DoS has announced that effective March 1, 2012, the U. S. Embassy in Lisbon and U.S. Consulate General in Ponta Delgada will no longer process immigrant visa (IV) or diversity visa (DV) applications. These offices will neither schedule nor conduct IV or DV interviews after March 1, 2012. All immigrant and diversity visa interviews and adjudications for residents of Portugal and France will take place at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France.
Embassy Lisbon and Consulate Ponta Delgada will continue to process all pending cases in which the interview has already taken place until May 30, 2012. After May 30, all pending immigrant and diversity visa cases will be transferred to Embassy Paris. Applicants whose cases are to be transferred to Paris will be notified by Embassy Lisbon or Consulate Ponta Delgada with more instructions.
The Lisbon Embassy has clarified that this change affects only the immigrant visa processing. The U.S. Embassy in Lisbon and the U.S. Consulate General in Ponta Delgada will continue to process nonimmigrant visas for business, tourism, education, and other purposes; and will continue to provide the full range of services to American citizens. Further, the Embassy in Paris will provide Portuguese-speaking staff to help with the visa interview.