As a Portuguese national you are considered a European Union (EU) citizen.'
Portugal is another western European country that is offering an express citizenship pathway to those aspiring to it. In particular, Portugal has an express citizenship pathway for those who can demonstrate that they are descended from Sephardic Jews.
Applying for Portuguese citizenship comes with less stringent documentary burdens – applications are open indefinitely, and only documented proof of past Sephardic familial origin is required.
E-residency schemes from all over the world are being promoted to entrepreneurs and digital nomads who want to be location independent.'
Estonia e-Residency Program
Estonia was the first country to offer e-Residency, a government-issued digital identity. The Estonian e-Residency program was launched in December 2014. Status as an e-resident provides access to Estonia’s transparent business environment. I outlined my guide to Estonian e-residency, and my experience signing up to it here.
In the years since its inception, thousands of E-resident entrepreneurs from all over the world have started EU-based companies managing their businesses remotely, and online.
Leading up to Brexit, many Britons fearing loss of access to the European Union, and who conducted business across Europe signed up to Estonian e-residency. By the end of 2020, about 3000 British entrepreneurs holding e-residency set up around 500 businesses via Estonia’s e-residency program.
In April 2021, the Estonian government imposed additional background checks for applicants to ensure that the right applicants are being approved for Estonia’s e-residency.
Estonia is onto a winner. It has established new pick-up points for approved e-residents to pick up their cards in São Paulo, Bangkok, Singapore, and Johannesburg. This is handy if you are based in these four locations.