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Obtaining the Portuguese citizenship is one of the 27 formulas to grant the European citizen status.

Being Portuguese is trendy since Portugal joined the EEC, now European Union.

It is great to be a European Union citizen, once it is the biggest market in the world and the populated area in which the Human Rights have reached the highest standards.

Thousands of Portuguese descendents coming from the European rectangle, the old colonies and from the emigration countries are currently applying for the Portuguese citizenship.

There are not only emotional reasons that motivate those people. There is also a craving for freedom of circulation and dignity, when Europe threats to become a fort, creating more obstacles for immigration.
This European Union is aged and needs new blood. And this is seen by many as an undelayable opportunity. Being a citizen from an EU country means being an European citizen – which is something far and away more different than being an immigrant in Europe.

This site intends to provide information to those who are entitled to obtain the Portuguese citizenship.

Being a Portuguese citizen – therefore an European Union citizen – is a privilege that cannot be wasted by those who have the opportunity to obtain the Portuguese citizenship, not only due to the benefits of the EU, but also because it is advantageous to be a Portuguese nowadays.

After the Empire cycle, despite of its small territory, Portugal has gained respect from the rest of world. Being a holder of a Portuguese passport is no longer a trouble as it was during the dictatorship period.

 

Who is entitled to the Portuguese citizenship

Here we present a summary informing who is entitled to the attribution, acquisition and recovery of the Portuguese Citizenship, in accordance with the Act n.º 37/81, of 3rd October (Nationality Act), with all alterations introduced and all relevant complimentary legislation.

 From this page you will be able to find the practical solution to your real case.

 

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Children of Portuguese mother or father, born in Portugal

As a rule, children of Portuguese mother or father, born in the Portuguese territory, are Portuguese citizens.

The proof of their citizenship is made through the registration at the Portuguese Civil Register Office.

Usually, in this group there are two basic problems:

- Citizens that were born in Portugal and immigrated to another country, however their parents have not registered them in Portugal;

- Citizens that were born in Portuguese territories that no longer are Portuguese territories.

The admission of the citizenship, in both situations, is influenced by the registration of the birth at the Portuguese Civil Register Office.

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Children of Portuguese mother or father, born abroad, when the Portuguese parent was there at the service of Portugal

Child of either Portuguese parents, born abroad, when the Portuguese parent was there serving Portugal

 

The children of either Portuguese parents, born abroad, when the Portuguese parent was there serving Portugal, are Portuguese citizens as long as their birth is registered at the Portuguese Civil Register Office.

 

Necessary documents

-        Birth Certificate of the applicant

-        Birth Certificate of the Portuguese parent

-        Certified copy of an identification document of the applicant

-        Evidence that the Portuguese parent was serving Portugal in the moment of the conception or birth

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

 

If the applicant is underage, both parents must sign the Powers of Attorney or the person who has the custody of the underage, considering that in this last situation will be necessary to give evidence of the custody.

 

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Children of Portuguese mother or father, born abroad, whose birth was registered in Portugal or who want to be Portuguese citizens

Children of Portuguese citizens, born abroad may apply for the attribution of Portuguese citizenship, as long as, through the registration of their birth at the Portuguese Civil Registration Office or through statement in which they declare they want to be Portuguese citizens, expressing their will to have their native Portuguese citizenship recognised.

The right to the attribution of Portuguese citizenship cannot be abdicated and may be performed at any time, through manifestation of his will, expressed by one of the following.

Necessary documents

1.    Birth Certificate of the Portuguese parent

2.    Birth Certificate of Applicant

3.    Certified copy of ID/Passport of the Applicant

4.    If you hire us to submit your application on your behalf, Powers of Attorney giving us powers to represent you in the procedure.

5.    Form – Sample 1C

6. A power of attornay

Additional Registrations

 Taking into account what is established by the Article 1 of the Portuguese Civil Registration Code, the applicants shall promote the registration of all civil life events that are compulsory to be registered by the Portuguese citizens, according to the Portuguese law, which, among others, are:

Registration of marriage of Portuguese citizen celebrated abroad;
Registration of death of Portuguese citizens;
Registration of divorce of Portuguese citizens;
The divorces determined by foreign Courts shall be reviewed and confirmed by a Portuguese Court
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Children of foreign citizens, born in Portugal, with parent that was also born and settled in Portugal

Requirements

-      Being a child of two foreign citizens;
-      One of the parents was born and is residing in the ;
-      The child was born in the Portuguese territory

Documents
- Birth certificate
- Birth certificate of the parent born in the Portuguese territory
- A Power  of attorney, if the case is introduced by our office

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Power of attornay for adults
Power of attornay for the parents, if the registry is requested by a minus aged
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Children of foreign citizens, born in Portugal, whose parents were lawfully settled in Portugal for at least 5 years

Requirements

-      Being child of foreign citizens;
-      The parents must not be in Portugal at the service of their own country;
-      Have been born in the Portuguese territory;
-      One of the parents must have lawful residence in the country for at least five years, at the time of the birth of the applicant.

Necessary Documents

-      Birth certificate of the applicant;
-      Document issued by SEF, proving that one of the parents was living lawfully in Portugal for at least five years at the time of the birth of the applicant;
-      Document issued by SEF, proving that none of the parents was living in Portugal in order to serve to their respective countries.
- A Power  of attorney, if the case is introduced by our office

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Power of attornay for adults
Power of attornay for the parents, if the registry is requested by a minus aged
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Person born in the Portuguese territory who has not another citizenship

Those born in the Portuguese territory that do not hold any other citizenship

 

The persons born in the Portuguese territory who do not hold any other citizenship are Portuguese citizens

 

Necessary documents

 

-         Birth Certificate of the applicant

-          Documental evidence of the foreign citizenship of the parents of the applicant or of their stateless status

-          Document issued by the country or countries to which the parents belong, stating that the applicant does not hold the their citizenship

-          Document issued by the country or countries to which the applicant has relevant links concerning nationality, proving that he does not hold the nationality of those countries.

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

 

 

The applicant must be living in Portugal when the application is submitted


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Underage or incapable children of father or mother who has acquired the Portuguese citizenship

 

The underage or legally unfit children of either Portuguese parent who have acquired the Portuguese citizenship are eligible to apply for the Portuguese citizenship.

 

This scenario is relevant to:

 

-        Underage or legally unfit children of the naturalised Portuguese citizens;

-        Underage or legally unfit children of the adopted;

-        Underage or legally unfit children of those who have obtained the Portuguese citizenship through marriage.

 

This rule is only valid whilst the applicant is underage.


Necessary documents

 

-        Birth Certificate of the applicant

-        Birth Certificate of the Portuguese parent with the acquisition of the citizenship annotated on it

-        Document proving the foreign citizenship of the applicant

-        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.

-        Portuguese criminal clearance if the applicant is over 16. (This document may be obtained compulsorily by the Portuguese government, yet we advise it previous presentation by the applicant in order to gain time).

-        Form Mod 2

-        Powers of Attorney if the application is to be submitted by our lawyers, signed by the legal representatives of the applicant.


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Foreign citizen who is married to a Portuguese citizen for over three years

The foreign citizen married, for over three years, to a Portuguese citizen is eligible to apply for the Portuguese citizenship

 

Necessary documents

 

-        Birth Certificate of the applicant

-        Birth Certificate of the Portuguese spouse, with the marriage annotated on it. (This document may be obtained compulsorily by the Portuguese government, yet we advise it previous presentation by the applicant in order to gain time).

-        Marriage Certificate. (This document may be obtained compulsorily by the Portuguese government, yet we advise it previous presentation by the applicant in order to gain time).

-        Document proving the foreign citizenship of the applicant, with the respective 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).

-        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.

-        Form Mod 3

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


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Foreign citizen who is living in a civil partnership with a Portuguese citizen for over three years

The foreign citizen who, on the date of the declaration, is in a civil partnership for over three year years to a Portuguese citizen, may apply for the Portuguese citizenship.

 

Necessary documents

 

-        Birth Certificate of the applicant

-        Birth Certificate of the Portuguese partner

-        Court decision recognising the civil partnership

-        Document proving the foreign citizenship of the applicant, with the respective 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).

-        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.

-        Form Mod 3

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


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Those who had lost their Portuguese citizenship due to waiver of the citizenship whilst they were incapable

Those who have lost the Portuguese citizenship, due to statement made when they were legally unfit, may re-acquire it.

 

Necessary documents

 

-        Form Mod 4

-        Birth Certificate of the applicant

-        Document proving the foreign citizenship of the applicant, with the respective 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).

-        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.

-        Documents proving the legal unfitness of the applicant.

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


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Person fully adopted by a Portuguese citizen

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.

 

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Foreign citizens living in Portugal for more then six years

The foreign citizens who are settled in the Portuguese territory are entitled to apply for the Portuguese citizenship through naturalisation, as long as they meet all following requirements:

 

a)     Be of full age or emancipated according to the Portuguese laws;

b)     To be lawfully living in the Portuguese territory for at least six years

c)     Have plenty of knowledge of the Portuguese idiom;

d)     Not have been convicted of crime whose maximum punishment is 3 years or more of imprisonment, under the term of the Portuguese law.

 

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

-        Document issued by the Portuguese Immigration Department (Serviços de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras) proving that the applicant has been lawfully living in the Portuguese territory for at least six years. The applicant is exempt to present this document which is compulsorily provided by the Portuguese Immigration.

-        Document proving that the applicant has plenty knowledge of the Portuguese idiom. The evidence of knowledge of Portuguese can be given by presenting the following documents:

a)     Diploma issued by a Portuguese public or private school, under the terms of the Portuguese law.

b)     Certificate of approval in exam carried out by any the institutions mentioned at item a.

c)     Certificate of proficiency in Portuguese as foreign language issued by one of the accredited Portuguese evaluation centres.

d)     In case of someone who has studied in a public or private school in any of the Portuguese-speaking countries, the evidence of knowledge of the Portuguese idiom may be given through Diploma issued by these teaching institutions.

 

If the applicant is illiterate, the evidence of the knowledge of Portuguese must be given according to his capability to show that he knows the idiom.

 

-        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.


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Underage children of foreign citizens, born in Portugal

The underage children, born in the Portuguese territory to foreign parents, are entitled to the Portuguese citizenship through naturalisation, as long as they meet the following requirements:

 

a)     Being born in the Portuguese territory;

b)     One of the parents has been lawfully settled in the Portuguese territory for at least five years;

c)     The applicant has finished the first stage of the elementary school in Portugal

 

The persons who fit in this situation can only apply for the naturalisation whilst underage, therefore, represented by their parents.

 

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

-       Document issued by the Portuguese Immigration Department (Serviços de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras) proving that at least one of the parents of the applicant has been lawfully living in the Portuguese territory for at least five years. The applicant is exempt to present this document which is compulsorily provided by the Portuguese Immigration.

 

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-       Document proving that the applicant has finished the first stage of the elementary school in Portugal.

-       Document proving that the applicant has plenty knowledge of the Portuguese idiom. The evidence of knowledge of Portuguese can be given by presenting the following documents:

a)     Diploma issued by a Portuguese public or private school, under the terms of the Portuguese law.

b)     Certificate of approval in exam carried out by any the institutions mentioned at item a.

c)   Certificate of approval in exam issued by the Portuguese Consulates when the applicant was still living abroad.

d)     Certificate of proficiency in Portuguese as foreign language issued by one of the accredited Portuguese evaluation centres.

e)     In case of someone who has studied in a public or private school in any of the Portuguese-speaking countries, the evidence of knowledge of the Portuguese idiom may be given through Diploma issued by these teaching institutions

 

If the applicant is under ten years old or illiterate, the evidence of the knowledge of Portuguese must be given according to his capability to show that he knows the idiom.

 

-       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.

 

In some special case, the Minister of Justice may exempt the applicant to provide any of the documents that shall instruct the application, as long as there are no doubts concerning to meeting the requirements that such document was supposed to prove.

 

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Persons who once have had and lost the Portuguese citizenship, however have never obtained another citizenship

The Nationality Act establishes that the Government shall grant the naturalisation, with exemption of the requirements, established by subsection b and c of section 1, to the persons who once have had the Portuguese citizenship, and then have lost it, without obtaining any other citizenship after that.

 

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

·         The application shall inform the circumstances which determined the loss of the Portuguese citizenship.

-       Birth Certificate of the applicant

-       Documents issued by the countries to which the applicant has relevant links (the country where he was born, the countries where he has ever lived and the country where his parents come from) to prove that he has never obtained another citizenship, with their  translation if they were 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.


In some special cases, the Minister of Justice may exempt the applicant to provide any of the documents that shall instruct the application, as long as there are no doubts concerning to meeting the requirements that such document was supposed to prove.

 


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Foreign grandchildren of Portuguese citizens

The Portuguese Government shall grant the naturalisation, with exemption of the requirement established by subsection b of item 1, to those persons born abroad with, at least, an ancestor on the 2nd degree of the sucessory line of the Portuguese citizenship who has not lost such citizenship.

 

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. This certificate must give evidence that the parents have recognised the applicant whilst he was underage.

-       Birth Certificate of the Portuguese grandparent.

-       Birth Certificate of the parent who is child of the Portuguese grandparent. This certificate must give evidence that the grandparents have recognised the parent of the applicant whilst he was underage.

-       Document proving that the applicant has plenty knowledge of the Portuguese idiom. The evidence of knowledge of Portuguese can be given by presenting the following documents:

a)     Diploma issued by a Portuguese public or private school, under the terms of the Portuguese law.

b)     Certificate of approval in exam carried out by any the institutions mentioned at item a.

c)   Certificate of approval in exam issued by the Portuguese Consulates when the applicant was still living abroad.

d)     Certificate of proficiency in Portuguese as foreign language issued by one of the accredited Portuguese evaluation centres.

e)     In case of someone who has studied in a public or private school in any of the Portuguese-speaking countries, the evidence of knowledge of the Portuguese idiom may be given through Diploma issued by these teaching institutions

 

If the applicant is illiterate, the evidence of the knowledge of Portuguese must be given according to his capability to show that he knows the idiom.

 

-       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.

 

In some special case, the Minister of Justice may exempt the applicant to provide any of the documents that shall instruct the application, as long as there are no doubts concerning to meeting the requirements that such document was supposed to prove.


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Children of foreign citizens, who have lived in the Portuguese territory during the 10 years prior to the application

The Government may grant the Portuguese citizenship, through naturalisation, with exemption of the requirement of the lawful residence in the Portuguese territory, to those persons who were born in the Portuguese territority, children of foreign citizens, who had regularly lived in Portugal during 10 years prior to the submission of the aplication.

 

This rule seeks to sort out the situation of the children of illegal immigrants, born in the Portuguese territory.

They may obtain the Portuguese citizenship as long as their parents have lived in the country during ten years.

The grant of the citizenship is at the discretion of the Government.

 

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

-          Document giving evidence that the applicant had lived in Portugal during ten years prior to the submission of the application: invoice of the contributions for the Social Security and Tax Administration, school attendance, living conditions report or valid travel documents.

-          Document proving that the applicant has plenty knowledge of the Portuguese idiom. The evidence of knowledge of Portuguese can be given by presenting the following documents:

a)     Diploma issued by a Portuguese public or private school, under the terms of the Portuguese law.

b)     Certificate of approval in exam carried out by any the institutions mentioned at item a.

c)   Certificate of approval in exam issued by the Portuguese Consulates when the applicant was still living abroad.

d)     Certificate of proficiency in Portuguese as foreign language issued by one of the accredited Portuguese evaluation centres.

e)     In case of someone who has studied in a public or private school in any of the Portuguese-speaking countries, the evidence of knowledge of the Portuguese idiom may be given through Diploma issued by these teaching institutions

 

If the applicant is illiterate, the evidence of the knowledge of Portuguese must be given according to his capability to show that he knows the idiom.

 

-       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.

 

In some special case, the Minister of Justice may exempt the applicant to provide any of the documents that shall instruct the application, as long as there are no doubts concerning to meeting the requirements that such document was supposed to prove.


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Non-stateless persons, who have had the Portuguese citizenship in the past

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.

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Persons who are Portuguese descendents, or members of Portuguese communities

The Government may grant the Portuguese citizenship to those who are Portuguese descendents and members of the Portuguese communities. This is a political type of naturalisation, not being a subjective right of the applicants as happens to the grandchildren of Portuguese citizens.

 

This is a situation that is usually applied to the great-grandchildren of the Portuguese citizens.

 

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 its 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.

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Foreigners who have rendered or were convoked to render relevant services to the Portuguese government or national community

The Government may grant the Portuguese citizenship to those foreign citizens who have served Portugal or were called to render relevant services to the Portuguese State or the national community. This is a case of grant through naturalisation with especially political character.

 

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 its 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.

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Portuguese citizens who have lost the Portuguese citizenship, during the effectiveness of previous acts, due to the fact they had obtained another citizenship

The Portuguese citizens who, during the effectiveness of previous laws have lost of the Portuguese citizenship due to the fact they have obtained other citizenship (Act 2098 of 29th July 1059), may re-obtain the Portuguese citizenship through a statement when the definitive registration of the loss of the citizenship has been annotated on the records of the Portuguese Civil Register Office (Article 31, 1, b of the Nationality Act and article 67 of the Nationality Regulations).

 

Necessary documents

 

If the applicant chooses to submit with application through the Form Mod. 31

-       Fill in the Form Mod 31

-       Birth Certificate

If the applicant chooses to give his declaration in person at the Portuguese Civil Register Office

-       Birth Certificate of the applicant

The form filling as much its signature may be done through a lawyer.

 

If the application is to be submitted by one of our lawyers, it will be necessary Powers of Attorney.

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Foreign women who have got married to Portuguese citizen during the effectiveness of the rules prior to the current Nationality Act

The foreign woman who, during the effectiveness of the previous act, has got married to Portuguese citizen has obtained the Portuguese citizenship due to law.

 

To have such status recognised by the Portuguese government, it is necessary to register the marriage at the Portuguese Civil Register Office and apply for the recognition of the Portuguese citizenship under the terms of the Basis X of the Act 2098.

 

Necessary documents

 

-       Birth Certificate

-       Marriage Certificate

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

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Portuguese women who have lost the Portuguese citizenship due to the fact they have got married to foreign citizens

The women who have lost the Portuguese citizenship due to the fact they have got married to a foreign citizen prior to the effectiveness of the Nationality Act 1981, may re-acquire it.

 

It is important to highlight that all women who got married to foreign citizens, before the Nationality Act 1981 came into force, had lost the Portuguese citizenship, no matter whether the marriage has been registered at the Portuguese Civil Register Office or not.

 

To learn more about this subject, check the article Re-acquisition of the Portuguese Citizenship.

 

Differently to what happens to those citizens who have lost the Portuguese citizenship due to the fact they have obtained another citizenship and whose registrations were not processed, implying on the automatic re-acquisition of the Portuguese citizenship, the Portuguese women, who got married with foreign citizens during the effectiveness of the Act 2098, have lost the Portuguese citizenship, however, being able to re-acquire it.

 

Necessary documents

 

-       Form Mod. 30

 

If the loss of the citizenship has been registered at the Portuguese Civil Register Office, it must be identified.

 

If the loss of the citizenship has not been registered at the Portuguese Civil Register Office, the following documents must also be gathered:

a)     Document proving the foreign citizenship of the applicant, informing the date and the grounds on which she has obtained the new citizenship, with the due translation if not issued in Portuguese.

b)    Birth Certificate of the applicant with the annotation of the marriage.

 

There are no lodging fees to be paid.

 

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