Citizens born in Portugal have the opportunity to acquire Portuguese citizenship originally by naturalisation, depending on their specific situation.
The individual who was born in Portugal and had a parent who, at the time of birth, was legally resident in Portuguese territory, or who, regardless of being legal, had been resident for at least one year, is entitled to original citizenship.
This legal amendment is from 2020 but applies retroactively to all those born after the entry into force of the 1981 Citizenship Act.
In situations where the applicant was born in Portugal. but neither parent met the requirements mentioned above for citizenship by attribution, he or she may still obtain citizenship by naturalisation if he or she has resided in Portugal for a certain period of time.
The matter is complex and each case must be analysed individually to find the best way forward.
Those who obtain original citizenship may then pass on Portuguese citizenship to their spouses or common-law partners, as well as to their children and grandchildren, and those who obtain it by naturalisation may pass it on to their spouses or common-law partners and to minors or children born after obtaining citizenship.
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