Portuguese Citizenship

Illegal resident born in Portugal

For whom it is intended:

A foreign citizen who was born in Portugal may apply for Portuguese citizenship, provided that it fulfils all of the following conditions:

  1. The parent was resident in Portugal, regardless of title, at the time of the birth
  2. Has been resident in Portugal, regardless of title, for at least five years

Obtains derived citizenship, but can transmit on Portuguese citizenship to spouse, common-law partner and minor children.

* Note: Those born in Portugal after 1981 whose parent was a legal resident at the time of birth or illegal for more than one year have a different route to citizenship.

Requirements:

  • Born in Portugal
  • Parent residing in Portugal, regardless of title, at the time of birth
  • Has been resident in Portugal, regardless of title, for at least five years
  • Not having been convicted with a final judgement for an offence punishable by a prison sentence of three years or more, according to Portuguese law.
  • Not having been involved in terrorism-related activities
  • Has sufficient knowledge of the Portuguese language (e.g. by obtaining a grade of 50% in an A2 level exam), with the exception of nationals of Portuguese-speaking countries and some others.
  • Compile, among others, the following documents:
    • Identification document
    • Birth certificate
    • Test of adequate proficiency in the Portuguese language
    • Criminal record of the country of birth and citizenship and of all countries where the applicant has resided after 16 years of age
    • Photocopy of the residence card in Portugal

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:

  • Power of attorney;
  • Photocopy of identification document;
  • Birth certificate;
  • Test of adequate proficiency in the Portuguese language;
  • Criminal record of the country of birth and citizenship and of all countries where the applicant has resided after 16 years of age;
  • Photocopy of the residence card in Portugal

* 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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