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    International Students Access (Bachelor's Degree)

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Useful Information

NOVA IMS is located in Campus de Campolide, a Campus that provides some facilities such as school residence, food services, photocopy services, bank machine and bookshop, besides all the services that you can find at NOVA IMS, as Academic Services, IT services and Library and Documentation Services.

At Academic Services you can find all the support and information you need regarding for instance: enrollment, timetables and calendars (Exams Schedule, Academic Calendar).

Helpdesk support is provided by IT Department to every NOVA IMS enrolled student, IT Department also offer a software set from ESRI, Clarck Labs, Microsoft, MicroStrategy, OutSystems, QlikView, SAP, SAS and SYBASE for teaching and research purposes.

Specialized in the areas of Statistics and Information Management, NOVA IMS Library aims to provide students, teachers and researchers access to documentation and information necessary for the development of their scientific and academic activities.

Here you can access about 5,000 books, theses and dissertations in paper and electronic version from the UNL Repository, and full-text electronic journals from JSTOR, Emerald, Wiley Blackwell and B-On Online Knowledge Library (over 22.000 scientific international publications from 19 publishers).

Click here for more Useful Information.

Visa / Entry in Portugal

It’s student's responsibility to guarantee they fulfil the necessary requirements to be eligible for a student visa.

Applicants from EU/EFTA nations as well as some other nations do not need a visa to study in Portugal.

Starting in 2024, travellers that currently do not need a visa to visit EU member countries will require an ETIAS.

EU/EFTA nations students who remain in Portugal for longer than 3 months must apply for the Certificado do Registo de Cidadão da União Europeia (CRUE Certificate of Residency).
This certificate must be applied for at their local Council within the 30 days following their first three months in national territory.

Please see: https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/residence/documents-formalities/registering-residence/index_en.htm 
Please see: https://www.acm.gov.pt/-/sou-cidadao-europeu-e-necessario-registar-me-para-residir-em-portugal- 
Please see: https://informacoeseservicos.lisboa.pt/en/services/detail/european-union-citizen-registration-certificate (for Lisbon Council).

Holders of a residence permit issued by a Member State of the European Union are authorised to entry and stay into national territory for a maximum of 90 days within any 180-day period. In order to extend their stay, they need to apply for a residence permit for higher education students with visa exemption under no. 4 of article 91 of REPSAE.

Please see: https://aima.gov.pt/pt/estudar/autorizacao-de-residencia-emitida-a-estudantes-do-ensino-superior-art-91-o 

Applicants from non-EU nations normally need a visa to study in Portugal. In order to find out if they need a visa and how to apply, they must contact the embassy or consulate of Portugal in their home country.
Application processing times can vary greatly depending on volume of applications and the applicant’s home country. It is recommended to submit the complete application at least two months prior to the student’s departure.

As a general rule, the necessary documents for student visa applications for entry in Portugal are:

  • National Visa application filled and duly signed by applicant;
  • 2 Photos, even, passport type, recent and in good condition to identify the applicant;
  • Passport or other travel document, valid for 3 months after the estimated date of return. Photocopy of passport (biographical data);
  • Proof of regular status, if you are of a nationality other than that of the country where you are applying for a visa, valid for more than the date of expiry of the visa you are applying for;
  • Valid travel insurance, covering necessary medical expenses, including urgent medical assistance and possible repatriation;
  • Criminal record certificate, issued by the competent authority of the country of the applicant’s nationality or of the country where the applicant has resided for over a year (except for applicants under sixteen), with the Hague Apostille (If applicable) or legalised;
  • Request for criminal record enquiry by the Agency for Integration, Migration, and Asylum (AIMA);
  • Proof of financial resources/means of subsistence, as defined by decree of the competent government members;
  • Fulfils admission criteria or has been accepted to university for a study program and has enough financial resources to attend such program;
  • Lodging/accommodation certificate in Portugal.

The referred documents are the mandatory initial documents to be submitted. The consular post may request additional documents, at their discretion, so this information should be confirmed when requesting a Visa.

Starting in 2024, travellers that currently do not need a visa to visit EU member countries will require an ETIAS.

Portuguese visa processing time varies depending on the purpose of your visit. It can take anywhere from two weeks up to two months, so it is advisable to start the Portuguese visa application process as soon as you receive your Admission Letter.

It is not recommended to entry in Portugal with a Tourist Visa (Schengen Visa).
Although it’s also possible to entry in Portugal with a Schengen visa and then try to apply for a Residence Permit for Higher Education Students, it’s known that the Agency for Integration, Migration, and Asylum (AIMA) has a huge backlog and delay time for scheduling appointments, which can be a problem since a Schengen visa is only valid for 90 days.

In accordance with Ordinance no. 111/2019, of 12 April, which reinforces the simplification of the process of access and residence in Portugal by higher education students who are nationals of countries outside the European Union (EU), following student's admission, NOVA IMS’ Admissions Office shares with the Directorate General for Higher Education (DGES), responsible for transmitting it to the Directorate General of Consular Affairs and Portuguese Communities (DGACCP), the lists of admitted students.

The International Student Support Office provides a visa information, offering further assistance on applying for a student visa as well as information on related areas of immigration.
Please assure you have all the required documents/conditions before requesting our help.

Please be aware that NOVA IMS cannot interfere in Embassy’s decision.
The Visa process is managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NOVA IMS cannot intervene in the process.

Tips

  • Apply for Visa as soon as possible! Visa issues demand much time and attention;
  • Check with the relevant Embassies / Consulates on which documents you need to obtain a visa;
  • Double check all forms and the data you fill in. Sometimes small mistakes result in the refusal of the visa request;
  • Always keep copies of the originals you submit! You may need them.

Housing / Accommodation

The application at NOVA Information Management School does not include an offer for a room in a dormitory.

NOVA University of Lisbon has 3 Residence Halls to accommodate students from the 9 existing Faculties: https://www.unl.pt/en/life-nova/accommodation

Priority is given to SASNOVA scholarship students and students on exchange programmes (Erasmus) when allocating accommodation. Although Residence Halls are not managed by NOVA IMS, International Students must request accommodation at the Erasmus Office of the Faculty they will be studying in. Since there’s a limitation of places available for each Faculty, most students have to find a room themselves on the private market.

Please visit: https://www.novaims.unl.pt/pt/ensino/alunos/programas-de-mobilidade/erasmus/useful-information/.

Please notice that the information contained on the websites mentioned are the responsibility of the respective organizations.

After Arrival

  • EU/EFTA nations students who remain in Portugal for longer than 3 months must apply for the Certificado do Registo de Cidadão da União Europeia (CRUE Certificate of Residency).
    This certificate must be applied for at their local Council within the 30 days following their first three months in national territory.

Please see: https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/residence/documents-formalities/registering-residence/index_en.htm 
Please see: https://www.acm.gov.pt/-/sou-cidadao-europeu-e-necessario-registar-me-para-residir-em-portugal- 
Please see: https://informacoeseservicos.lisboa.pt/en/services/detail/european-union-citizen-registration-certificate (for Lisbon Council).

  • Holders of a residence permit issued by a Member State of the European Union planning to stay in Portugal for longer than 90 days must apply for a Autorização de Residência/Residence Permit for higher education students with visa exemption under no. 4 of article 91 of REPSAE, upon arrival in Portugal.
  • Third Country nationals holding a Residence Visa and planning to stay in Portugal for longer than 90 days must apply for a Autorização de Residência/Residence Permit for higher education students.

Please check your visa stamp, usually for student visas there’s already a scheduled appointment. If so, you should have a link on your visa stamp. If not, you’ll need to schedule and follow the procedure.

The application for granting a residence permit is made by appointment, and is delivered in person with a specific form signed by the applicant or their legal representative. It can be presented at any AIMA Store, which can send it, after instruction and decision, to the services in the applicant's area of ​​residence.

Please see: https://aima.gov.pt/pt/estudar/autorizacao-de-residencia-emitida-a-estudantes-do-ensino-superior-art-91-o 

For third-country nationals, the required documents are similar to the ones required for visa applications:

  • Two identical photographs, passport size, in color and with a plain background, updated and with good identification conditions (if the appointment is made at the AIMA Stores in Odivelas or Aveiro);
  • Valid passport;
  • Residence visa, except for the application for granting a residence permit without a visa;
  • Declaration, under oath, of your residence address, stating under what terms you are residing in the indicated dwelling (e.g. owner, tenant, sublessee, usufructuary, borrower, among others); and
    • In situations where you live in the place because you are the owner or usufructuary, you must present a land registration certificate or provide the respective access code to prove the right of ownership or the right of usufruct, or
    • In situations where you live in the location as a tenant or lessee, among others, a declaration from the landlord of the property or the hosting entity, mentioning the legal situation underlying the right to use the property;
  • Proof of means of subsistence;
  • Criminal record of the country of nationality of the person applying or criminal record of the country where the citizen lived for more than a year, before residing in Portugal, duly authenticated;
  • Declaration from the educational establishment stating that you are attending the course and have paid your tuition fees up to date;
  • Health insurance or proof that you are covered by the National Health Service.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR VISA EXPIRES BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE COUNTRY…

  • Call Agency for Integration, Migration, and Asylum (AIMA) (+351 217 115 000) and schedule an interview to renew your visa. Due to the high number of queries, your call is more likely to be taken early in the morning (8am) or late in the evening (7pm).
  • Holders of short stay visa or temporary stay visa can also schedule on-line an appointment at a Agency for Integration, Migration, and Asylum (AIMA) Bureau Renew to extend their period of permanence.
  • After you schedule your interview (probably in a two/three month’s time) you will need to gather the documents they ask for you to renew your visa.
  • After you gather all these documents you go to Agency for Integration, Migration, and Asylum (AIMA), wait patiently, and pay. Then you receive a receipt that you MUST keep, for this will be the only proof that you have renewed your visa. Give one to two months for your visa card to be finally ready.

Please see: https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/prorrogar-permanencia/

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR RESIDENCE CARD/TITLE EXPIRES BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE COUNTRY…

  • To apply for renewal you must possess a valid residence permit or one that has ben expired less than 6 months ago;
  • You can renew automatically through AIMA's online services.
    Alternatively, you can renew in person at a Registo office, by previous appointment.
  • After gathering all the necessary documents, go to a Registo office, wait patiently and pay. You will then receive a receipt that you MUST keep, as it will be the only proof that you have renewed your authorization. Wait one to two months until your residence/title card is finally ready.

Please see: https://justica.gov.pt/en-gb/Servicos/Renewal-of-Residence-Permit 

HOW TO OBTAIN A LODGING CERTIFICATE:

  • If you live at a Students’ Residence: this will be included in the letter from the institution/residence.
  • If you don’t live at a Students’ Residence: you will need to go to the corresponding Junta de Freguesia (which is a kind of city hall of each neighbourhood) and ask for a comprovativo de morada/proof of address. That might be a little complicated given that at Junta de Freguesia they will ask for two witnesses to confirm that you really live wherever you say you live. If you have received any commercial letters, i.e. bank, newsletters, at your Lisbon address, it should work as well. Sometimes a Multipurpose Certificate stating your address issued by the school might also help.

HOW TO OBTAIN A CRIMINAL RECORD

Foreign citizens wishing to apply for or renew a residence permit in Portugal do not need a certificate of criminal and contumacy record. They can authorize the Agency for Integration, Migration, and Asylum (AIMA) to access their record, without having to go to the criminal record service points.

Online
If you request the certificate of criminal record online, you must access the website Registo Criminal Online.

In person
You can apply for a criminal record certificate in person:

Health

The National Health Service (SNS) in Portugal has a network of bodies and services which provide complete healthcare to the whole population, through which the State guarantees peoples' right to health.
The SNS is made up of all the public entities that provide healthcare - hospitals, local health units, health centres and family health units, or groups of health centres.

Under EU legislation on Social Security, nationals from the EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland enjoy the same benefits as Portuguese citizens in terms of access to free or reduced-cost healthcare.
In order to benefit from these services, the citizens falling in the category mentioned above need to show the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).

Third Country nationals must hold medical insurance or benefit from other special medical coverage/arrangements for the entire stay in Portugal.

Third Country nationals, who have been residing in Portugal for more than 3 months (90 days), may wish to apply for the National Health Service Card (Cartão do Utente do SNS). The card is free of charge and gives you access to Portuguese Public Health Service. To obtain the NHS card foreigners must show in the health services in their area of residence, documentation proving their residence authorisation in national territory, according to the situations.

NIF Number / Bank Account

Opening a bank account in Portugal is recommendable to third country nationals as withdrawal from foreign banks can be rather expensive and foreign credit cards may not always be accepted.

The procedure to open a bank account is quite simple. You will need: your passport or international ID card, an address in Portugal and a Portuguese fiscal number.

Please check the documentation provided by the Embassy/Consular Services, usually for student visas, there’s already the provision of a temporary NIF number. If not, you’ll need to schedule and follow the procedure.

Following the legislative amendment to article 19 of the General Tax Law (LGT), operated by the Decree-Law No. 44/2022, of July 8, and consequent Circular Letter No: 90057, of July 20, 2022, upon registration and attribution of a Tax Identification Number (NIF) to a national or foreign citizen, as a non-resident, with address in a third country, i.e. in a country not belonging to the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), the appointment of a tax representative is not mandatory.

The request for the attribution of NIF to foreign citizens from third countries can be made electronically, on the Tax Office portal (via e-balcão), presented by the representative (resident in Portugal), or in person at the citizen's shop, and in the Tax Office services by prior appointment.
Scheduling must be requested through Tax Office Portal by registering at the Face-to-Face Service by Appointment accessible through the Portal's home page in the lower right corner under "Contact us" or, by calling 217 206 707 from the Telephone Assistance Centre, at working days, from 09:00 to 19:00 (Portuguese language).

Alternatively, you can also schedule an appointment for the Tax Office service at the National Immigrant Support Centre (CNAI) Lisbon by calling 808 257 257 / 218 106 191, at working days, from 09:00 to 19:00 (English language), or by emailing cnaim.lisboa@acm.gov.pt

National Immigrant Support Centre (CNAI) Lisbon
Rua Álvaro Coutinho, 14
1150-025 LISBOA
cnaim.lisboa@acm.gov.pt
9h-19h00m

You can also request to book an appointment using the Tax Office Services emails of the tax office of the area where you intend to live.

Before going to a service desk in person, we recommend booking in advance. If you choose to go to a service desk without booking, it is recommended that you do so early in the morning, to guarantee a service ticket.
You must be in the Tax Office service before 9 a.m., after which you can take the D ticket, which has a maximum limit of 50 per day.

You should bring with you a copy and the original of the following documents: Passport and proof of address in the country of origin.

Working in Portugal with a student visa

Holders of a residence permit for higher education students issued/applied for in Portugal, or students in higher education holding a residence permit granted by the Member State of the European Union covered by a European Union or multilateral program with mobility measures or by an agreement between two or more higher education institutions (see procedure for communication of mobility), may carry out a professional activity, as worker or self employed, in addition to the activity that gave rise to the visa (whenever their entry and stay has been authorised).

Students wishing to work in Portugal need to communicate/notify Agency for Integration, Migration, and Asylum (AIMA).
The communication/notification, when not submitted at the same time of the application or renewal of the permit, shall be sent by the applicant to the Directorate or Regional Delegation of Agency for Integration, Migration, and Asylum (AIMA) within the area of residence, preferably by e-mail (see contacts of Agency for Integration, Migration, and Asylum (AIMA)’s Public Service Bureaus) together with copies of the following:

  • Passport (biodata page);
  • Residence permit or the communication from Agency for Integration, Migration, and Asylum (AIMA) supporting the authorisation of stay in Portugal (for students in mobility);
  • Contract of employment; or
  • Service contracts of declaration of starting of an activity within tax administration (for the carry out of an independent professional activity);
  • Supporting proof of registration within social security.

Please see: https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/solicitar/estudar/com-exercicio-atividade-profissional-estudantes-ensino-superior/

HOW TO APPLY FOR A SOCIAL SECURITY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (NISS)

The Social Security Identification Number (NISS) allows access to rights and obligations in Social Security.

The NISS request is made by filling out the form available on the Social Security portal, to which the necessary documents must be attached in each case.

Foreign people

  • from the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland
    • civil ID document from the country of origin and its copy.
  • from third country
    • Passport, Residence Permit, Residence Authorization (temporary or permanent) or other civilian identification document from the country of origin and its copy.

Please see: https://en.seg-social.pt/registration

Portuguese Language Courses

The Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCSH) organizes a Portuguese language and culture course targeted to foreign international mobility students. Classes are held in its facilities located at Av. de Berna, n. 26–C, P–1050 LISBOA. These classes will not be offered at NOVA IMS' Campus.

You can find out more information about these courses at FCSH is this website: http://ple.fcsh.unl.pt/en/start/

Scholarships

NOVA IMS Social Mobility Scholarship

NOVA IMS offers a social mobility scholarship for students with a proven need for financial aid. This mission is associated with the development of the fundamental pillars of the Inclusion Policy of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, universality, social mobility and talent.

Please see: https://www.novaims.unl.pt/en/education/programs/postgraduate-programs-and-master-degree-programs/nova-ims-social-mobility-scholarship/

NOVA University Lisbon provides its students with access to various financial supports in collaboration with the General Directorate of Higher Education (DGES), companies, institutions and individuals, promoting the participation of society for a good common – higher education.

Please see: https://sas.unl.pt/en/scholarships-2/scholarships_/

«Estudante Sub 23+TP» Travel card

The Estudante Sub 23+TP Student is a free travel card for young people over the age of 18 and until the last day of the month in which they turn 24, who are enrolled in a national educational establishment, be it primary, secondary, professional or higher, requiring annual renewal.

Although free, monthly top-up of the pass for young students is mandatory.

For new memberships, you must request the issuance of the card, bearing its cost and present the following documents:

  • Proof of enrollment in a national education unit, valid for the current academic year (Obtain the sub23 Enrollment Declaration from the NOVA IMS Academic Services);
  • 1 original color passport photograph.
  • Presentation of identification document: Identity Card/Citizen's Card, Passport or Residence Permit.
  • Completing the Card Request Template.
  • Submit these documents to the transport company so that they can issue the sub23 pass card.

The card will be valid for a maximum period of 4 years, until the end of the month in which you turn 24 (if you are a higher education student).

To access the free Student Sub23+TP monthly pass, top-up must be carried out at a ticket office, upon mandatory presentation of the corresponding card.

Contacts

If you want more information about NOVA IMS degrees, contact any members of the team:

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    Ana Sousa
    Support Office for International Students, Insertion in Professional Career, Alumni and External Relations
    adnovaims@novaims.unl.pt
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    Beatriz Branco
    Admissions Office Coordinator
    admissions@novaims.unl.pt
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    Hugo Caldeira
    Support Office for International Students, Insertion in Professional Career, Alumni and External Relations
    adnovaims@novaims.unl.pt
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    Sónia Nunes
    Academic Services
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