NATIONALITY BY NATURALIZATION

 

The Government grants the Portuguese nationality, by naturalization, to the foreigners that satisfy cumulatively the following requirements:

  • The Major of 18 years old or emancipated under Portuguese law;
  • Have been legally resident in Portugal for at least five years;
  • Know the Portuguese language ;
  • They have not been convicted, with a sentence of res with a term of imprisonment equal to or greater than 3 years and do not constitute a danger or threat to national security or defense by their involvement in activities related to the practice of terrorism, under the terms of the respective law.
  • The Government grants Portuguese nationality also in those cases where one of the parents here has residence, regardless of title, for at least five years immediately preceding the request;
  • The minors here have completed at least one cycle of elementary education or upper secondary education.


NEW LAW covers cases:

 

  • NATIONALITY THROUGH THE ASCENDENCE
    It is possible for the parents of Portuguese of origin to acquire Portuguese nationality as long as they have resided in Portugal for at least 5 years immediately prior to the request, regardless of what title they had and ancestry was established at the time of the citizen’s birth. 
  • IMPORTANT NOTE ON NATURALIZATIONS:
    The Government grants the nationality, by naturalization, with exemption from the requirement of legal residence of the 5 year, to the individuals that satisfy cumulatively the following requirements:

    1. Have been born in Portuguese territory;
    2. Children of a foreigner residing here, regardless of title, at the time of his birth;
    3. They reside here, regardless of title, for at least five years.