Fulbright in Portugal

Steve Doig in Lisbon August-December 2010

Lisbon skyline

More preparation

I’m still gathering all the documentation needed for a long-term visa for Portugal. I’ve requested a letter from my local police department stating my lack of a criminal record. I also had a set of fingerprints taken to send to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which will check my record across the country. Happily, I’ve led quite a boring good-citizen life; the only other time I was fingerprinted was when I enlisted in the U.S. Army 39 years ago. I also just had my full medical exam, including tests for everything from tuberculosis to heart disease, and my doctor has certified my good health. I’ll be sending off the visa documents to the Consulate of Portugal in San Francisco this week. The medical report already is on its way to the Fulbright doctors who will decide if I’m healthy enough for the rigors of Lisbon!

And thanks to the folks at Fulbright Portugal, who put a nice notice about my selection on their newly redesigned website. It even includes a link back to this blog!

One Response to “More preparation”

  1. March 26th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Melissa says:

    Oh the joys of the Portuguese visa process! Hopefully the situation will be different for you, but the way it worked for us Fulbright Grantees was this:

    1) Obtain a pricey ($110) 90 day tourist visa from the Portuguese Embassy in the US, which is required to apply for a long-term visa that must be obtained while in Portugal. 2) Make and appointment at immigration services, SEF, preferably outside of Lisbon to avoid an abhorrently long wait. 3) Apply for a long-term visa, either Temporary or Resident, which will be created and placed in your passport while you wait, and pay another fee of at least 50 euros.

    Once all these hoops are jumped through, you’ll finally be able to relax, just be sure to obtain visas for all accompanying family members too. Hope this helps!

    Cheers,
    Melissa (an ASU Fulbrighter in Portugal)

    P.S. Congrats on your appointment! Please let me know if you need any other advice about Portugal.

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