Portuguese Citizenship

Adoption abroad

For whom it is intended:

Adoption of a Portuguese citizen that is decreed abroad must be transcribed to Portugal to be registered in the birth certificate.

The foreign adoption decision has to be reviewed and confirmed to be valid in Portugal.

The procedure for reviewing a foreign judgement is judicial, requires the assistance of a lawyer and can only be brought in Portugal.

Foreign nationals adopted abroad who wish to acquire citizenship must also review and confirm the adoption judgement in order to present it in the procedure for acquiring citizenship by adoption.

Requirements:

  • That the judgement to be confirmed meets the following legal requirements:
    • That there be no doubt as to the authenticity of the document in which the judgement is contained or as to the intelligence of the decision
    • it has become final under the law of the country in which it was given
    • it comes from a foreign court whose jurisdiction has not been invoked in fraud of the law and does not deal with a matter that falls within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Portuguese courts
    • The defence of lis pendens or res judicata cannot be invoked on the basis of a case before a Portuguese court, unless the foreign court has prevented jurisdiction from being exercised.
    • The defendant has been duly summoned to the action, in accordance with the law of the country of the court of origin, and the principles of adversarial proceedings and equality of the parties have been observed in the proceedings.
    • It does not contain a decision whose recognition would lead to a result manifestly incompatible with the principles of international public order of the Portuguese State.
  • Compile, among others, the following documents:
    • Birth certificate of the Portuguese national
    • Certificate of the foreign judgement
    • Other documents relating to the type of case in question

We will analyse and compare birth certificates and proof of residence documents, taking the opportunity to detect any inconsistencies in the documents that may impede the process.

Process:

  1. Framing the entitlement and determining the best strategy for the client and their family.
  2. Guidance on the issue and legalisation of foreign documents by the client.
  3. Submission of the file to the competent registry/court/sector in Portugal and regular monitoring of progress.
  4. Sending the final document to the client – be it the judgement, the civil registration certificate (birth, marriage, death), etc.

* In the citizenship process the client receives a certificate of the Portuguese birth certificate and has the obligation to request the issuance of the ->Citizen Card-> and in possession of the latter, if desired, it can also request the issuance of the ->Portuguese Passport->. Both documents can be issued at the Portuguese Embassy and/or Consulate or directly in Portugal. Ask us how.

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