As the COVID-19 situation evolves, all U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Programs, including the Fulbright Program, were suspended March 13 – https://www.state.gov/temporary-pause-of-international-exchange-programs-due-to-covid-19/. All Fulbright exchanges worldwide will remain paused until further notice.
In these unprecedented and difficult times, the Fulbright Commission in Portugal remains committed to doing everything we can to support our grantees, and we are in close contact with them. Their health and safety, as always, remain our number one priority.
We are also tracking institutions’ evolving contingency plans regarding the opening of academic year 2020-2021.
The Fulbright team in Portugal is now working partially at the office and from home and completely available to answer your questions by email or by phone – http://www.fulbright.pt/contacto/.
Ministry of Health – Current Situation in Portugal – COVID-19 (for English click on the Globe on the upper side of the page)
Ministry of Health – Homepage- COVID-19 (for English click on the Globe on the upper side of the page)
The Fulbright Program is not affected by President Trump’s June 22, 2020 Proclamation suspending the entry of aliens to the United States on non-immigrant H-1B or H-2B visas, L visas, and selected categories of J visas, through Dec 31, 2020, to avoid displacing and disadvantaging American workers during this period.
The Proclamation affects new applicants for six categories of J visa exchanges, including: intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, and summer work travel.
Participants, implementers and partners in the exchange programs that are funded and sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) should be aware that the proclamation does not affect the J visa eligibility or entry into the U.S. of any foreign participants in ECA’s Congressionally-funded exchanges. ECA’s funded exchanges, including the Fulbright Program, do not fall under any of the six J visa categories enumerated in the Proclamation. Exchanges funded and sponsored by U.S. embassies in which participants travel on J visas are also not affected.
The Proclamation is not retroactive. No valid visas will be revoked under this Proclamation.
While ECA has paused bringing new participants on many of its funded exchanges due to the global pandemic, once health conditions and travel advisories allow these exchanges to resume, participants in ECA-funded exchanges will be eligible to apply for J visas and to travel to the United States. In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, routine visa processing at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide remains suspended. The State Department is continually evaluating the presence of conditions necessary to resume routine visa processing. As resources allow, embassies and consulates worldwide are continuing to provide emergency and mission critical visa services.