The Process of Student Visa of Portugal for Pakistani Students Those planning to study abroad in Portugal have to attain student visa if they are nationals of non-EU countries. The EU nationals do not require a student visa to study in Portugal. The rules for attaining student visa of Portugal are country specific. Nationals of different third world countries will have different rules and documents requirements which will be ascertained by the Portuguese Embassy located in your home country. There are different types of Portuguese student Visas based on the duration of your study programme whether it is short course, under graduate, post graduate or PhD research programme. (Read Admission Requirements of Portuguese Universities Here). Here are types of Portuguese Student Visas explained for intending candidates: Types of Student Visas in Portugal for International Students Schengen Short Stay C Type Visa (for Study Programme of Less than 90 Days Duration) The non-EU international students enrolled in a course or research programme of less than 90 days duration will apply for C Type Visa. Upon getting acceptance letter from university of your admission confirmation in the course, you will visit the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate and attain the required information and details of documents to be submitted along the visa application. Portugal is a Schengen state, any individual having a Schengen visa is allowed to travel other Schengen states under one visa for 90 days. Schengen Long Stay D Type Visa (for Study Programme of More Than 90 Days Duration) The non-EU nationals who are enrolled at an accredited university of Portugal in a study programme which has more than 90 days duration will apply for Schengen Long Stay D Type Visa from their home country. Upon getting acceptance letter from your hosting Portuguese university you will visit the Embassy or Consulate of Portugal located in your country nearest to you Portuguese Residence Permit for Researchers The non-EU nationals enrolled in post doctoral research programme that lasts longer than 3 months duration are counted in highly qualified category. Such candidates will apply for Portuguese residence permit for researchers from their home country. This visa type allows candidates to get paid research work and other benefits. Note: There are over 30 countries which have signed an agreement with Portugal. The nationals of such countries do not need student visa for short courses study programme of less than 6 months duration. Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US are few of those. Visa Application Procedure As you ascertain which visa category suits your study programme duration in Portugal, you will visit the Portuguese Embassy in your home country and get visa application form, details of required documents and you might be asked to attend an interview. The applicant must appear to submit the visa application by himself firsthand, as per the rules Embassies do not accept visa applications from any individual other than the applicant himself. The Documents Required for C Type Visa include: Applicant’s valid passport (travel ID) must be valid till the duration of your study programme in Portugal. Completed visa application form Proof of Finances (Bank Statement, Credit Card Statement) proving the applicant has finances to cover the study and living expenses for the stay in Portugal. Proof of accommodation (if the accommodation has not yet been arranged, the applicant must prove he/she has enough finances to afford an accommodation cost for duration of their stay) Two recently taken passport size photographs Health insurance coverage Return travel ticket Acceptance letter from hosting institute in Portugal. (must be original) Bank receipt of paid tuition fee of university Bank receipt of paid visa application fee Clearance certificate from local police station stating that the applicant has no criminal record Health examination certificate The Documents Required for D Type Visa include: Completed visa application form signed by the applicant Applicant’s valid passport (valid for at least 3 months duration, must have blank pages for visa stamps, previous passport (if any) must be attached with current passport) Two recent photographs with plain background National Identity card photocopy Criminal record clearance letter from an authorized authority near the residence of applicant stating the good character of applicant and ensuring there has been no criminal record in the name of applicant. Transcripts of academic records legalized by the Foreign Affairs Ministry of applicant’s home country. Letter of acceptance from an accredited institute of Portugal. Proof of arranged accommodation (rental contract, paid rent receipts and address of residence) Proof of Finances (Bank statement or Credit card statement of last 6 months). Return travel ticket. Health insurance coverage not less than 30,000 Euros. (to cover medical expenses of the applicant during his/her stay in Portugal for education). Proof of paid tuition fee Medical examination certificate All the documents be translated in English language.