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Persons who, not being stateless, have held the Portuguese citizenship


The government may grant the Portuguese citizenship to those who, not being stateless, have held the Portuguese citizenship.


The grant of the citizenship is at the discretion of the Portuguese government.

The rule allows the grant of the citizenship through naturalisation, that is, to all those who have lost it due to the decolonisation.


Necessary documents


-       Application addressed to the Minister of Justice containing the following elements:

o   Full name, date of birth, marital status, place of birth, citizenship, name of parents, profession, current address and indication of the countries he has lived previously;

o   Full name and address of the legal representatives or attorneys, if the applicant is legally unfit;

o   Number, date and issuing authority of the Residence Permit, passport or equivalent identification document, as much of the legal representatives or attorney if it is the case.

o   The authenticated signature of the applicant. The authentication is exempt if the applicant signs the application in front of a worker of the public department where he is going to submit it. When the attorney is a lawyer or a solicitor, it is only necessary to indicate his professional registration number in order to confirm his signature.

-       Birth Certificate of the applicant, with the translation if not issued in Portuguese.

-          Criminal Clearance issued by the country where the applicant was born, from where he holds his citizenship and of all countries he has ever lived after turning 16 years old, with the respective translation if not issued in Portuguese. The applicant is exempt of presenting the Portuguese Criminal Clearance, since it may be obtained compulsorily by the Portuguese government, yet we advise it previous presentation by the applicant in order to gain time.

-       Powers of Attorney if the application is to be submitted by our lawyers.

This case is applied to the great-grandchildren of Portuguese citizens.