Applicants can appeal refusal to grant a visa, in compliance with Portuguese domestic law.

Available options being:

  • Complain to the author of the act, within 15 days of this notification (under the terms of article 191 Code of Administrative Procedure), at the Consular Post/Consular Section;
  • Appeal hierarchically, within three months after this notification (in accordance with paragraph b) of paragraph 2 of articles 58 and 59 of the Code of Procedure in Administrative Courts, by reference to paragraph 2 of article 193. º Code of Administrative Procedure), for the member of the Government responsible for the area of Foreign Affairs, at the Consular Post/Consular Section;
  • Initiate administrative action to challenge acts, within three months after this notification (in accordance with articles 58 and 69 of the Code of Procedure in Administrative Courts), at the Administrative Court of Lisbon Circle, by supplementary determination of article 22 of the Code of Procedure in Administrative Courts.

The referred options are not mutually exclusive. As such, the applicant can appeal to the Minister and, depending on the results of such appeal, continue towards litigation (Paragraph 4, Article 59, CPTA).

The applicant can also appeal the decision and bring an action simultaneously to the administrative court, without waiting for the results of the appeal (in compliance with paragraph 5 of article 59 CPTA).

For the administrative costs of handling each appeal procedure, for the use of administrative guarantee, to contest a visa applications decision, with the exception of applications resulting from authorizations for family reunification, 75€ (n.º 5 of article 15º of the Order n.º 229/2021, of the 28th of October).

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