Restriction of Public Services - 21 to 28 January

8 January, 2020

Consular Affairs Lisbon will restrict public services from 21 January through 28 January due to construction.

The Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) Unit will not conduct any interviews, even for expedited cases. However, NIV will continue to process interview waiver cases and diplomatic visas that do not require an in-person interview.

All Consular services will resume on Wednesday, 29 January.

Information on ESTA for Polish Citizens

7 November, 2019

Polish citizens will have access to ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) and the U.S. Visa Waiver Program beginning on November 11, 2019.

For additional information on the Visa Waiver Program, please visit

Extension of Validity for Venezuelan Passports

12 June, 2019

As of June 7, 2019 the Department of State recognizes that previously issued Venezuelan passports and “prorrogas” have been extended by decree of interim Venezuelan President Guaido for an additional five years past their printed date of expiration. Passports rendered valid by this decree will be accepted for visa and other consular services.

Revised Reciprocity Schedule for Portugal

17 January, 2019

As of January 16, 2019, the reciprocity schedule for U.S. visas issued to Portuguese citizens was revised. This change will increase the fee and/or decrease validity for the below categories commensurate to those imposed by the Government of Portugal on U.S. citizens. Note the old reciprocity fees and validities are in parentheses.

Class Reciprocity Fee Applications Validity
F1 $0 ($0) Multiple 28 Months (60 Months)
F2 $0 ($0) Multiple 28 Months (60 Months)
H1B $0 ($0) Multiple 28 Months (60 Months)
L1 $222 ($0) Multiple 40 Months (60 Months)
L2 $222 ($0) Multiple 40 Months (60 Months)
R1 $222 ($0) Multiple 40 Months (60 Months)
R2 $222 ($0) Multiple 40 Months (60 Months)

The Department of State publishes the reciprocity schedule here:

Supreme Court Order on Presidential Proclamation on Visas (December 4, 2017)

11 December, 2017

On December 4, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the Government’s motions for emergency stays of preliminary injunctions issued by the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Hawaii and Maryland, which prohibited the enforcement of certain sections of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (P.P). Nationals of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Venezuela are subject to the restrictions and limitations. More information is available at this link:

Attention: Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas in People's’ Republic of China passports

28 November, 2016

As of November 29, 2016, Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas in Peoples’ Republic of China passports are required to update their biographical and other information from their visa application through the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) before travelling to the United States. This update must be done every two years, or upon getting a new passport or B1, B2, or B1/B2 visa, whichever occurs first.

EVUS enrollment is available at There is currently no fee for EVUS enrollment. Until a fee is implemented, travelers can enroll in EVUS without charge. The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will keep visa holders informed of new information at


EVUS登记网站为。目前EVUS登记不收费。在实施收费规定之前,旅客可免费进行登记。美国国土安全部海关和边境保护局(CBP)将通过网站 向签证持有人公布最新信息。