Individuals who were born before 20 December 1961 in one of the territories of India under Portuguese administration (Goa, Damiao, Diu, Dada and Nagar-Aveli).
They are/were Portuguese citizens by origin and their birth registration can be transcribed to Portugal, by themselves or a descendant, to retain Portuguese citizenship, provided they can prove that they were not domiciled in any of the former colonies in Africa in the years 1974 and 1975.
Citizenship is original and can also be passed on to your family without limitation, i.e. your spouse, children and grandchildren.
In principle it should be a very simple process of transcribing the birth certificate, known as a full certificate, to the civil registry. But, in reality, it is a very time-consuming process and in addition to what the law requires the civil registry has issued several internal guidelines over the years with extra requests for documentation without which it is difficult to approve a process, shielding itself from the many document and identity frauds that have been perpetuated for years. Therefore, it is crucial to assess whether the process is viable with the available documents and whether the filiation under the law that applied at the time of birth is verified.
* This is a purely informative and indicative list, subject to change in specific cases and needs to be completed in relation to how to issue legalisation.
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