Acquire Portuguese Nationality: Process, Requirements, Documents

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What is it?

A process through which individuals of Portuguese descent or fulfilling certain criteria can acquire Portuguese nationality.

Who needs it?

Anyone who meets the following criteria:

  • Individuals of Portuguese descent
  • Individuals whose parents were Portuguese residents at the time of their birth
  • Individuals who have resided legally in Portugal for a minimum period


  1. Prepare all necessary documents.
  2. Send the documents to the Central Registry Office in Lisbon, Portugal.
  3. The Central Registry Office assesses the case and typically responds within 6-12 months.
  4. If the request is accepted, the applicant must then make a declaration of allegiance to Portugal.

Required Documents

  • Birth certificate: Make sure it is an extended version detailing your ancestry.
  • Parents’ birth certificates: If your parents are of Portuguese descent.
  • Proof of Portuguese residence: If your parents were residing in Portugal at the time of your birth.
  • Evidence of legal residence in Portugal: For those who have resided in Portugal for the minimum required period.

Providers that can do it for you

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Additional details

  • The procedure may vary slightly depending on your individual situation, so it is crucial to thoroughly research and understand the process.
  • In some cases, if the parents do not have Portuguese nationality but have lived in Portugal for the necessary period, their children can also be eligible for nationality.
  • If you are using a lawyer or an agency to assist you, make sure they are legitimate and trustworthy.
  • It is also worth noting that the processing times can vary greatly depending on the complexity of each case.


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