to Friday, except weekends and holidays.

During the passport collection at the Visa Application center it is required to provide the following:

  • Original payment receipt that was provided during documents submission.
  • Original proof of identity .
  • For minors: birth certificate

If you have ordered a courier delivery and receive the passport outside of the Visa Application center, please be ready to provide the following documents:

  1. Original Payment receipt.
  2. Document confirming your identity
  3. Air Way Bill Copy

For Schengen Visas, the applications must be submmited to VFS Collection Center in Abuja or in Lagos.

All the necessary information will be given by VFS.

Please find bellow the address of VFS;

Abuja

Portugal Visa Application Center
Sterling Building Opposite Nicon Building, Central Business District, Abuja

Portugal Visa Application Center Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way,Opposite Treasure Garden Estate,Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I – Lagos

For all stays for more than 90 days will have to apply for a resident visa.

In this category of resident visas are namely students, sport professionals or any applicant that intends to work in Portugal.

For those who fall in the resident visas category the applications are submmited directly to the Embasy of Portugal in Abuja, located at Maitama, Abuja with the following address;

Plot 3655, Orinoco Crescent

(Off River Kubani Street, Off Nile Street)

Maitama, Abuja

Nigeria

Student visas requiments are as follows;

ERASMUS

– Acceptance letter from School in Portugal

– Letter from Erasmus awarding the scholarship

– University transcripts (do not need to go to NUC – responsibility of

Erasmus)

-Criminal report to be stamped by MFA, legalized and translated by the CS

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POST GRADUATION

  • Application form
  • University diploma and transcripts to be verified by NUC (photocopies to

be stamped by Ministry of Education and MFA) – photocopies

  •            Acceptance letter
  •            Proof of accommodation
  •            proof of financial means (statement of acct of the last six months –
  •             personal or sponsor)
  •           Criminal report to be stamped by MFA,  legalized and translated by the CS

GRADUATION

  • Application form
  • SS transcripts and diploma to be stamped by ME and MFA (photocopies), documents to be sent to for verification in  NUC
  •  Acceptance letter
  •  Proof of financial means (statement of account of the last 6 months –
  •             personal or sponsor)
  •  Proof of accommodation
  •  Criminal report to be stamped by MFA, legalized and translated by the Consular Section of the Embassy of Portugal

ATTENTION:

Camerounian students must have their School certificates confirmed by the HC of Cameroun

For sport professionals, the requirements are as follows;

  • Apllication form
  • 2 passport pictures
  • Criminal Report authenticated by the Ministry of Forign Affairs
  • Work contrat with a Portuguese club
  • International Passport
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