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Citizen who was adopted by a Portuguese citizen acquires the Portuguese citizenship due to the law.

 

Necessary documents

 

If the adopted applicant has been born abroad:

 

-        Birth Certificate, legalised by the Portuguese Consulate with its translation if the certificate is not issued in Portuguese.

-        Birth Certificate of the adoptive Portuguese parent.

-        Certificate of the Court decision which has granted the adoption. If the Court decision has been rendered by a foreign Court, it has to be reviewed and confirmed by a Portuguese Court first. Notwithstanding, it will not be necessary if the decision was rendered by a country which has a special agreement with Portugal, exempting the review and confirmation of the decision. When there is the review and confirmation, the Court will compulsorily send a certificate of the decision to the Portuguese Civil Register Office.

-        If the applicant is over 16, the criminal clearance issued by the country where he 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. He is exempt of presenting the Portuguese Criminal Clearance.

-        If the applicant is over 16, document proving the nature of the public function or that he has served the army due to legal obligation. The presentation of such documents is only necessary if the applicant fits in these situations.

 

If the adopted applicant has been born in Portugal:

 

-        Birth Certificate of the adoptive Portuguese parent.

-        Certificate of the Court decision which has granted the adoption.

-        If the applicant is over 16, the criminal clearance issued by the country where he 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. He is exempt of presenting the Portuguese Criminal Clearance.

-        If the applicant is over 16, document proving the nature of the public function or that he has served the army due to legal obligation. The presentation of such documents is only necessary if the applicant fits in these situations.