Visiting the European continent is a dream for many people. Fortunately, Filipinos can visit most of the countries there with just a single visa application, called the Schengen visa. Among them is the country of Portugal, which hosts around 3,000 Filipinos, mostly working in the service sector.
Portuguese visa application in the Philippines
Since its closure in year 2011, there had no longer been a Portuguese embassy in the Philippines. While they maintain a honorary consulate in Cebu, it does not accept any visa application. People are forced to travel and contact the Portuguese embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Fortunately, the Greek embassy is now accepting visa applications for people going to Portugal. This arrangement will benefit Filipinos who want to travel to Portugal, especially overseas Filipinos workers who wish to bring over family members or relatives over to visit them.
Requirements for a visa for Portugal
In order for someone to enter Europe, it would require a visa and a passport, or just an identity card. Citizens from the European Union and other affiliated countries will only need identity cards. For everyone else, a passport valid for at least six months after entry is needed. As part of the Schengen agreement, Filipinos are required to have a visa.
For applying for a visa (whether it is for tourist, business or student purposes), you might need one or more from the following requirements:
- A valid passport with a blank visa page
- One or two coloured passport photo
- Copy of your schedules, reservations
- Proof of departure and return arrangements
- Sufficient finances or so-called ‘show money’
- Proof of health insurance
- A letter from employer or proof of self-employment
- Proof of financial status from your accountant or bank manager
- Proof of enrolment at a Portuguese institution
One should expect to wait for about one to two weeks for a tourist visa. For business and educational purposes, it would require two to three months for it to be approved. Note that incomplete files might result to refusal of the visa application.
Find out more details about the visa requirements in other Portuguese countries here: How to Get a Work Visa for Angola
The Role of Document Translators
Translators play a huge part in localizing your documents. By using native and experienced translators, you’ll avoid errors in document tranlations. Only Portuguese native translators are qualified in giving smooth translation of your papers. Furthermore, a translation provider is adept in answering your questions and giving advice on how to proceed with your documents.
It is important for embassies to see that your translation is official. A certificate of translation as well as translators seal should accompany your translated documents. Choose a translation company that can help you achieve your visa application.
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