Portuguese Citizenship

Naturalisation

In addition to the ways of acquiring citizenship by origin (children and grandchildren of Portuguese nationals or some born in Portugal) and those who can acquire citizenship by acquisition (adopted persons, spouses or common-law marriages and minor or incapacitated children of foreigners who acquired citizenship by derivation), there is also the possibility for foreign citizens to naturalise as Portuguese nationals.

The grounds justifying the naturalisation of a foreign national are diverse and are listed in Article 6 of the Citizenship Law.

Those who naturalise as Portuguese may then pass on Portuguese citizenship to their spouses or common-law partners and to their children who are minors or born after obtaining citizenship.

TYPES OF NATURALISATION

  1. Adults who have been legally resident for 5 years
  2. Minors born in Portugal
  3. Child or young person under the age of 18 in institutional care
  4. Individuals lost their citizenship but never acquired another one
  5. Born in Portugal, resident even if illegal
  6. Have been granted Portuguese citizenship, those who are considered to be descendants of Portuguese origin, members of communities of Portuguese descent and foreigners who have rendered or are called upon to render relevant services to the Portuguese State.
  7. Descendants of Sephardic Jews
  8. Residents and ascendants of Portuguese origin
  9. Who did not retain their citizenship by Decree-Law No 308-A/75 of 24 June 1975 because they had been resident in Portugal for less than 5 years on 25.04.1974.

The most usual are:

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