Portuguese Nationality

Ascendant of Portuguese resident in Portugal

For whom it is intended:

A foreign national who is the ascendant (parent) of an original Portuguese citizen, who has resided here, regardless of title, for at least five years immediately prior to the application and provided that the ancestry was established at the time of the Portuguese citizen’s birth.

You obtain derived nationality, but you can pass on Portuguese nationality to your spouse, unmarried partner and minor children.


  • Be the parent of an original Portuguese citizen
  • Have resided in Portugal, regardless of title, for the immediately preceding five years
  • Not have been convicted of an offence punishable by a prison sentence of three years or more under Portuguese law.
  • Not have been involved in terrorism-related activities
  • Have sufficient knowledge of the Portuguese language (e.g. by passing 50% of an A2 level exam), with the exception of nationals of Portuguese-speaking countries and some others
  • Gather the following documents, among others:
    • Identification document
    • Birth certificate
    • Proof of sufficient knowledge of the Portuguese language
    • Criminal record of the country of birth and nationality and of all countries where you have resided after 16 years of age
    • Photocopy of your Portuguese residence card
    • Proof of residence in Portugal

We will analyse and compare birth certificates and proof of residence documents, taking the opportunity to detect any discrepancies in the documents that might hinder the process.


  1. Framing the legal framework 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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