If you are a non-European (Non-EU) Citizen, you will need to ask for a Visa. If you become a CATÓLICA-LISBON full-time MSc student – you will have to request a Residence Visa for Study Purposes (which will allow you to require, once in Portugal, a Resident Permit for Students in Higher Education). Based on our experience, we recommend you not to request a Student Visa (which can only be temporarily extended and do not allow you to request a Resident Permit for Students in Higher Education).
Later on, if your application to our MSc programs proves to be successful and after you confirm your enrollment, you can request a declaration from our International Relations Office, confirming that you are a student of our school and that, as such, we give you permission to use our school address as your temporary address in Portugal for visa application purposes. In other words, the immigration process for study purposes only starts after the confirmation of your admission and enrollment.
Even though it is students’ responsibility to deal with the Portuguese Immigration and Border Services and to obtain a visa, our International Relations Office will be pleased to give you advice on visa related matters right after your enrollment.
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