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A visa refusal is the rejection of the application for a non-immigrant visa by the immigration authorities. The immigration authorities of Portugal are called the Immigration and Border Service (SEF) and handles all the matters related to the immigration and citizenship services.
Portugal is also a signatory to the Schengen Agreement and has a common visa policy which in itself does not guarantee access to all the member states as the final decision depends on the border authorities. The visa would cost you around 60 euros and you should apply three weeks in advance to avoid any unplanned processing delays.
The visa application needs to be made to the Portugal Embassy when your main destination in the Schengen area is Portugal. The visa refusal rate for Portugal for the New Delhi Consulate was 12.80% for a total of 6,831 visa applications received by it in 2017.
The most common factors behind visa refusal are that the purpose of visit and the intention to return to the home country are not clear, the funds to cover the expenses are not sufficient, the travel insurance coverage is not adequate, the applicant has had previous issues with the Schengen visa, the applicant has been named by the Schengen Information Services (SIS) as an inconsiderable immigrant who is suspected to be engaged in illegal activities or crimes, the travel documents have been forged or not presented in the correct order.
The reasons for visa refusal will be mentioned in the refusal letter and the fee paid for the visa application is non-refundable. The applicant can either appeal or re-apply.
The instructions for making the appeal are mentioned in the refusal letter and the appeal should be filed if the applicant can provide evidence against the decision of refusal. The appeal needs to be made to the Portugal Embassy and should be made within the time period specified in the refusal letter.
If the applicant cannot produce any new evidence and does not have valid grounds to appeal the decision, then it is better to reapply and file for a fresh application after meeting the reasons for refusal and providing more information in the application.
Portugal is a southern European country bordering Spain and is mostly featured in the bucket list of the travellers. The visa refusal rate of the country is rather high and so caution must be taken while applying by getting in touch with the qualified visa advisors who are experienced in handling issues related to the immigration law.
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